Easy Picnics to Go Trail

You know you want to escape with a country picnic, but where should you go and who will do the food? Don’t worry. Here are the easy answers to both those questions! Order a platter, box or hamper from a picnic provisions professional and head into Southern Queensland Country. You’ll have a relaxing day, everyone will eat great food, have enormous fun, and come home tired and happy with a treasure box of memories. That’s the stuff of a life well lived! Here’s how to do it.


Picnic amongst the vines at Hidden Creek Vineyard, Ballandean

At Hidden Creek Vineyard, you can taste the award-winning wines and then enjoy a nibble and a drink al fresco under leafy trees. Start with a wine flight at the cellar door to pick up your picnic bottle of wine. Then, settle in with a glass of your favourite wine, a picnic basket, and your well-behaved pup in tow. (Dogs are not allowed inside the cellar door). Their picnic packs for two include ... Learn more

Takeaway high tea from 95 Mary Street, Toowoomba

Pick up your picnic hamper from Simon and Renee Desmarchelier at 95 Mary Street. It’s a little piece of France in Toowoomba. Then head straight for the spring flowers and the shady, spreading branches of a magnificent tree in Toowoomba’s Queens Park. You’ll find a fabulous playground for the kids and an off-leash dog park, plus plenty of green space to walk off the indulgences of the picnic. It’s ... Learn more
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Enjoy picnic-ready hampers from Urth Café & Co, Toowoomba

With a bespoke picnic hamper from family-run Urth Café & Co, you can easily find a lovely, grassy picnic spot under a leafy tree along the back of Gowrie Creek, which runs through the heart of Toowoomba. Owner Julie has a focus on healthy and wholesome food, while her daughter makes all the sweet lines in-house to ensure a quality product. Their Grazing Boxes include a selection of speciality ... Learn more

Vintage style picnic hampers at Pips ‘N’ Cherries, Bell

Pick up a picnic hamper from Pips ‘N’ Cherries and head to heritage-listed Jimbour House about 15 minutes’ drive from the cute little country town of Bell. Picnic in the garden and take one of the self-guided garden tours (available Monday to Friday, bookings essential). Pips ‘N’ Cherries is a small vintage-style café owned by Kate Toomer-Ford and Annette Facer. They specialise in real country ... Learn more

You’ll love a Butchers Pantry Sweet Treat Picnic Platter, Dalby

Grab your picnic hamper at Butchers Pantry Coffee and Takeaway in Dalby and drive just 25 minutes to Lake Broadwater. Butchers Pantry owner Elisha Bell’s Thyme to Plate Catering Co uses local cured meats and cold cuts with cheeses, meats, crackers, olives, and fresh fruit to create beautifully packaged platters and trays (two days’ notice required). Relax with your friends and let Butchers Pantry ... Learn more

Try a bicycle-powered picnic from Café De Velo, Toowoomba

Pick up your picnic hamper at Café De Velo, where Marcel and Sarah also have coffee and an E-bike waiting for you. Picnic by pedal power and get off the beaten track just below the top of the range at a tranquil and hidden-away spot, the delightful Prince Henry Heights. Café De Velo has a great range of healthy house-made cakes, pies, and tortes. Make sure some of the delicious carrot cake is ... Learn more

Enjoy a pop-up picnic in the Lockyer Valley with Jak & Mo, Gatton

Pick up a picnic hamper from Angela Jackwitz at Jak & Mo in Gatton and head to Laidley’s Lake Dyer> It’s a bit of a local secret with all the convenience of shelter sheds, tables, toilets and a playground. Jak & Mo is an urban-style café where it’s all about wholesome food made from local ingredients proudly sourced from the Lockyer Valley. Catering for dietaries, they create real food ... Learn more
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Olive pizza and lamb sliders at Coolmunda Olives, Inglewood

Enjoy a takeaway olive platter from local grower Coolmunda Olives and picnic in the bamboo labyrinth and arboretum, or eat amongst the paperbark trees. Afterwards, stroll around Lake Stower and enjoy the 20 species of Iron Bark trees and wattle. Run by Colin and Gesine Owen and daughter Katie, this third-generation olive farm hand picks their olives from 5000 trees. You can take self-guided or ... Learn more

