As the Fahrenheit begins to climb and the blue skies shine, Gold Coasters start migrating outdoors to lap up the glorious surroundings they’re blessed with.
With more than 2,314 parks spanning across the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking your next picnic location! So pack a rug, bring good company and get ready to set off to one of our top picks for spring.
Macintosh Island Park – Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Tucked away amongst the glitz and glamour of Surfers Paradise, this charming park is a hidden gem that many visitors and locals don’t know about. A popular spot to get together with family and friends, the park boasts wild peacocks roaming free, cascading streams and large shady trees to laze under. Located mere minutes from Narrowneck beach, you can cross the bridge after you finish your picnic and pop in for a quick dip.
Burleigh Hill – Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
You’re not a true local until you’ve had a picnic on Burleigh Hill! While the infamous spot draws Gold Coast natives every day of the week, hundreds flock to the hill to soak up the sunshine and buzzing atmosphere come weekends. With an elevated position and prime views of the sprawling coastline from Burleigh through to Surfers Paradise, it’s no surprise the spot has become one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic picnic locations.
Short on time and don’t have time to pack a picnic? With a wide selection of restaurants and cafes within walking distance, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking up some last minute snacks.
HOTA precinct – 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
If a trip to the local farmers’ markets is a weekend ritual for you, look no further than setting up shop at the city’s cultural hub HOTA, Home of the Arts. With weekly markets held every Sunday, why not pick up a selection of cheeses, sweet treats, fresh produce and other delicacies to feast on before picking a spot to roll out the picnic rug. The precinct boasts an impressive Outdoor Stage area and harbours Evandale Parklands to the rear, giving patrons an abundance of options when it comes to selecting a patch of grass to laze on.
Long Tan Park – Corner of Bains Road and Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported into another world when you venture into Currumbin Valley. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll be hard-pressed to believe the lush green scenery is located so closely to the buzzing coastal strip. The lush green foliage and steady stream make for a tranquil environment, allowing you to truly kick back and relax.
Bochow Park – Nerang–Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley
Heading west to visit the Natural Bridge? Do yourself a favour and stop for a picnic pit stop at Numinbah Valley’s Bochow Park. Bordered by the Nerang River and scenic hinterland views from every angle, Bochow Park highlights the beauty of the green that is found behind the gold – getting back to nature never looked so good! With shady spots, a playground, picnic shelter and BBQ facilities, the park is the ideal location to recharge your batteries and take in your surroundings.
Kurrawa / Pratten Park – Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Looking for a picnic location that has it all in the hub of the city? Look no further than Broadbeach’s famous Kurrawa and Pratten parks! Sitting adjacent from Kurrawa beach and opposite Broadbeach mall, the park’s prime position has cemented its place as a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Offering an abundance of flat ground to unwind on, the park’s facilities also include BBQ areas, picnic tables, toilets and all abilities playground – we can guarantee you won’t want to leave.
Laguna Park – 130 Laguna Avenue, Palm Beach
While Broadwater Parklands usually takes the cake as the go-to destination for families with children, Laguna Park in Palm Beach warrants a mention. Boasting a huge adventure playground, pirate ship, a liberty swing, pedal power monorail and more, there is something to keep children of all ages entertained for hours. Featuring tranquil lakeside views and a cute as a button rotunda, the park also offers undercover picnic and BBQ areas – everything you need for a lazy Sunday picnic with the family.