Top picnic spots in Canberra

Travelling abroad, picnics became my favourite thing, they allow you to slow down, take a breath and get to know the beautiful people you just met. So, when moving to a new city I used them as a way to slow down the whirlwind of moving and get to know the beautiful city I now call home.

Here are my top picnic spots in Canberra.

National Arboretum

The National Arboretum is nestled just next to the city centre and is home to 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia. The National Arboretum boasts cinematic views of the city and surrounds making it the perfect place for a picnic. Come here at sunset for something truly magical.

Lake Burley Griffin

The most iconic location in Canberra for a picnic, located centrally and close to many fantastic bakeries, activities and museums. For a perfect day, visit the National Portrait Gallery in the morning, grab some local baked goods and coffee for a picnic lunch by the water, followed by a ride on the paddle boats.

The Gardens of Old Parliament House

The Gardens of Old Parliament House are a hidden gems of Canberra, boasting beautiful rose bushes, arbours and grassey mounds you could lay in all day. Visit at the right time of year and you’ll also get to see the beautiful wisteria.

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Mount Stromlo Observatory has fast become my favourite picnic spot in Canberra, if not the world. I first found out about this beautiful location after going to a networking event hosted by CBR Gals (check out their Instagram @cbrgals for some serious inspiration) although probably one for your birthday parties, baby showers or bridal shower it is still a lovely location to set up a picnic blanket and be protected by the wind.

The above set up was thanks to a few local Canberra styling and grazing companies. Hit them up for the perfect picnic (Instagram : @youretrulydesired & @mygrazingcbr)

Shepherds Lookout

If you’re looking for a quite place, set in the middle of nature with a killer view then you’ll want to go to Shepherds lookout. Stay long enough and you may see some dear frolicking in the river below.

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