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When planning for a picnic, the venue is most important to consider. The location, the scenery, the access to conveniences, do you need to cook anything, are there tables and seating and so many more things to consider.

One of these questions has been addressed on this page ... Location

Here in this section, you will find a selection of picnic places that will help you to put together a picnic that the whole family will thoroughly enjoy.

Taking you into the outer Melbourne suburbs where there are beautiful parks and gardens and pristine Melbourne beaches will no doubt provide the perfect backdrop for memorable family outings.

Quite a few parks and beaches support free electric BBQ's and modern playground equipment.

Some of these are short distances from the central business district of the city while others are a little further out into the Victorian countryside.

Map Of Some Of The Best Picnic Places Around Melbourne

Use this Google Map below to help you define which region that you may want to plan a picnic visit.

Just click onto the either the link below the map for a larger more detailed map or onto a picnic table icon for the description on the picnic spot itself.

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Plan A Picnic In The Outer Melbourne Regions - Top 9 Suggestions

No' 1 - Werribee Park Mansion

Werribee Park is the estate of a historical building in Werribee, Victoria, Australia.

It includes...

  • Werribee Park Mansion
  • The Victoria State Rose Garden formal gardens
  • The Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre
  • The Werribee Open Range Zoo
  • A contemporary sculpture walk
  • A natural river side area which is being grown with the plants of the Kurung Jang Balluk clan who lived on Werribee River.
Werribee Park MansionHistorical Werribee Park Mansion in Victoria, Australia

No' 2 - Plan a Picnic at Cardinia Reservoir Park

Kangaroos are the parks natural inhabitants with many not afraid to join in on your picnic.

The surrounds of the reservoir are landscaped to create a recreational area including picnic areas and BBQ's, playgrounds, carparks and walking tracks.

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No' 3 - Emerald Lake Park

Emerald is known for its Emerald Lake (Lake Treganowan).

The lake offers...

  • barbecue facilities
  • children's playgrounds
  • a pool
  • paddle boats
  • walking tracks
  • fishing
  • Environment Centre
  • model railway
  • café
  • a railway station for Puffing Billy
Emerald Lake ParkPlan a picnic at Emerald Lake Park in the Dandenong Ranges

No' 4 - Plan a Picnic at Jells Park 

Jells Park is a public park in Wheelers Hill, a suburb to the south-east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The park is in excess of 127 hectares and contains 9 kilometres of bike paths and a fitness station area. Jells Park has many barbecue and picnic areas scattered throughout the parkland.

Jells Park Wheelers HillPlan a picnic venue at Jells Park Wheelers Hill an outer suburb of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia


My travel partner Viator has gathered together some excellent tours that take in Victoria's wonderful countryside and beaches and some of these provide a delicious picnic for you to enjoy along the way filled with good old fashioned Aussie tucker.

Check out these two value packed tours that I have selected for you to experience



Take a day trip from Melbourne to experience the natural wonders of the Grampians National Park. A geological playground for hikers, rock climbers and wildlife, the Grampians offer second to none views over the the park and western plains of Victoria and is home to the spectacular Mackenzie Falls.

The first stop inside the Grampians National Park is Brambuk Cultural and Information Centre where you’ll learn about the six seasons of the Grampians and the connection the local indigenous have had with the land for thousands of years. Continue to the only town inside the park Halls Gap for picnic style lunch (included).

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Viator Savanna Picnic Tour


See Kangaroos and Koalas in the wild! This naturalist guided, small group tour gives you quality time to see wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia.

Watch the natural behavior of wild kangaroos, koalas and abundant bird life.

Get involved in koala research with your naturalist guide.

A delicious bush lunch is included.

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No' 5 - Macedon Regional Park - Hanging Rock

Mount Macedon is a small town 64 kilometres north-west of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria.

Hanging Rock in central Victoria is a distinctive geological formation situated on the flat plain between the two small townships of Newham and Hesket. Approximately 70 km north-west of Melbourne and a few kilometres north of Mount Macedon (a former volcano) .

Enjoy a leisurely picnic at Sanatorium Picnic Area and Days Picnic Area - several of the six picnic grounds spread along the ridge of the range. There are picnic tables, fireplaces and a handy information board.

Hanging RockPlan a picnic at Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria - Australia

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The park is also a popular tourist destination and picnic spot. Some of the interesting attractions found there include...

  • The Organ Pipes
  • The Tessellated Pavement
  • The Rosette Rock

There is a Visitors Center and picnic area next to the car park and short walking tracks down a rather steep hill to Jacksons Creek and the rock features.

No' 7 - Woodlands Historic Park  

A recreational path for cyclists and walkers connects many reserves, parks and sporting grounds along the Moonee Ponds Creek starting at Melbourne Docklands and continuing to Woodlands Homestead within Woodlands Historic Park.

As the Melbourne Airport is not far from this parkland you can view the large jet airliners flying low over the tree tops. Always a thrill for young and old alike.

Plan your picnic at the Somerton Road Picnic Area, nested under magnificent river red gums where there are electric barbecues and tables and toilets are provided for your convenience.

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No' 8 - Plan a Picnic at Lysterfield Lake Park

Relax and plan a picnic in the native grounds under the shade of the spotted gums. Nestled away deep in the outer suburbs of Lysterfield you would be excused in believing that you were deep in the heart of the Australian bushland except that suburban houses are only a few minutes away.

There are two picnic areas along the lake shore and both have toilets, picnic tables and free electric barbecues.

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No' 9 - Plan A Picnic At Badger Weir  

Badger Weir Picnic Area is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or barbecue. Forest walks take you under Mountain Ash, ancient fern gullies and across fresh mountain streams. Fossick in the shallows and perhaps find a small emerald, garnet or sapphire.

Check out the Badger Weir facilities at this beautiful picnic spot.

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These are just a small selection of picnic spots that you can enjoy when you plan a picnic out into the countryside surrounding Melbourne.

Plan a picnic and continue onto Part 3 for my selection of excellent picnic spots at Melbourne's superb beaches both locally and along the salt water foreshores.

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