Alluring blue skies on a warm autumn afternoon demand you pack a damn fine picnic and head into the great outdoors. Loading a basket with tasty snacks is easy enough to arrange, but your ultimate picnic destination may require more thought. Relax, we will skip the obvious ‘Lake Wendouree and Botanic Gardens’ response and suggest a few alternatives for consideration.
Tucked away on the outskirts of Creswick, the combination of native vegetation, pines, and the idyllic lake setting, presents a visually striking place to attack a cheese wheel. If you would instead outsource your picnic fare, the famed Le Peche Gourmand in the township of Creswick will come to your aide with fancy pastries and indulgent baguette combinations to whet your appetite.
Hear us out! You can park yourself under a shady tree, and people watch to your heart’s content. Using 1816 Bakehouse and Campana’s Deli goods, assemble a delectable feast overlooking all Sturt Street’s action. Some good, some, interesting. Also, a fitting place to collapse after a spot of retail therapy.
Offering large spacious surrounds, Kirks scores highly for the large gathering picnic style, giving ample locations to claim a birthday event or other special occasions. It also lends itself well to an intimate picnic for two, with many secluded nooks among the well-manicured gardens.
When a playground is a necessity, look no further than the picturesque Lake Esmond. Green grassy hills and, you guessed it, a Lake allows for lazy afternoons in the sunshine with good food and great company. Swimming in the lake (if weather permits) will round out your picnic adventure.
Another gem only a short drive from Ballarat is the Buninyong Gardens. An attractive hillside of lush green plantings descends onto a small pond area, with a handy rotunda available if a shelter is required. Consider arranging a bush picnic box through Saltbush Kitchen (also located in Buninyong) to tuck into while visiting.
Words by Lisa Taylor, She Loves Ballarat.
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