The best picnics in Ipswich

Spend some time with family and friends in fresh air with these great picnic ideas...
10 May 2022
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Whether you’re looking for a spot to lay out your own spread, or want someone to do all the work for you, you’ll find your way to picnic heaven with this list.


The Soul Nook Collective


Grab your closest friends and book a luxury bell tent picnic at the Old Church grounds in Marburg.  The Soul Nook Collective take care of everything, the styling, the food, the bubbles and even the music with solo artists able to be booked to serenade you for the afternoon.  Just about any type of occasion is catered for, including hens parties and intimate date night settings.

Not after all that fancy stuff?  Book something a little simpler, book in for a picnic box and spread out a blanket under the trees.

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes picnic

Bernie and Lorraine Mahon’s olive and lime farm, Watercress Olives and Limes, in Pine Mountain is the perfect backdrop for your next picnic.

BYO some sandwiches and find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy after wandering in the olive grove.  Then browse their olives and limes for sale from the farmgate.

Sip ‘n’ Dip paint and picnic

Sip 'n' Dip paint and picnic

Sip ‘n’ Dip have recently launched a picnic and paint class that you can book at just about any location for private parties, but there are regular classes at Colleges Crossing that you can book into also.

The class includes your teacher, all your materials, a beautiful outdoor setting, nibbles and a drink!

They also have a picnic product that can be booked for special occasions without the art class. 

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway Picnic Train

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway

Every month or so the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway hold special picnic trains which see the grounds at the Swanbank station full of yummy food trucks.  Picnic boxes can all be pre-booked for the day.

Or you can bring your own and grab a spot by the dam in the shade of the trees and enjoy the surroundings before or after your train ride.

Kholo Gardens

Picnic at Kholo Gardens

Kholo Gardens is a peaceful retreat with lush gardens, lily pond and open spaces.  See the Giant Kauri trees and Hoop Pines planted by early settlers, spot rare birds and take a bush walk.

Bring the picnic basket and rug and make a day of it!

Queens Park

Picnic at Queens Park

Queens Park is more than just a park, it’s a precinct with playground, nature centre and Japanese Gardens.  Take the day to explore and lay out the picnic rug when you get peckish, bring your own food, or order from the onsite cafe!

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

Things to do

View more things to do

Tell your story

Got something special you’d love to see highlighted via Discover Ipswich? A new attraction, perhaps, or a restaurant or a venture that people are travelling for? Share your story with us so we can share it to the world!

Send Email