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Melbourne in Australia has to be one of the best places for families to enjoy spending time together.

The types of picnicking places you can enjoy with the family celebration or even a more intimate occasion can range from a local, suburban, neighborhood park through to a more formal botanical setting or perhaps one of the beautiful beaches that line the coast of Victoria.

Within the city itself you can find beautiful and accessible parklands and open spaces to rest and recuperate. Parklands with free gas bbq's, plenty of benches and table settings to make your picnic enjoyable

Melbourne's vast outer areas and unique Victorian countryside provide somewhere for picnic places, be it for a formal or informal celebration or get together.

Enjoy planning a picnic for your family and check this pages out if you are looking for some picnic food ideas and some extra picnic tips.

Family picnic in the parkFamily Picnic Time In The Park

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Melbourne Inner City Picnic Places - Part 1

Alexandra Gardens

The Alexandra Gardens are located on the south bank of the Yarra River, opposite Federation Square and the Melbourne Central Business District.

Alexandra Gardens are part of a larger group of parklands directly south-east of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands, which includes;

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Kings Domain
  • Alexandra Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Gardens

Alongside the Yarra River are numerous Rowing Club boathouses and past the boathouses are lawns with electric barbecues for the public to enjoy this pretty area.

Alexandra Gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/delcond/3505593339/  The Central City Alexandra Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens are 38 hectares and displays more than 50,000 plants with diverse plant collections, year-round events and unique tours

Check out the Garden's Guide Map for locations to all entrances, amenities and convenient covered picnic spots.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/charlot17/3996835459/  The Magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens

Birrarung Marr

The 8 hectare (20 acre) park lies immediately to the south-east of the central business district, between Flinders Street and the north bank of the Yarra River.

Birrarung Marr is more like beachside promenade rather than a formal garden park.

There are barbecue facilities, as well as public toilets near Speakers Corner, makes for an excellent inner city picnic spot.

Birrarung Marr melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/delcond/2251034039/  The Birrarung Marr Bell Chimes

Docklands Precinct

Take the opportunity to explore this area regularly as this is one of Melbourne's exciting new areas reclaimed old real estate and growing all the time. Just click the link here for more information on this very reasonably priced tour of the Docklands region. 

There are sections with free electric BBQ's and unique playground equipment as what you can see above.

Boats formed to look like Australia's native currajong seed pod.

Docklands Melbourne Australia picnic spot compliments of Steve CurlePlayground Equipment At The Melbourne Docklands

Albert Park Lake

The parkland, Albert Park lake and Gunn Island, provide a grassy wetlands habitat for nearly two hundred bird species. Some live here permanently and others fly in on their annual migration.

There are nine separate picnic areas, most with barbecues, shelters and toilets and there are several playgrounds of varying sizes for the kids to enjoy.

The Australian Grand Prix is held around the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit around the lake in March each year.

The Albert Park Yacht club runs sailing classes over winter months on the lake.

Albert Park Lake Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/geezmoz/88565425/ The Man Made Albert Park Lake, Melbourne - Australia

Westgate Park

As Melbourne's Westgate area was being reclaimed and the Westgate Bridge was being built, so was this parkland area being set up as an excellent and top picnic place for local and visitors alike.

Conveniently located along the eastern banks of the Yarra River under the Westgate Bridge, the park offers spectacular views to the mouth of the Yarra and the city skyline.

With free electric BBQ's and children's playground you can now enjoy a picnic lunch with friends or family or cycle along the Yarra River or the Port Melbourne foreshore.

westgate bridge with park belowThe Westgate Bridge

These are just a small selection of picnic spots that you can enjoy within or not too far from the Melbourne City Business District.

Continue onto Part 2 for Family Getaways Melbourne's selection of excellent picnic spots in Melbourne's outer suburban areas and perhaps a little further out into the Victorian Countryside.

Part 2 - More places for great picnics in the outer suburbs of Melbourne and into the Victorian countryside.

Part 3 - More places for great picnics along Melbourne's salt water Beach foreshores.

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