Ballarat's best picnic spots

The sun is out, the lawns are lush and Ballarat’s parks and gardens are simply begging to be picnicked on! 

So grab your picnic basket and rug, pack up the family and head to one of these six stunning outdoor locations. 



Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree

Possibly the most classic choice, you’re bound to find a serene space amongst the garden’s beautiful floral arrangements. Whether it’s a spot under one of the majestic mature trees of national historic significance or on the spacious front lawn, the gardens are a vibrant, elegant and peaceful place for a summer picnic. 



Lake Wendouree foreshore
Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree

Over the road from the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, you’ll find yourself at the jewel in Ballarat’s crown – Lake Wendouree. The lake’s foreshore provides a glistening view for your luncheon and is the perfect backdrop for an afternoon well spent. Admire the swans as they glide across the waters and soak up the summer sun and picturesque surrounds in all their glory. 

Kirks Reservoir
255 Daylesford Road, Gong Gong

Kirks Reservoir is great for family picnics or for an uninterrupted soiree with friends or loved ones. The entrance area features BBQ facilities and ample room to run around, as well as loads of natural shade, lush lawns and grand old trees – perfect for a recreational day out. For a magical outdoor experience, head along the park trails, meander through the flowers and ferns, and explore the realms of your own secret garden adventure. 

Buninyong Botanical Gardens
Corner of Scott and Inglis streets, Buninyong

History, serenity and greenery – three words that come to mind when you think of the Buninyong Botanical Gardens. Located about 15 minutes from Ballarat, these gardens possess an impressive collection of pines, conifers and maples of national significance. Combine this with the accompanying lake, playground and walking tracks, and you’ve got yourself a perfect picnic panorama. 

Eureka Stockade Gardens
121 Stawell Street South, Ballarat

As its name suggests, the Eureka Stockade Gardens are located on the site of the historic 1854 Eureka Stockade rebellion. Set in a quiet part of town and with its own delightful lake and playground, the gardens are a great choice for families looking to get out of the house and into the great outdoors. And if you’re looking for something to do before or after your picnic, the gardens are right next door to the Eureka Centre, which tells the stories of the men and women who fought for miners’ rights. 

Sturt Street Gardens
Sturt Street, Ballarat

Surround yourself with beautiful greenery, iconic statues and historic architecture in the Sturt Street Gardens. The gardens span 13 blocks of Ballarat’s main throughfare, from Grenville Street to Pleasant Street. Find your spot right in the centre of the city (literally!) and relax as the hustle and bustle of everyday life passes you by.