THE sun is out, the lawns are lush, and Ballarat's parks and gardens are simply begging to be picnicked on!
So sport your picnic best, pack your wine and cheese, and find your spot at one of these five stunning outdoor locations.
Possibly the most classic choice, you're bound to find a serene space amongst the garden's beautiful floral arrangements. Whether its a spot under one of the majestic mature trees of national historic significance or on the spacious front lawn - the botanical gardens are a vibrant, elegant and peaceful place for a summer picnic. And don't forget to explore all the garden treasures during your visit!
Over the road from the botanical gardens you'll find yourself at the heart of Ballarat - Lake Wendouree. The 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.
The 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.
History, serenity and greenery - three words that come to mind when you think of these botanical gardens. Located about 15 minutes from the city, 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.
Also laden with history, these gardens are located on the site of the infamous Eureka Stockade (and are adjacent to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka - if you're looking for something to do before or after your picnic). Set in a quiet part of town and with its own delightful dam and playground, this is also a great choice for families looking to get out of the house. And if for some reason you didn't have time to whip up the picnic goods, the MADE cafe is right next door!
Surround yourself by the historic Ballarat boulevards, the native bushlands, flowers and shrubs, and the iconic statues and historic architecture. Find your spot right in the centre of the city (literally) and relax as the hustle and bustle of everyday life swiftly passes you by.