The Best Picnic Spots in Perth

December 12, 2017

We often don’t have much luck with picnics here in the UK. Many a British picnic has gone awry when the heavens have opened five minutes after laying out the spread on the picnic rug. Fortunately, though, the weather Down Under is much more favourable for an outdoor feast, and Perth has a wealth of spots with great vistas where you can enjoy lunch al fresco with a view.

These three lookouts are all beautiful settings for soaking up the Aussie sun and firing up a traditional bbq. So pack up your hamper, put a bottle of wine in the cooler and enjoy!

Serpentine Falls

You’ll need to hop in the car for this one as it is found just outside Perth itself, but Serpentine Falls is well worth a trip for a picnic in spectacular surroundings. Make sure to pack your swimming costume as you can take a dip in the water here. If you’ve already enjoyed a big Antipodean brunch in the morning and want to work up an appetite before your lunch, you can tackle the Kitty’s Gorge Walking Trail.

Cottesloe Beach

The Perth coastline is a lovely stretch looking out onto the Indian Ocean and Cottesloe Beach is one of the most idyllic places you can appreciate it from. There are multiple tiers of well-kept lawns where you can put down your picnic rug here, as well as shady gardens to cool off and a playground where the little ones can let off steam.

Kalamunda Zig Zag Lookout

A real adventure to accompany the picnic that comes as a reward at the end, the journey to the top of Kalamunda Zig Zag Lookout will delight both young ones and adults alike. Located in the pleasantly named Gooseberry Hill National Park, the zig zag trail takes you around various twists and turns that allow you to take in the multi-directional views of Perth from this majestic lookout point. On a clear day, there are sweeping vistas of the Swan Coastal Plain, planes taking off from the airport, skyscrapers in the city centre and the surrounding forests.

As the sunniest state capital in Australia – on average there are eight hours of sunshine per day and the skies are often without a single cloud – Perth is the perfect place for a picnic. The three locations listed above barely scratch the surface, and you may well come across a hidden gem just from walking around this fantastic city.

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