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Editorial 5 Summer Picnic Ideas

Posted on 1 December by

Heading out on a picnic this summer?

With the weather getting warmer, there’s no better time of year to enjoy a picnic with friends and family. Whether you’re looking for a school holiday activity for the kids or a romantic date idea, here are five fun-filled suggestions to make the most of the sunny summer days. 

1. Fruit picking

It’s a fact: few foods taste as delicious as a ripe cherry, plum or apricot picked fresh from the tree. If you don’t have fruit trees at home, a picnic at your nearest pick-your-own orchard or berry farm is a hands-on way to teach kids about where food comes from. 
The varieties available will depend on the time of year that you visit, and you’ll usually only pay for what you pick. Early summer is best for strawberries and cherries, while blueberries, raspberries and peaches peak in mid-to-late summer. Bring your hat and an appetite!

2. Wine tasting

A winery or vineyard is the perfect location for an adult picnic. For a gourmet lunch, head to Woolworths and Coles to stock up on cheeses, salami and olives. Pack a wooden serving platter (a chopping board will do), cloth napkins, cheese knives, a picnic blanket and a corkscrew, and you’re all set. 
Most venues won’t mind if you bring your own picnic, as long as you also sample their wines. If the winery has an on-site restaurant, check that it’s okay to bring outside food before you head out. 

3. Bushwalking

Enjoy the great outdoors and observe animals their natural habitat on a bushwalk picnic. Many trails have picnic areas along the route, so you don’t need to carry camping chairs or picnic blankets. Choose a trail that suits your fitness level, and bring plenty of water—up to one litre per hour for adults during hot or humid weather. Don’t forget your sunscreen, bug repellent and first aid kit, available from Pharmasave, Macarthur Family Chemist and Priceline Pharmacy

4. Picnic by the sea

Is there a more iconic Australian picnic location than the beach? A memorable beach picnic is as simple as finding a sheltered spot without too much wind, setting up the shade umbrella and getting out the beach frisbee. 
Pack foods you can eat with your hands to avoid lugging plates and cutlery to and from the car. Fresh sandwiches and semi-frozen drinks are a smart choice—especially for satisfying beach-goer appetites. 

5. The zoo 

Are you brave enough to eat lunch near the lion’s den or elephant enclosure? Ideal for children’s birthday parties and small gatherings, most Australian zoos have dedicated picnic spaces with well-maintained lawns and natural shade. After visiting the exhibits, relax with a snack from one of the zoo’s food outlets or bring your own picnic lunch—just don’t feed it to the animals.

From sunset vineyard picnics to action-packed days at the beach, there’s a summer picnic idea to suit just about everyone. Dust off the old picnic blanket, pack some healthy snacks and give one our recommendations a try. 

Head in to Macarthur Square to pick up your picnic supplies and gear.
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