Freelance writer, food blogger and Etsy store owner.
Published December 20th 2010
Everybody loves going out for breakfast. We all love sunny days spent sitting on picnic rugs surrounded by the great outdoors. So why not combine these two favourite past times for the perfect weekend activity - a breakfast picnic.
The options are endless for a breakfast picnic and depend on where you want to go, who you want to go with and what you want to eat.
You could pack your breakfast at home - maybe some fresh cut fruit and homemade muffins, juice and any other goodies you find lying in your pantry. Or you might prefer to head to nearby cafes or patisseries and pick up some coffees, pastries or even some bacon and egg rolls. Then you can head to any park of your choosing, lay out your picnic and soak up the sun.
There's a pretty park in Wahroonga called, believe it or not, Wahroonga Park. Whilst Wahroonga Park lacks water or city views and is surrounded by relatively busy streets and Wahroonga Station, it is a pretty place to sit beneath the giant trees and people watch. Wahroonga Park offers beautifully manicured gardens, play equipment, big leafy trees and a rotunda. A short walk from the park is Wahroonga Village where you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and coffee. For coffee, try the popular Danes or the trendy Kokoh, around the corner on Redleaf Avenue. The options for food are also endless. Wahroonga Village houses, amongst many things, a French patisserie, an Italian delicatessen, a Baker's Delight and a takeaway chicken shop.
Another option is the peaceful Bobbin Head, part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Situated at the end of Bobbin Head Road in North Turramurra, is this beautiful park engulfed between bush covered hills and a river. Bobbin Head offers a range of things to do and see including picnic areas, children's play equipment, a marina, many bushwalks and the mangrove boardwalk. You'll even find Aboriginal drawings in the rock faces as you explore the park. Food choices are limited within the park, but just before you reach the entrance on Bobbin Head Road is a row of shops where you can purchase the necessities for your breakfast picnic. Definitely try the coffee at The Cook's Garden. Also be aware that Bobbin Head requires you to pay a fee when you enter the park.
If it's a water view you're after, a picnic at Balmoral Beach is a promising choice. There are food outlets down at Balmoral Beach, but most of them offer only seafood. Your best bet is stopping in at Mosman shops before working your way down to Balmoral. Balmoral offers an array of places to sit, relax and soak up the sun. You might decide on a park bench near the walkway to watch the ocean and passersby at the same time. You might prefer to sit on the sand, or even upon the boardwalk over the water. There are also designated picnic and grassy areas and Balmoral "island", a rocky headland with gorgeous views. Just remember that parking in Balmoral can often be frustrating and don't forget your sunglasses.