Sep 16, 2021 | Community

5 Best Picnic spots in Brunswick and beyond

Author: Pablo Gonzalez

Illustrator: Pedrirou

Parks - Brunswick Daily

Vaccination rates keep increasing and that’s slowly translating into freedom perks for Melburnians. One of these perks is being able to socialise outdoors. Yes, from 11.59PM on Friday 17 September, two people from different households may meet for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity.

If you’re fully vaccinated, five adults from two households plus their dependents are able to gather outdoors. The travel limit is also expanded from five to ten kilometres, so grab your picnic basket, rug, speakers, nibbles, drinks, hope for good weather (or picnic under the pouring rain, it doesn’t matter!) and pick one of these parks to hang out with friends:

Gilpin Park

Sitting on an exhausted clay pit and quarry you will be able to enjoy a lovely gathering. Come here if you’re interested in barbeques, ping pong, skating and/or soccer. If fully vaccinated, bring the whole family because there’s a playground and an enclosed dog park as well!

Methven Park

This is one of the hidden gems of Brunswick. This park makes you feel like you suddenly arrived at a secret garden in the middle of our suburb. It’s perfect for a small group picnic, there’s a playground and public toilets. An extra feature is that you’re very very close to Lygon Street and a servo if you need last-minute nibbles.

Princes Park

This is a classic, cool, and almost unmissable destination for a picnic. Prinny has it all and there’s enough room to feel you’re not sitting on top of each other if that concerns you these days. Come to Prinny with all your family (if fully vaccinated) for a picnic and more. You’ll find public toilets, dog-friendly areas, and spacious gardens to play frisbee, kick a footy, or playing catch.

Coburg Lake Reserve

In terms of features, Coburg Lake Reserve has it all. Barbeque, playground, tables, shelters, public toilets, you name it. But of course, you can’t have it all because here, dogs must be kept on a leash. 

Carlton Gardens

If you’re craving some CBD kind of feeling, you can catch trams 1, 6, or 96 to go south to Carlton Gardens. Home to the Melbourne Museum, beautiful fountains, and amazing trees, this park has enough space and the amenities to have the full picnic experience. Public toilets, tennis courts, children playgrounds and spaced areas are perfect. Remember to keep your dog on a leash here!

If you want to impress your friends with a nice selection of wines and cheeses for your picnic, we strongly recommend you to go to Staple Liquour on Victoria Street where Josh will give you the best suggestion based on your needs. Step into Harper and Blohm on Sydney Road feeling like you’re suddenly in Paris. The girls who work here are always happy to recommend you the best from their wide selection of cheese.

Looking for something different? Moreland City Council has a great website where you can find parks selecting a suburb. Check it out here.

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Carmelina Zammit
11/10/2021 11:31 am

Unfortunately our Parks Rubbish Bins are overflowing residents could take their rubbish home to place in their house bins would help