‘A picnic is more than eating a meal, it is a pleasurable state of mind’.
Props to @the_limitless_ones on the perfect picnic cover snap.
We are fortunate to live in an area that is ripe with picturesque panoramas, lush lawns and babbling brooks, so the time is now to stock up the picnic basket, gather the picnic rug and round up your friends & family and head to one of the many picnic spots in and around Geelong and The Bellarine.
The Setting: The You Yangs’ distinctive and highly recognisable granite peaks can be seen between Melbourne and Geelong. This regional park offers magnificent views, birdlife, rock-climbing and abseiling, bushwalks and of course perfect positionings for picnics. There are a multitude of picnic spots/grounds to choose from.
The Location: The You Yangs, Little River
Buckley Falls Reserve
The Setting: A tranquil river meandering through to some rocky rapids and onto a magnificent waterfall. Quite the backdrop for a picnic! May be on the rockier side but totally worth it.
The Location: Buckley Falls Road, Highton
The Setting: A picnic spot nestled on a picturesque pond, complete with lily pads and heritage listed bridge. Picture postcard perfect.
The Location: 1 Queens Park Road, Highton
The Setting: Shady trees, lush green grasses, colourful flowers, dense shrubbery and spectacular succulents. The Geelong Botanic Gardens provides many a garden to wander and many a setting to plant yourself for a picnic (pun intended) from the Tea House Lawn to the Rose Garden Lawn to the Forgotten Garden and so many more.
The Location: Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong
The Setting: A picnic on the beach without the sand. This spot is so close to Ocean Grove Main Beach that you can see the beach, hear the waves but not eat the sand. Set back (only marginally) from the beach on a beautiful grassy knoll, complete with an undercover picnic/bbq area.
The Location: Surf Beach Road (at Beach Access Point 14W), Ocean Grove.
The Setting: A picnic spot in the heart of the Geelong CBD, Geelong’s very own central park. Surround yourself with not only leafy limbs but historic monuments, a regal statue, a peace memorial and a very grand grandstand.
The Location: Bounded by Railway Terrace, Gheringhap Street, Little Malop Street, Fenwick Street, and Mercer Street, Geelong.
The Setting: A grassy knoll where you can perch yourself and watch the boats sail by. This picnic spot extends along the foreshore of Point Lonsdale.
The Location: Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale
The Setting: Spanning across nine hectares this sanctuary is home to magnificent birdlife and plenty of parkland. Opt for a picnic table or settle onto the grassland to eat your lunch and then go exploring along the river track.
The Location: 50 Marnock Road, Newtown
Eastern Beach Reserve
The Setting: Park yourself along the gentle sloping hill and take in the sites of historical Eastern Beach. With beach spots in sight, art deco swimming pool and the promenade, it will be hard to stay seated.
The Location: Eastern Beach Road, Geelong
The Setting: Set along the foreshore, this reserve has a huge grassy area and a fully-fenced community built, wooden playground. You can set your rug up alongside the edge of the park, relax back, soak up the views, all the while keeping an eye on the kiddies as they play.
The Location: Rippleside Park Drive, Rippleside
Blue Waters Lake Reserve
The Setting: As the name suggests, a lake forms the centrepiece for this magnificent reserve. Surrounding the lake is luscious thick grass, weeping trees and many a waddling duck.
The Location: 41 Blue Waters Drive, Ocean Grove
The Setting: Step back in time at this picnic destination. Located at the Drysdale Railway Station that originally opened way back in 1879, your picnic will most certainly have an ol’ world feel about it. The station is situated on the side of Lake Lorne Reserve which also offers more bountiful picnic locations.
The Location: Portarlington Road, Drysdale
The Setting: To give you an idea of the expanse of this renowned spot, it is where the annual Queenscliff Music Festival is held. There is plenty of space to shake out the picnic rug and kick a footy. Magnificent towering pines provide ample shade and atmosphere.
The Location: Gellibrand Street, Queenscliff
The above is truly just a sample of the picnic spots that litter (but don’t you litter them) the magnificent Geelong and Bellarine. So get into a picnic state-of-mind and enjoy your surrounds and of course your food! Happy picnicing.