The Essential Guide for a Perfect Picnic


Picnic Spread

Picnics offer a unique way to enjoy a meal, blending the charm of outdoor settings with the comfort of familiar foods. Whether nestled in a park, perched on a hilltop, or lounging by a riverbank, picnics provide an opportunity to connect with nature and loved ones. This guide aims to equip you with the essentials for a well-planned picnic, acknowledging that sometimes the best picnics are those that are spontaneous and effortless.

Choosing the Right Location

Selecting an ideal spot is a foundational step for any picnic. Seek out locations that offer appealing views and a sense of tranquility. Consider ease of access and the availability of basic amenities like restrooms or shade, which can greatly enhance comfort. Whether it’s the gentle lapping of waves at the beach, the tranquility of a secluded forest, or the vibrant energy of a city park, the choice of location can set the tone for your outdoor meal.

Essential Picnic Equipment

The cornerstone of any picnic is the right set of equipment. A well-chosen picnic basket serves as both storage and a symbol of the occasion, so find one that balances functionality with aesthetic appeal. A comfortable picnic rug is essential; opt for one that combines softness for sitting with practical features like waterproof backing. Portable seating solutions, such as lightweight chairs or a compact picnic table, can add a touch of convenience, especially for those who prefer elevated seating. While basic gear is important, elevating your picnic with high-quality items can turn a simple meal outdoors into an extraordinary experience.

Best Picnic Gifts for the Picnic Lover

Australian Woodwork is dedicated to enhancing your picnic experience with beautifully crafted, functional products. Our selection of picnic accessories, made from the finest Australian woods, not only serves practical purposes but also adds a touch of elegance and uniqueness to any outdoor setting. Here are some of our top picks that make perfect gifts for any picnic enthusiast or a special addition to your collection.

Tassie Blackwood Salt & Pepper Mills

Tassie Blackwood Salt & Pepper Mills

Elevate your picnic table with our Tassie Blackwood Salt & Pepper Mills. These mills are not just practical; their clean, contemporary design and the rich, golden-reddish hue of Tasmanian Blackwood make them a stylish addition to any picnic setup.

Australian Mango Wood 30cm Salad Bowl

Australian Mango Wood 30cm Salad Bowl

The Australian Mango Wood Salad Bowl is a true work of art. This 30cm bowl showcases the fine grain and beautiful figuring of Mango wood, making it an ideal piece for serving salads or as a stunning centrepiece for your picnic spread.

Raffan Salad Servers in Blackwood

Raffan Salad Servers, Blackwood

Complement your dishes with our Raffan Salad Servers crafted from Tasmanian Blackwood. These servers blend timeless design with functionality, making them perfect for a range of settings, from a casual outdoor picnic to a more formal alfresco dining experience.

Red Hardwood Long Wooden Tongs

Red Hardwood Long Wooden Tongs

Practicality meets elegance with our Red Hardwood Long Wooden Tongs. Ideal for serving salads or managing hot foods, these tongs combine functionality with the natural beauty of deep red-toned wood, adding a rustic charm to your picnic.

Red Hardwood Pâté Spreader

Red Hardwood Pâté Spreader

Enhance your gourmet picnic experience with our Red Hardwood Pâté Spreader. Perfect for spreading soft cheese, pate, or butter, these spreaders are not only practical but also add an element of sophistication to your picnic ensemble.

Mullumbimby Long Multi-Purpose Board

Mullumbimby Long Multi Purpose Board

Our Mullumbimby Multi-Purpose Board, made from Camphor Laurel, is as versatile as it is beautiful. Whether you're serving cheese, bread, or fruit, this board's bacteria-resistant qualities make it an ideal choice for any picnic setting.

Red Hardwood Rice Spoon

Red Hardwood Rice Spoon

The Red Hardwood Rice Spoon, crafted from either Redgum or Ironbark, is robust and efficient for serving heavier foods like rice or pasta salad. Its ergonomic design provides a comfortable grip, making serving easy and stylish.

Wine Bottle Coaster in Huon Pine

Wine Bottle Coaster

Add a touch of sophistication to your wine presentation with our Wine Bottle Coaster in Huon Pine. This elegant coaster not only protects surfaces from spills but also serves as a beautiful complement to your outdoor dining aesthetic.At Australian Woodwork, we take pride in offering these exquisite, handcrafted items that blend functionality with the natural elegance of Australian wood, perfect for enhancing any picnic experience.

Picnic Food and Beverages

A delightful array of foods and beverages is the centrepiece of any picnic. Choose food items that are easy to transport and won't spoil easily. Finger foods such as sandwiches, wraps, and cold pasta salads are excellent choices. Fresh fruits, a selection of cheeses, and crackers make for great snacking options. For a sweet finish, portable desserts like cookies, cupcakes, or fruit skewers are perfect.Beverage selection is equally important for a well-rounded picnic. Water is essential for staying hydrated, especially on warm days. If you're looking to add variety, consider bringing beverages that are easy to keep cool and refreshing, like iced teas or sparkling waters. For a special touch, a chilled bottle of wine or non-alcoholic cider can add a celebratory flair, especially when presented in our elegant Huon Pine Wine Bottle Coaster. Remember, the key is to pack items that will maintain their quality and safety without requiring extensive refrigeration, ensuring a delightful picnic experience.

