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Ballarat’s top picnic experiences

Visit Ballarat

09 Sep 2021

Filed underSee & Do

There’s something extra enjoyable about catching up with friends in the park over a charcuterie board that you just can’t get over the dinner table.

So if you’re in charge of the next get-together, we’ve pulled together a few ideas that we know your friends will love.

Get your friends together and sign up for a mystery picnic

If you’re looking for a little fun before sitting down for a delicious picnic among good company, then have we got an adventure for you.
Using your smartphone to solve clues and riddles, the AmazingCo journey will take you to local artisan producers where you’ll collect delicious picnic ingredients before ending at a stunning picnic spot somewhere in Ballarat.

Purchase a locally made grazing board

For the perfect date, you can’t go past the Vegas and Rose grazing box or picnic and wine deal – filled with local cheese and charcuterie, Mount Zero Olives, fresh seasonal fruit and organic dried fruit and house-made spiced popcorn. We couldn’t recommend Vegas and Rose without mentioning their brownies, so if you’re a sweet tooth you’re going to want to order some for dessert

Make your own picnic

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect location for a picnic, and for filling your picnic basket with delicious local produce.
Pick up a loaf of fresh ciabatta from 1816 Bakehouse (we also highly recommend their Olive sourdough which is only available Friday-Sunday) and pair this with local Salt Kitchen Charcuterie from the deli at Campanas. You can always add some local cheese, olives and Lucky & James chocolate to your basket while you’re there.

Visit the Ballarat Farmers’ Market (1st & 4th Saturday of every month) or the Bridge Mall Farmers and Makers’ Market (1st Saturday of the month) and it won’t take you long to find everything you need for a scrumptious picnic.

Alternatively, grab a pizza or two to go from The Forge, and a hot coffee in your favourite reusable cup and you’re set.

As for where to head with your full basket, from the beautiful surrounds of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree to the lush green backdrop of Kirks Reservoir, there’s plenty of fresh air and open space to go around

Looking for the perfect picnic rug?
Set the scene with a beautifully crafted rug from Creswick Woollen Mills. You’re in good hands, these guys have been designing rugs since 1947.


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.