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Published May 19th 2013
Peaceful waterfront picnic spot
Whenever you come across a peaceful little picnic spot right on the water, there's an understandable desire to keep it all to yourself. But rather than keep it a secret, I thought I'd spread the word about Burns Bay Reserve.
Sitting on the shores of the Lane Cove River, Burns Bay Reserve is quietly tucked away at the end of Kooyong Road. This spacious, flat and grassy park is the ideal spot to sit down for a relaxing family picnic.
Looking out over a peaceful stretch of water, you can just sit back and take in the views or take a stroll along the water's edge. A boat ramp is also available but is inaccessible at low tide.
Picnic tables and seating are on offer, but there's also heaps of room to spread out a picnic blanket in the sun. Some old-school barbecues are available as well, but you'll need to take your own wood if you want to fire them up.
Stepping back from the water you come across a deep grassy area of flat land. Soccer is played here during the winter, but when the field's not in use it's a great spot to let any active youngsters run out all their energy.
Further back from the water is a basketball practice court, while at the very back of the park is a great little kids' playground. There's a flying fox, swings, slides and plenty of area to explore.
Part of the park is also an off-leash exercise area for dogs. Check signage in the park to make sure you're letting your pooch roam free in the right spot.
Parking is available for 30 cars and there are wheelchair-accessible toilets on site. For more information about the facilities at Burns Bay Reserve, log on to the Lane Cove Council website.