Best picnic spots

Picnic lovers, pack your cheese platter and get ready for some of the best views of your life.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Lace up your walking shoes and buckle up for a scenic adventure! Ranging from a gentle stroll or a vigorous hike, there’s always a pleasant view to be seen at the Mount Lofty Gardens. Home to a huge display of the world’s cool-climate plants, sculptures and artwork, it has many trails and tours that can be ignited from the visitor information centre. Take a look at what’s in season and plan a leisurely walk today!

Heron Way Reserve, Hallett Cove

Heron Way Reserve features a vast, green, and slightly sloping hill that overlooks Cove Point beach. The green space is the perfect place to pop down a picnic blanket and admire the ocean and rolling residential hills nearby. There’s a playground and a barbecue and sheltered seating area at the reserve as well.

Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot

Port Elliot, a beloved destination along the Fleurieu Peninsula, is home to great walking trails, nice eateries, and the beautiful Horseshoe Bay. Tucked near the beach understated jetty, there’s a lush green space just waiting for your picnic blanket!

Blue Lake, Mount Gambier

Blue Lake is one of the natural jewels of Mount Gambier, a rural city 450km from Adelaide, known for its limestone cliffs, land pockmarked with volcanos, and crater lakes. The lake, which turns bright turquoise in springtime, was formerly a volcano, so there is beautiful and unusual scenery to overlook as you take your picnic break––likely a rest from the 3.6km walking trail around the landmark.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Centrally located just northeast of the CBD, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is an absolute marvel and the perfect picnic location. With a cactus and succulent garden, a rose garden featuring more than 5,000 species of rose, a vibrant dahlia garden, and more, you’ll have many choices of floral surroundings for your picnic. Plus, if you get hungry, you can always stop by the famed Botanic Gardens Restaurant for a bite to eat!