5 picnic spots to explore in Melbourne’s CBD

Pack a hamper and roll out your tartan rug, here are our top places to have a picnic in Melbourne.


With warm weather and sunny days ahead, picnic season is here. Whether it a long awaited catch-up with colleagues or a celebratory picnic in the park, there is something so satisfying about dining outdoors and making the most of lush green spaces in Melbourne.

From the Carlton Gardens to our Urban Park, here is a list of our favourite picnic spots in the city.

Wesley Place’s Urban Park
One of just four urban green spaces in Melbourne’s CBD, you don’t have to travel far to find the ultimate picnic spot. Dine, relax and recharge under the shade of one of Victoria’s oldest living olive trees in our urban park, surrounded by heritage buildings, public WIFI and charging outlets for ease of connectivity in nature.

Address: 130 - 150 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

Carlton Gardens
Just a short walk away from Wesley Place, Carlton Gardens has everything you need for a wonderful picnic. Walk around the 19th century flower beds, miniature lakes and ornate fountains, then lay out your best picnic rug in a shady spot or fire up a barbecue for a fancier outdoor foodie affair. 

Address: 1-111 Carlton Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Fitzroy Gardens

With towering trees, vintage cottages and lots of green, open space, Fitzroy Gardens is a popular picnic spot for Melbournians. Enjoy the fresh air and devour a grazing board amongst avenues of elm trees, extensive lawns and heritage listed buildings including Captain Cook’s Cottage.

Address: 230-298 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002

Flagstaff Gardens
Established as a public garden in 1862, Flagstaff Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Melbourne. Located close to Queen Victoria Market, you can enjoy a picnic with fresh produce from local delis and grocers then dine on the lush lawn while watching a game of tennis or checking out the lovely rose gardens.

Address: 309-311 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Treasury Gardens
Head to the scenic Treasury Gardens amidst Melbourne’s busy cityscape to enjoy a tranquil environment in the heart of the CBD. Known for its contrasting evergreen foliage of conifers and palms, there are plenty of shady spots to enjoy a relaxing afternoon while taking in the beauty of nature.

Address: 2-18 Spring Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002


Certain restrictions on outdoor gatherings and travel may still apply. Make sure you check and follow all current guidance from the Victorian Government before making plans and heading out.

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