Our COVID safe guide to picnics

Here is our COVID safe guide to picnics. In Melbourne, we are allowed to have picnics within a certain distance of our home. We can only have this with no more than 5 people from two households.

So here are some tips for enjoying your picnic safely.


Make sure that you are wearing a face mask.

In Melbourne, everyone must do so, and you can be fined for this.

Buy all your picnic needs from your local Mercato (or corner store).

By buying from there, you support small businesses and help them pay all of their costs. Usually, the corner store is open at certain times and on weekends.

Don’t wander around to other picnics.

You are supposed to stay 1.5 meters away from the other groups. The other groups will not be happy with you.

Throw your mask out properly

Don’t litter in the park. It’s not cool, and there are fines for this. Plus, if the birds eat it, they could choke on the loopholes. It is an environmental hazard

Wait until you get home to throw your mask out. Before throwing away, make sure that you cut the loops off

Make sure that you have some hand sanitizer

You can buy some small hand sanitizer online, or you can buy them from a local store. The small hand sanitizer should fit in your bag or basket.

Wear an adult nappy

The queues to the toilets might belong, and sometimes it may be dirty. If you wear an adult nappy, you can go in there, and it doesn’t matter as there is no smell. I love the Tena nappies that you can buy from your local pharmacy. For a small price, it is worth it. It is more hygienic that way

Don’t get too drunk

Yes, picnics have alcoholic drinks, but that’s no excuse to get drunk. Know your limits. If you get drunk, you might accidentally wander off to somewhere where you shouldn’t be.

How the urban environment affects activity

During the Covid times the gyms have shut and there is a limited amount of outdoor bootcamps and personal training allowed. So we have to think about how the urban environment affects our day to day activity. The Danish health authority have published this report on the urban environment.

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Earlier this year I had the chance to attend RMIT’s Engaging for Impact event where they were talking about the Urban Observatory. Some areas in Melbourne don’t have much in terms of parks and natural resources where people can exercise for free. Now this can be detrimental for our health as we would have to travel far far away and our current lockdown laws don’t allow that. Parks create a happy space for people to play and walk in. We need more open spaces for people to run around in. Parks are great areas for people to meet and socialise in.

Walkability was talked about at RMIT’s Engaging for Impact and in the report. Walkability means how far you have to walk to places. Places within a 2km radius from people’s houses are close. I suppose as marathoners we don’t care a lot about walkability as we can run everywhere.

Cycling paths are another issue in Melbourne. Those that live far away don’t have greater access to cycling paths. The councils should build more paths to encourage exercise within their neighbourhood. Cycle paths should be safe and well lit

Safety was another feature heavily talked about at RMIT’s Engaging for Impact as well as in the report. Paths need to be well lit at night or otherwise people cannot walk home. Also there needs to clear signage as to where the path leads to. And for older people the paths should be safe to walk on.

Now is a good time to think about planning the environment whilst we are in lockdown for when we fully get out of lockdown. There should be more cycling paths for those that live in outer Melbourne. There also could be more greenery in places like Cranbourne and places where low income earners live.

Picnic and tea at Hanging rock

Hanging rock is in Macedon near Woodend and it’s near Woodend station. There are no buses from Hanging rock to the station. You have to either get an Uber or get someone to pick you up from there. It costs $10 to park there or enter and you pay at the ticket dispensing machines at the ground.

Here everything is lovely once you get inside and it can be quite meditating going on those walks. Of course dogs are not allowed on the Summit trail but they can be elsewhere.

Here the teas are lovely in their little small countryside cafe. I would have love to have my tea with jam and scones. I had a green tea.

You order and pay inside the gift store and then you can opt to sit in the cafe. They also have their award winning wines and winery but I never got to go there. I just didn’t have time.

I had a lovely time having a picnic lunch here and many thanks to friends for bringing me.

lets move 365: Sams Boatshed

Sam’s Boatshed is a boat hire place as well as a café. It was a sunny day when I went and it was after a run when I was all hot and sweaty. I needed some water to replace the fluids that I lost.

This is outside at Albert Park and its dog friendly. Moreover you can enjoy watching the boats. You can also hire boats for as little as $15. This is a nice way to enjoy some tea and ice cream.

They have a few different flavours and they have sorbet. Here I had my usual blood orange and lemon for $5.50 for two. For one its $4

You can also pat some lovely dogs whilst there.

Do visit here on a relaxing  day out

Address for Sam’s Boatshed
3 Aquatic Drive, Albert Park Victoria 3206
03 9686 2571