Grazing Platter from The Juice Bar + panoramic views, Warwick

Pick up your hamper from The Juice Bar in Warwick and enjoy a panoramic view of green, tree-clad mountains that includes the headwaters of the Condamine River. Carr’s Lookout is a perfect picnic spot to enjoy a grazing platter or picnic box (24 hours’ notice required) prepared by Barbie Rato and Christine Rato. Their Grazing Platters range from sweet or savoury to a combination of both. Tell them ... Learn more

Taste the Big Fat Lamb Lunch at Awassi Cheesery, Grantham

With acres of lush lawns and friendly Dorper sheep wandering through the yards, you’ll find the perfect country picnic spot under the avocado trees at Awassi Cheesery outside Grantham. There’s room to play frisbee, bocce, or even totem tennis against Bamboo, the farm dog. This bespoke farmstead sheep cheesery with 140 sheep and 80 lambs is a fully accredited ice cream and cheese factory. All ... Learn more

Artisan produce-filled picnic hampers from Varias Restaurant, Stanthorpe

Tuck into a picnic hamper from Varias Restaurant at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism at Storm King Dam. Varias’ seasonal menus emphasise the abundance of quality ingredients available in the region showcasing local heroes, farmers and artisan producers such as Mallow Organic Lamb, local vinegar, Mt Stirling Olives and Sam’s Fresh Fruit and Veg in Stanthorpe. Located about 10 kilometres’ ... Learn more

Flavour-filled picnic hampers from Tins N’ Trays, Gatton

A vintage-style cafe and patisserie in Gatton, Tins N’ Trays will custom make your picnic hamper or platter (24 hours’ notice required) using the best local produce and old-fashioned creative basics that remind you of times gone by. Owner Sophie Litzow is passionate about her handcrafted and homemade pastries. She makes her croissants from scratch and believes the ultimate picnic needs top ... Learn more
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Do it deluxe with a Graziers Daughter Homestead Picnic Hamper, Toowoomba

Throw your picnic hamper from The Graziers Daughter in the boot and head on a 40-minute drive from Toowoomba to Ravensbourne National Park for a beautiful picnic spot looking east over the valley. The Graziers Daughter is owned by Wendy Cook, who sources her hamper products (24 hrs notice required) from local artisans, farmers and makers. Expect local pate made by Lily’s in Highfields and cheeses ... Learn more

Picnic under the Christmas trees at Granite Belt Christmas Farm, Applethorpe

It’s Christmas 365 days a year at the Granite Belt Christmas Farm, and where else better to picnic than under their forest of Christmas trees? Owned by the Fraser family, the Christmas Village at Granite Belt Christmas Farm has a Christmas shop, cafe, and farm animals, all set over eight hectares. So, throw down your rug, savour the fresh scent of pine and unpack your purchased hamper (24 hours’ ... Learn more

Creekside Charcuterie board from The Little Larder, Stanthorpe

With a hamper from The Little Larder, Quart Pot Creek is a great picnic getaway. Grab one of their charcuterie or grazing boards filled with delicious, cured meats, cheeses, accompaniments, fresh fruit, nuts and chocolate. The Red Bridge (officially known as Quart Pot Creek Rail Bridge) is an easy two-kilometre walk from Stanthorpe’s visitor information centre. Constructed in 1886, it has been on ... Learn more

Bunya Mountains local produce picnic hampers from The General Store, Bunya Mountains

You’ll find the made-to-order takeaway picnic hampers filled with local produce at The General Store in the Bunya Mountains, which is also the place for ice creams, arts and crafts. Ask for a slice of their creamy house-made cheesecake with lemon myrtle, bunya nuts, sesame and candied lemons and some of the light and fluffy bunya nut scones with local jam, chutneys and Chantilly cream to add to ... Learn more
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King of the castle Ploughman’s Platter from Stanthorpe Cheese, Thulimbah

