There are several designated picnic areas within Albert Park for you to stop at on your park visit.
Coot Picnic Area
Access to the Coot Picnic area is via the Lakeside carpark off Aughtie Drive. There is one designated disabled bay located at the southern side of the carpark adjacent to an access way. The bay is a standard width but the access way provides additional loading room. Parking is free for people displaying a disabled parking permit. The picnic area contains a pavilion with four tables providing access for wheelchair users.
Cormorant Picnic Area
Cormorant picnic area is located at the southern end of the lake. Disabled parking is available adjacent to the entrance. The carpark is fine gravel and a path of a similar surface leads to the lake edge. There is a picnic shelter available but access to it is over a grassed area.
Swan Picnic Area
The Swan picnic area is at the very northern end of the park. It offers a large area of trees providing a relaxing, shady location on a summers afternoon. Access is via Albert Road with the main parking area off Albert Road Drive. The picnic ground has a shelter, seating, tables and electric barbecues. There is a recently-construced barbecue facility with a working height of 90 centimetres. There is a large concrete area surrounding the barbecues.
Use of these facilities is on a shared basis and they cannot be booked for exclusive use.
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Picnic areas in Albert Park
Need to know
Picnic areas in Albert Park
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Swan, Coot, Cormorant and Grebe picnic grounds, Aquatic Drive, the Ampitheatre, the Community Playground, Ross Gregory Drive and the Powerhouse, were assessed for accessibility in February 2021, providing information about the accessibility of the picnic facilities, toilets, parking and paths in these areas, and photos.
To make it easier for people with limited mobility to see the all abilities access and experiences on offer at Albert Park, Parks Victoria has released this video - produced and narrated by accessibility advocate Ryan Smith, who uses a wheelchair.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Albert Park Lake (Albert Park Lake, Albert Park)
Albert Park Aughtie Drive underpasses
Pedestrian and cycle access under Aughtie Drive via the North and South underpasses will be closed.Alternative routes will be available.