Davidson Park within the Garigal National Park is a perfect spot for a picnic.
Located in Forestville, this Northern Beaches park is on the shores of Middle Harbour Creek and thus also offers good flat water for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing. There are launch ramps in the park - there is one near the boat ramp parking area and there is another one at the western end of the picnic grounds. If you are into the more serious motor or sail boating, there is a boat ramp at the south-eastern end of the park, and from there you can steer your boat towards either the Middle Harbour or the Sydney Harbour.
Kayaking at the Middle Harbour Creek in Davidson Park
The accessible location and the natural environment of the park makes it popular, so on weekends and holidays, it can get really busy. With social distancing still advisable during these times, it is best to avoid visiting when the place is busy.
Davidson Park has big, open grassy and barbecue areas. There is plenty of shade under the eucalyptus trees that grow abundantly throughout the park, but you can always bring a gazebo or a sun shelter. And if you are into walking, try the Grade 3 walks from Davidson Park. A Grade 3 walk, according to the Australian Walking Track Grading System (AWTGS), is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, rough surfaces and many steps. The Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk is 5.2km one way, while the Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park is longer at 6.8km one-way.
Park entry fees apply at Davidson Park, currently $8 per vehicle, but free for National Parks pass holders.
San Miguel Beer is a very popular beverage for Filipinos. An ice-cold San Miguel goes well with a picnic at Davidson Park