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Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch in Brisbane - Newcomers & Christmas Orphans

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Friday, 25 December 2015 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm (AEST)

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Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch 2015

Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch Brisbane

Photo from Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch 2011

If you would like to attend, please register so we know how many to expect...

***Everyone welcome - including newcomers to Brisbane, Christmas Day orphans, people who are single, married, couples, families, students, tourists, migrants, local residents, Australian citizens, children, adults, young or old, any faith or religion 

- if you are looking for an alternative option for Christmas Day please join us - 

this event will go ahead - rain hail or shine. 

Free to attend, bring your own (BYO) food and wear your own name tag.***

Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch in Brisbane 

Christmas Day can be a lonely occasion if you are a long way away from family and friends.

It is also difficult if the traditional rituals cannot be recreated - as far as I know, there has never been snow in Sydney on Christmas Day!

Even if you do not normally celebrate this religious occasion, it is still nice to have 'something to do' on Christmas Day as plenty of people at work will ask you 'what are you doing for Christmas?'


In 2006, Newcomers Network hosted a bring your own food picnic event in Catani Gardens, St Kilda (Victoria) and in 2007, we moved to the Queen Victoria Gardens next to St Kilda Road and opposite the Victorian Arts Centre. In 2015, Sue Ellson will be hosting the 10th Christmas Day Picnic Lunch in Melbourne.

These annual events started in Sydney in 2010, Perth in 2010, Brisbane in 2011 and Adelaide in 2013 (so if you are not in Brisbane on the day, please join one of these groups if you are available!)

We usually have between 20 - 100 people attending - bringing bikes, footballs, cricket bat and balls, frisbees, dogs, friends or coming on their own. 

What to Bring

•  a name tag with your first name on it 
   (a simple sticker or piece of paper and pin will do) 

•  hat, sunglasses, sunscreen 

•  whatever you would like to eat, drink and share (including water)

•  picnic mat and/or chair

Public Transport

The closest public transport is at

1) Stop 96A City Loop Bus

2) QUT City Hopper Ferry Station

3) Eagle Street Pier Ferry Station

4) Stop 96 near Edward Street for bus routes 105,112,113,114,172,202,P173, P208

5) Stop 95 near George Street for bus routes 114,118,136,138,153,162,P173,P206,P207,P208

Timetable information is online at

Finding the Group

We can never be 100% certain as to how many people will turn up on the day, but as this is our 5th year hosting the picnic, we are expecting a nice sized small group. The event has been promoted in several locations including Eventbrite, Meetup and Facebook. If you can arrive close to midday (12pm) – that will make it easier to find the rest of the group.

If you could take a couple of photos and either email them to me or post them on our Facebook page at, that would be fantastic!

Please do not be daunted if you are planning to come on your own – everyone usually sits in small groups and then moves around on the day – just smile and start chatting!

Also Listed Online

Although Sue Ellson (the organiser) will not be attending this event in Brisbane (she will be hosting the 10th annual picnic in Melbourne), the event is also being promoted on the following websites

•  Newcomers Network

•  Meetup

•  Facebook  

Christmas Day Picnic Lunch Videos

- fun spy version

- longer descriptive version

More Information

Email sydney @ 
Telephone Sue Ellson + 61 402 243 271.


Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch Brisbane

Brisbane Botanical Gardens
Next to the Garden's Cycle Hire
Near the intersection of Albert Street and Alice Street Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Australia
Latitude -27.473714 Longitude 153.029700

We look forward to seeing you there!

Media release online at

Have questions about Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch in Brisbane - Newcomers & Christmas Orphans? Contact Newcomers Network

When & Where

Botanical Gardens Brisbane
corner Albert and Alice Streets
Brisbane, Queensland 4000

Friday, 25 December 2015 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm (AEST)

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Newcomers Network

Newcomers Network provides information, events and advocacy for people who have moved to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth - migrants, expatriates, repatriates, newcomers, domestic, international, from the country or intrastate.

Email info [at] or telephone +61 402 243 271 for more information.

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