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Published January 14th 2013
An expansive patch of grass with impressive harbour views
A picnic spot with views of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the harbour itself - welcome to Bradfield Park. Found at the northern end of the bridge at Milsons Point, Bradfield Park sits directly across the water from the Opera House and quite literally under the bridge.
If you wanted to find a good spot to watch Sydney's famous New Year's Eve fireworks, you'd struggle to find anywhere better than here. The views from Bradfield Park really are picture-postcard stuff and the supporting pylons of the bridge run through the park. The enviable waterfront location also means there's usually a nice cooling breeze blowing in off the harbour.
The views aside, this park is also a lovely spot for a relaxing picnic. It's a large, grassy park that slopes its way down towards the harbour, and there's plenty of room to stake out a patch of grass in the sun. A few picnic tables are also available if you're looking for somewhere to sit, while bubblers are scattered throughout the park.
A decent playground sits towards the top of the park, providing a welcome distraction for kids who might not fancy sitting still for a picnic. Toilets are also available, along with a formal lookout spot and a rotunda.
Within the Bradfield Plaza area beneath the bridge there is an outdoor table tennis table. It's free to use if you bring your own racquets and balls, but it might be quite challenging to play when the wind gets up.
Another impressive feature about Bradfield Park is that dogs are welcome to roam off-leash. They must keep at least 10 metres away from the playground and there's no fence around the edge of the park to keep them in, but it's still good to know that Rover doesn't have to miss out on the family picnic.