posted on 06 Dec 22 | by

Pack your picnic basket and discover the beautiful Loddon Valley this summer. 

Enjoy an afternoon by the calm waters of Little Lake Boort, relax on the bank of the mighty Loddon River or explore the spectacular natural environment around the many quaint townships. Here is a list of the must visit picnic locations.


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Bridgewater on Loddon

The banks of the tranquil Loddon River is a stunning place for a picnic. Set yourself up on the grassy banks, or take a seat beneath the canopy of a beautiful old river gum for a memorable picnic spot. Afterwards we recommend a walk along the Bridgewater River Track to discover the hidden gems on the walk, such as the rapids behind the flour mill. 

Hot tip for those looking for a taste of the region, Bridgewater Farmhouse Kitchen has a fantastic selection of a picnic hampers with everything you need for a delicious afternoon. For those looking for a baked treat, be sure to visit the award winning Bridgewater Bakehouse.

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The Hill, Pyramid Hill

For those looking for a picnic spot with a view, the hill at Pyramid Hill might be the place for you. Choose to picnic at the summit, or walk around the base of this view point with picnic tables and plenty of places to layout a rug.

If you’re looking to continue hiking, Mount Hope and Terrick Terrick National Park are only a stones through away.

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Kooyoora State Park

Well known for the caves, walking tracks, wildflowers and bush campground, Kooyoora State Park is also a fantastic place for a picnic. With plenty of unique places to picnic within the park, it is the perfect place for a day trip or a weekend away. Our recommendation is the Melville Caves Picnic Ground for a peaceful bush picnic - it is also a great spot for groups, with a picnic table available.

For those who are more adventurous, pack your bag and go for a hike for stunning views from the Southern Lookout. 





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In the historic town of Tarnagulla lies the peaceful Soldiers Memorial park. Situated amongst the trees beside the Victoria Theatre, this spot is fantastic for the whole family with a playground and plenty of space to run around.

A stroll through the historic streets will leave you in awe of the wealth of history this once booming gold town has on display. And for those looking to stay a little longer, a stay at the Historic Tarnagulla Reserve or the Pebble House will complete your visit.


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Little Lake Boort, the oasis of the North, has many places to enjoy a picnic. Whether it be by the water’s edge, under a willow tree or on the lush green grassed areas, lay out the picnic rug or sit at a picnic table and soak in the stunning surrounds.

Then enjoy a walk or cycle of the lake and view the Spanner Sculpture Gardens. If visiting for a day, we recommend hiring a canoe from the Boort Lakes Holiday Park for a paddle around the lake.

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In the heart of Wedderburn you will find a quaint garden tucked away from the main road. Known as Ted’s Garden, this community garden is a peaceful spot for a picnic with its central rotunda surrounded by established trees. 

Follow the garden path to the end and you will find the Nardoo Creek. Walk the Nardoo Creek track for a pleasant stroll amongst the local fauna and flora.

While you’re here, we recommend visiting the Birds Eye View murals, Coach House Galley and Museum and the Loddon Visitor Information Centre for a tour of the old school house.