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Six spots for an autumn picnic

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Take advantage of these crisp autumn days with some of our favourite picnic spots across town—from parks to exclusive islands.

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BLACK MOUNTAIN PENINSULA

Black Mountain Peninsula is the perfect place to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin in every way: paddling, boating or just strolling along the beach or the water’s edge.

This 22.2 hectares of foreshore parkland includes picnic areas and all-ability-access playgrounds.

Garryowen Drive, Acton 

LENNOX GARDENS

Lennox Gardens, set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, offers beautiful views of Black Mountain, the Brindabella Ranges and the city centre.

Kids can roam the expanse of lush green grass and there’s plenty of space to picnic or just relax under the shade of towering trees.

Flynn Drive, Yarralumla.

THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

With plenty of space to roam, the Arboretum is the perfect place for a sunny stroll. Explore forests, grasslands and more as you traverse this unique landscape.

Our top spot would definitely be Dairy Farmer’s Hill, which boats views across the city.

Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley 

WESTON PARK

As well as having plenty of gorgeous green space for picnics, the enormous 40-hectare Weston Park has a wading pool, beach and cycle track.

Kids will love the playground with climbing net and swings, adventure playground and wide spaces across which to roam.

Off Weston Park Road, Yarralumla.

SPRINGBANK ISLAND

Want to have your picnic spot all to yourself? Springbank Island is located in Lake Burley Griffin’s West Basin, accessed is exclusively by boat or paddle craft.

A perfect spot for a family picnic with plenty of shady spots, the Island is surrounded by trees and native vegetation.

Lake Burley Griffin – West Basin.

GREVILLEA PARK

Nestled on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin’s East Basin, Grevillea Park has beautiful views across the lake to Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Kingston and Parliament House.

The perfect place to enjoy a magnificent sunset.

Accessible via Morshead Drive, Russell.

Feature image: Martin Ollman

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