30 November 2020
Warrnambool's Best Picnic Spotsby BETHANY LEWIS
Summer means picnics and with outdoor gatherings becoming the norm this festive season, we asked our locals to vote for their favourite places to picnic, and here they are in order of preference:
1. Warrnambool Botanic Gardens
With 20 acres of manicured gardens you can not go past the Botanic Gardens when planning a picnic. Complete with ducks, a pond that looks like it’s straight out of Monet painting, towering trees, flower beds, a giraffe swing, the new nature base play space, accessible walking tracks and public toilets - it’s a picnic classic.
...it's always green, lush, neat, plenty of room for the kids to run, play, and climb, love the ducks, close to home, easily accessible, new toilet facilities and now the new nature playground have made it all the more enjoyable and fun.
2. Lake Pertobe
Whether you want to set up at of the many undercover BBQ areas and picnic tables or you want to venture further towards the lake and unroll the picnic rug, Lake Pertove has 8 hectares of picnic options. The adventure playground makes it a paradise for kids, it also has full accessible toilets. Lake Pertobe will not disappoint.
Lake Pertobe would be my favourite because there is so much to do there. The kids love the playground & there are plenty of great walking tracks.
3. Tower Hill
This extinct volcano and national park is the setting for a picnic to be remembered. Complete with lakes, wildlife, native flora, hiking trails, lookouts, Indigenous culture, BBQ areas, picnic tables and public toilets - Tower Hill is a picnic must. The Koalas will watch on sleepily from the trees above, at dusk the roos might make an appearance, but you can count on the emus who will try to join your party. Be sure to stop in at the visitor centre to learn about the Indigenous history and culture in the area.
...you never know what wildlife you’ll see and you are truly dining in nature and soaking in all the goodness it offers!
4. Civic Green
There’s nothing like lazing around on the Warrnambool Civic Green. A perfect place for picnics because it’s close to everything! Get takeaway from one of the many nearby restaurants and enjoy it in front of the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Pop inside to take in the latest exhibit, look in the gift shop and use the loo. The Library across the road is another great stop for kids.
5. Cannon Hill
While most picnics that happen at Cannon Hill are car based, there is plenty of grass and picnic tables on either side of the Cannon Hill car park to host a picnic. Cannon Hill boasts one of the most breathtaking views in town. You can see the whole foreshore pavilion, from the paddle boats going around Lake Pertobe to the ocean horizon. Plus there are WWI cannons on display. Toilets are just a short walk away across Pertobe Road at the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre.
Cannon Hill...because of the view!
6. Fletcher Jones Garden
Meet you under the silver ball! You can lose yourself for hours discovering the different knooks of this immaculate garden. Away from the garden features you will find lovely patches of green grass to picnic, maybe underneath the giant willow trees. While you’re there why not pop into the Fletcher Jones Mill Markets for a spot of shopping, you’re sure to find something quirky to remember your visit.
Love the history and the plantings.
7. Hopkins Falls Coastal Reserve
Picnic next to a waterfall, don’t mind if I do! Pretty and picturesque, the Hopkins Falls are a renowned feature of the region. Opposite the car park there is a picnic spot, with a barbecue, toilets, picnic tables, and even a small stage (in case you want to put on a show). If you’re feeling adventurous follow the steps to the foot of the falls and find a spot off the rocks. Enjoy your picnic overlooking the falls and scenic pastures.
Beautiful, great facilities. Can take dogs. Good parking when not too busy. Easy walks.
8. Hopkins River
There are so many serene places to picnic along the Hopkins and Merri River in Warrnambool. One of the standouts is located near Proudfoots Boathouse, at E J King Park. Right behind the Ski Club this hidden gem is so secluded and peaceful. Enjoy!
9. Flagstaff Hill
A picnic back in time, the Maritime Village is a gorgeous setting for an outdoor gathering, not only for boutique heritage buildings but the ocean view you get from the grassed area at the top of the hill. There are tearooms and toilets on site and an entrance fee, so for the best value why not sign up for a family membership for unlimited picnics all year round?
Locals also suggest:
- Woodford Playground
- Wood Merri River
- Jubilee Park
- Koroit Train Station
Lake pertobe, Stingray Bay, the beach near Middle Island. We cannot pick just one favourite. Warrnambool is the most amazing place to picnic, holiday or live.