Pick up a Ploughman’s Platter from Stanthorpe Cheese and be like a bushranger with a picnic hideout amongst the massive boulders at Donnelleys Castle. Stanthorpe Cheese owners Julie and Wayne Hope have created a local legend with their generous Ploughman’s Platters (Pre-order 24 hours ahead). The platter includes two of your favourite cheeses, crusty hot bread, pickled onions, beetroot relish, ... Learn more

Picnic platters from the cured meat kings at Schultes Gourmet Market, Plainlands

Run by Peter and Melinda Shultz, Schultes Gourmet Market is a multi-generational business that offers an extensive range of gluten-free, quality small goods. They also have a premium paddock-to-plate operation that produces high-quality fresh red meat, pork and lamb products. Their gourmet market stocks local and imported cheeses and European and local continental dry goods. The Schultes’ platter ... Learn more

Colourful Brinx Deli Picnic Platter Boxes, Stanthorpe

All you need for a perfect day out in Girraween National Park is a picnic platter box from Kristy O’Brien at Brinx Deli in Stanthorpe. Brinx Deli is heaven for foodies and won the AGFG Reader’s Choice 2022 award for Best Deli. Order your platter online with 24 hours’ notice. Then, be at one with nature amongst the giant granite boulders and gentle streams at Girraween National Park. Take Mount ... Learn more

Mountain top pop-up picnic from Katie’s Cocktail Café and Van, Allora

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding picnic spots around Allora with Main Range National Park so close. Still, the flat top mesa of Allora Mountain on Burges Road is a local favourite. Pair it with a platter or pop-up picnic from Katie’s Cocktail Café and Van, and your picnic success is assured! Katie uses local produce and high-quality meats she sources from Allora’s renowned local ... Learn more

Lockyer Valley produce stars in Colonial Cafe picnic boxes, Gatton

With a picnic box from Colonial Café you can set your picnic blanket out for a view over the lake and just relax. Owner Fiona will tailor-make your platter and takes morning orders for same-day collection. Their menu is filled with lovely Lockyer Valley local produce so expect fresh salads, vegetables and fruit with meats from local legend, Schultes. Check out their online catering menu. A bird ... Learn more

Pop up picnics with Janelle’s Kitchen, Toowoomba

Turn a picnic into a perfect occasion with a grazing platter or pop-up picnic from Janelle’s Kitchen at the Japanese Gardens at the University of Southern Queensland. Dean and Chris can provide everything you need for a picnic, including a generous amount of locally sourced food on their platters (order three days ahead). Platters can include Stanthorpe cheese, Lockyer Valley veggies and meat ... Learn more

The Larder’s perfect picnic hamper, Goondiwindi

A picnic from The Larder to enjoy while relaxing on the lawn is great for an active day at Goondiwindi Natural Heritage and Water Ski Park. The Larder owner, Mel, offers four different hamper sizes with a selection of cheese, cured meats, olives, dips, fresh fruit, sweet treats, crackers and more with a focus on local produce which includes four honey producers, relishes and chutneys, olive oil, ... Learn more

A traditional picnic spread from The Butchers Kitchen, Warwick

Take a traditional picnic spread from The Butchers Kitchen at Rose City Premium Meats in Warwick with you to enjoy at one of the Southern Downs region’s highlights, Queen Mary Falls. Pick your spot, go for a bush walk, and then relax and feed the birds. Paul Carey and Peter Wright of The Butchers Kitchen will create a tailored platter and hamper for you from their large selection of house-made ... Learn more

Relaxing picnics with Graze Co., Toowoomba

Sarah Paton is an expert caterer specialising in locally sourced boutique produce. Graze Co was born from Covid boredom to become a baking business success. Sarah began with High Tea Boxes for Mother’s Day and has since served picnics in Toowoomba’s Botanic Gardens, weddings, cocktail parties, and other significant events. With Graze Co., Sarah can take the stress out of entertaining and organise ... Learn more

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