Comfort and Convenience Items

Maximizing comfort and convenience is key to a successful picnic. Here’s how you can be well-prepared:

Sun Protection: Protect yourself from the sun's rays with sunscreen (reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating), wide-brimmed hats, and UV-protection sunglasses. Consistent reapplication of sunscreen is crucial for effective protection.

Insect Repellent: A good insect repellent is indispensable. If you’re in a wooded area, remember to check for ticks after your picnic. Opt for repellents that suit your preferences, whether they’re natural, DEET-free, or otherwise.

First-Aid Kit: A comprehensive first-aid kit should include bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, necessary medications, and a small flashlight or headlamp for emergencies. Being prepared can make all the difference in handling unexpected situations.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies: Choose biodegradable or plant-based wipes for a low environmental impact, but remember that proper disposal is still essential. Even biodegradable wipes should be disposed of responsibly to avoid littering natural spaces. Bring along suitable garbage bags for all waste.

Varied Seating Options: For additional comfort, consider bringing portable chairs or stools, many of which come with carry bags or straps for easy transportation. Folding stools, cushioned pads, or inflatable chairs can also provide comfortable seating alternatives.

Weather Preparedness: Pack according to the weather forecast. Include umbrellas or raincoats for rain, extra layers or blankets for cooler temperatures, and a thermos for a warm beverage to keep cozy.Incorporating these items and tips into your picnic planning ensures a comfortable, safe, and eco-friendly outdoor experience.

Entertainment and Activities

Enhance your picnic experience with a variety of activities that cater to different interests and settings:

Frisbee and Cricket: Ideal for spacious park areas, games like Frisbee and cricket offer fun and engagement for groups, perfect for a playful and active picnic.

Paddleboating: If your picnic spot is near a lake or calm water body, paddleboating can be a charming and leisurely way to enjoy the water. It's a great option for adding a bit of adventure to your outing.

Bushwalking and Swimming: For those near natural reserves or beaches, consider a light walk through the bush or a refreshing swim. Pack appropriate footwear like sneakers or hiking boots for bushwalking, and consider water shoes or sandals if you plan to swim.

Ring Toss / Quoits: This simple game is suitable for picnickers of all ages and is easy to set up, adding a touch of casual fun to your outdoor meal.

Scavenger Hunt: Create a scavenger hunt list to explore and interact with the picnic environment. This activity is especially fun for kids and can turn a simple picnic into an adventure.

Croquet: As a classic lawn game, croquet has been enjoyed by many over the years. It's a great option for those who enjoy leisurely, strategic games.

Board Games: Compact and portable board games like Jenga, Connect Four, or card games are excellent for group entertainment and can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

Ball Sports: Engage in your favourite ball sport, whether it’s football, soccer, or even a casual game of catch. These sports are great for adding some energy and movement to your day.

DIY Activities: If you’re feeling creative, consider bringing along materials for DIY activities such as drawing, simple crafting, or even a paint-by-numbers kit. These can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend your time outdoors.

Music: A portable speaker with a well-curated playlist can enhance the ambience. If you play a musical instrument, consider bringing it for a personal touch.These activities provide a range of options to suit different picnic styles and preferences, from active and playful to relaxing and creative. Choose what best fits the mood of your picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.

Environmental Considerations

When enjoying a picnic, especially in Australia's pristine natural landscapes, it's vital to be environmentally conscious. Here's how you can make your picnic more eco-friendly:

Eco-Friendly Products: Choose picnic supplies that are kind to the environment. Avoid products with harmful chemicals or non-biodegradable materials. Opt for reusable plates, cups, and utensils, or if disposables are necessary, ensure they are biodegradable or compostable.

Recycling and Composting: Bring separate bags for recyclables and compostable items to make waste sorting easier. Dispose of waste responsibly, using designated recycling bins where available, and consider taking compostable waste home.

Respect Wildlife: Keep all food and garbage secured and out of reach of animals to prevent attracting pests. Enjoy watching wildlife from a distance without feeding or disturbing them.

Sustainable Travel Options: Reduce your carbon footprint by considering walking or cycling to your picnic spot, if feasible. If you need to travel further, carpooling or using public transport are eco-friendly choices.

Water Conservation: If you're using water from a natural source, consider a water filter or purification system to avoid contamination. Bring your water in reusable bottles, and avoid using soaps or detergents near natural water bodies.These practices help ensure that your picnic is enjoyable and sustainable, preserving the natural beauty of the environment for future visitors and wildlife.


In conclusion, crafting the perfect picnic is about blending thoughtful preparation with a touch of whimsy. Each element, from choosing a picturesque location to assembling a delightful mix of food and activities, plays a crucial role in creating enchanting outdoor moments. Using high-quality, eco-friendly products like those from Australian Woodwork not only elevates your picnic experience but also champions sustainable practices.

The true spirit of a great picnic is found in treading lightly on the environment while sharing delicious meals and memorable moments with those who matter most. Whether it’s a family outing, an intimate gathering, or a solitary retreat, a picnic offers a welcome respite from the daily grind, inviting you to unwind and reconnect.

We hope this guide inspires you to pack your basket, seek out that perfect spot, and immerse yourself in the simple pleasures of outdoor dining. Picnics are a celebration of nature’s beauty, an opportunity to savour the carefree essence of outdoor dining, and a chance to create joyous memories. Embrace the picnic spirit and enjoy every moment. Happy picnicking!

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