Picnic Ideas along the
Great Ocean Road
Picnic Ideas & BBQ Spots: The best Picnic & Barbeque spots for your next day out along Victoria's Beautiful Great Ocean Road.
You don't need to plan a 6 day vacation to enjoy a well earned break.
We often just go for a short day trip down the coast from Melbourne for a simple family Barbeque or Picnic. It's an enjoyable and stress free way to soak up some sea air and relax with the family.
The Quick Picnic
If you're in Melbourne you may find the following picnic ideas are best suited as they are within 90 Minutes from the CBD...
Yes, an obvious choice, but a popular one nonetheless. Torquay has a great foreshore area with heaps of great places to relax. There are ample gas barbeques available (but you should leave early in summer to make sure you can get one).
We have enjoyed a picnic or two along the Anglesea River in the past. If you choose the spot just over the Bridge then you can also enjoy a paddle boat ride with your partner and/or kids afterwards.
Painkalac Creek is a great little spot with Picnic tables & BBQ's within sight of the famous Split Point Lighthouse. There's also a nice little park there if you have kids.
The Best Picnic Places
If you're travelling the entire road, or looking for a more secluded experience, then maybe these locations are more to your liking...
On the outskirts of Lavers Hill is 'Melba Gully'; a beautiful picnic area surrounded by old growth rainforest. The area has been a popular place to rest and relax since the 1930's. It was frequented by bus tourists who enjoyed refreshments before continuing on the journey from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell. The Tea House is long gone, but the area is as magnificent as ever. While you're here, take a short walk to Big Tree, one of the largest trees still remaining in the region, being over 25m in circumference and over 300 years old.
Sheoak Picnic Ground
Sheoak Picnic Ground is a really nice, quiet spot tucked away in the forests behind Lorne. It has good picnic facilities including gas barbecues. One of my favourite waterfalls, Lower Kalimna Falls, is a 3km walk from here.
Blanket Leaf Picnic Area is a popular location near Erskine Falls, also near Lorne. Erskine Falls are a few Km's down the road, so be sure to check them out afterwards.
Picnic Food Ideas
Check out some great Picnic food ideas, BBQ ideas or camping food ideas here.
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