Chill out at Killarney Picnic Basket Day

Long before visitors arrive at Killarney’s laid-back day of picnic baskets, chilled music and fresh local food, event organisers hope they will be delighted by their day.

“It’s a fantastic sight to see Redcliffe Kite Club’s giant kites flying over the gardens of Melrose Station alongside the hundreds of kites built and flown by the picnickers,” Deb Bradfield, Killarney Picnic Basket Day organiser said.

“Each year families gather on the lawns of one of Southern Queensland’s most spectacular private gardens at Melrose Station, to enjoy the talents of Southern Downs’ makers and artists and picnic on fantastic fresh produce.

“People keep coming back for our legendary ‘Gem of the Downs’ Steakburgers, Killarney Pulled Pork Rolls and Mal’s Loaded Spuds – featuring produce straight from our local farms.

“Or you can build your own picnic platter at our ‘Local Tastes’ stalls with local gourmet products like cabanossi, cheese, olives, honey, figs and more.

“The Killarney Picnic Basket Day is not just about the food, but also about living well; spending time with family and friends soaking up the great outdoor spaces and fresh country air.

Deb said the day of “living well” promotes mental health by supporting the charity Livin’ as well as making a difference for local drought relief by raising funds for the QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund.

For more information on this year’s day call 0437 109 912 or visit


When and where?

Location: Melrose Station, 1 Barlow’s Gate Road, Killarney

Date: Sunday 7 April, 10am to 4pm

Entry fee: $5 adults and children under 12 free. Tickets at the gate.


• Giant Kite flying demonstration – by Redcliffe Kite Club

• Build and fly your own kite (kite kits available for sale)

• Live music – popular Toowoomba band, 8 Second Ride; country singer, Bridget O’Shannessy, jazz duo Blue Violets; and Killarney’s own, Bruce Halter

• Blacksmithing display

• Devonshire tea

• Vintage car display

• Wine and beer tasting

• Raffles – 12 gourmet filled picnic baskets

• Silent Auction including two return flights to Melbourne donated by Wellcamp Airport, five-course degustation lunch with paired wines at Spicer’s Peak Lodge

• Local Artisan’s Display – painters (Loretta Grayson & Dawn Head Rose), potter (Jan Laws), sculptor (Paul Stumkat) and more

• Teddy’s tea party (bring your favourite ted)

• Face painting

• Pony rides and animal farm

• Sand Wizard

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