New Farm Park, New Farm
This beautiful, sprawling park next to the river is a quaint reminder of yesteryear Brisbane, with its rose gardens, tennis courts, croquet lawns, and Federation-style bandstand rotunda, where jazz bands still regularly play. Spreading out a picnic rug in the dappled sunlight under the jacaranda trees has been a favourite way for Brisbanites to kick back for around a century now. And with good reason, since you couldn’t ask for a prettier place to while away a balmy afternoon. Electric barbecues are free to use and available on a first-come, first-served basis.