With all the excitement of summer comes the onset of picnicking season, when there’s nothing better than gathering together lovely people with cake, fresh sandwiches and drinks surrounded by beautiful paces, be that the harbour, the beach or a dense field of trees.
There’s a list of some of the most wonderful places to picnic in Sydney:
Mrs. Macquarie’s Point
Home to Lady Macquarie’s Chair and located on one of Sydney Harbour’s most breathtaking peninsulas, as soon as you arrive at Mrs. Macquarie’s Point you’ll see exactly why this is praised as one of Sydney’s best vantage points. The views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are simply stunning.
This heritage-listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour is a picnic destination million dollar views. I love this place! If you’re looking to make a whole day of it, be sure to visit this incredible spot, to take your time, stay and camp on the island. Only ten minutes from Circular Quay by ferry.
Wendy’s Secret Garden
This not-so-secret little garden created by Wendy
is a perfect picnic spot for city dwellers. This pocket of greenery overlooking the harbour is a beautiful spot to spend a sunny afternoon. The scenery is set through sculptural displays, meditative spots beside beautifully coloured flowers and benches for visitors wanting pay their tribute to Brett Whiteley by creating their own art work.
There are plenty of shady spots to enjoy a picnic with spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge.
Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park is a lush pocket of bushland that sits on either side of the Lane Cove River.
Easily reachable and full of flat grassy areas just begging to be covered with a plaid blanket, you’d be an absolute basket case if you don’t check out this spot. All you’ll need to bring is a hat and some comfortable walking shoes for a stroll through the park’s bushland– there’s kayak hire at the river and plenty of picnic areas and BBQs for you enjoy.
Shark Island is one of Sydney’s best picnic spots for me. It has superb views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This is the place to spend a lazy sunday, it really makes you feel miles away from others… Also a perfect place to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yatch Race. Ah and for the name, it’s all about the island shape, not because of any shark attacks!
Only 20 minutes from Circular Quay.
Nestled within the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head is an expansive area fully equipped with barbecues, picnic tables and plenty of space.
There is plenty here to keep you busy, whether you want a quiet dip in the ocean, a game of beach cricket or take a hike via the nearby Bairne walking track and see the aboriginal carvings. The Basin is so idyllic it really feels like you’re a million miles away from the heart of the city.
Bobbin Head is one of Sydney’s best secluded fishing spots and contains many nature hikes and hire paddle boats. So try your luck at catching a fish or trek through the bush to spot a cheeky kookaburra.
Australian Botanic Garden
Near Campbelltown, the Botanical Gardens in Mount Annan are exotic & tranquil. 416 hectares of lakes and hills with outdoor sculptures and bbqs,- this is the largest botanic garden in Australia! The garden is free to enter and has also a mountain bike riders trail built to international standards!
Centennial Park may only be 4 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, but it is worlds apart. There’s always a quiet spot waiting to host a picnic in this historic park. Find a place under the shade of a tree or lie out beside the relaxing ponds. There are also several playgrounds for children to enjoy.
The highest natural point in the city, Observation Hill was a obvious choice for the Observatory Station in Sydney. With sweeping views of the harbour, it’s also a favourite spot for a picnic or break for nearby city workers. If you are like me and like to stargaze for hours this is the place to be. Interested in astronomy & meteorology? You can take visit the station .
McKell Park at Darling Point
A small, tucked away park with grassed terraces overlooking Sydney Harbour. It’s the ideal place to lie back, read a book and have a romantic picnic for two.