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Perfect picnic spots to enjoy on your long weekend!

Redlands Coast is spoilt for choice when it comes to idyllic views, picture-perfect beaches, and lush bushland areas, so choosing just 10 perfect picnic spots isn’t easy! Nonetheless, we’ve done our very best to help you explore and reconnect with family and friends this long weekend on Redlands Coast!

Raby Bay Foreshore Park

Masthead Drive, Cleveland (Nandeebie/Indillie)

With its long straight stretch of calm, Moreton Bay water, and views to Straddie (Minjerribah) and across the horizon, Raby Bay Foreshore Park is perfect for enjoying everything a beachside picnic can offer – from the shore and on the water. Hire a SUP or kayak from Bay Island Water Sports. No need to stray too far for your daily cup of mojo, they have that covered too! With brand new BBQs, a playground, plenty of shade structures, cycling and walkways and a dog-friendly beach area, and plenty of room to fly a kite or two, there is no denying Raby Bay Foreshore Park is a top picnic spot.

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Aquatic Paradise Park West, Birkdale

18 Commodore Drive, Birkdale (Cullen Cullen)

This one’s for the kids! Aquatic Paradise Park West has amazing play spaces, a wide open kick-about area, and established pathway for bikes, scooters and skaters. Plenty of shady trees and a multitude of shelters provide perfect spots for lazing away the day overlooking the bay after a leisurely picnic lunch. A lovely coastal walk can be enjoyed on the approximately 1.4km of foreshore pathway along Queens Esplanade. J For those impromptu picnics, just down the road are the Blue Tongue Pantry and Unico Espresso cafes serving great coffee and delectable treats.

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Wellington Point Reserve

Main Road, Wellington Point (Cullen Cullen)

'Walking on water' across the spectacular low-tide sand bridge from Wellington Point to King Island is one of the most unique walks in South-east Queensland. The 2km return walk at low tide is great for kids who can paddle along the way and spot birds and crabs – or at high tide, they can explore the huge playground with nature play, climbing frames, swings, slides and more. Follow it up with a picnic under the magnificent Moreton Bay Figs, or enjoy something scrumptious from the variety of great local cafes and takeaway shops just minutes from the reserve.

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Morwong Beach, Coochiemudlo Island (Goochie Mudlo)

A hop, skip and a jump from the ferry terminal on Coochiemudlo Island is the spectacular, unspoiled Morwong Beach. White sands, shady trees and calm, clean waters make the leisurely 15 minute walk across the island from the ferry totally worth it. Alternatively, call before you visit to hire a BBQ boat or a tinny from Coochie Boat Hire and cruise around – no boat licence required!

Or discover Coochie’s emerald fringe of lush bushland along its foreshore. Sheltered BBQs shady trees, and a playground in sight with public amenities for your convenience. This island is easily walkable; and has a variety of great cafes within walking distance from the ferry terminal.

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Karragarra Island Foreshore Park

Family-friendly Karragarra Island keeps the ferries busy, as day-tripping picnickers with togs, bikes and snags jump on board, ready to enjoy everything this peaceful piece of paradise has to offer. Right next to the ferry terminal, you’ll find an enclosed swimming area, BBQs and picnic tables, toilets and, for the kids, a couple of swings and loads of sandy beach.

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 IndigiScapes Centre

17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba (Kapallaba)

Pack your basket for a BBQ picnic set amongst nature and enjoy a unique experience at the newly-renovated IndigiScapes Centre in Capalaba. Native botanical gardens, an interactive discovery centre and gentle walks through the native bushland make IndigiScapes special. The kids will love the nature playground with water pumping station and sand pit, flying fox, and hedge maze. The café serves up local cuisine with a bush tucker twist.

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Venman Bushland National Park

West Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton (Jungalpin/Tungipin)

Nature lovers, this one’s for you. This tranquil bushland adjoining Tingalpa Creek abounds in wildlife, including koalas, possums, gliders, red-necked wallabies and more. Extensive bushwalking trails traverse the park. Use the wood-fired BBQ for a picnic with a difference.

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North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)

Headland Park

4 Kennedy Drive, Point Lookout (Mulumba)

Close to beaches, the local bakery, cafes and a couple of gelato shops, this glorious park is another perfect picnic spot. The insta-worthy views are seriously hard to beat, making Headland Park popular with young and old. On the North Gorge Walk, spot a koala, wallaby or lookout for dolphins, whales and dugongs as the waves crash far below your feet. The kids will love the nearby playground, and the gelato, and the ferry trip across too. You can either bring your own vehicle across on the vehicle ferry, or catch the 20 minute passenger ferry from Stradbroke Flyer or  Stradbroke Ferries. There are regular bus services through the Stradbroke Island Bus Company, or try out Scooters on Straddie to get around the island.

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Brown Lake

Dunwich (Goompi), North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)

Just a short drive out of Dunwich you’ll find Brown Lake, where the tannin from the leaves of the surrounding native tea-trees have turned the pure rainwater to the colour of tea. This tranquil lake is a favourite swimming hole for locals who attest to the water’s nourishing effects. Plop yourself and your picnic down on the white sand surrounding the lake and enjoy the serenity.

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