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Published July 24th 2016
Perfectly Positioned Pittwater Pit-stops
On the northern side of Sydney, tucked into the ridge line between Pittwater and the Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of the quietest picnic spots you're ever likely to find.
McCarrs Creek is a small watercourse that trickles down from the National Park and feeds into the gloriously gentle Pittwater. It's perfect for canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, or even bring a dinghy if you have one - an easily accessible boat launching ramp makes getting into the water very easy.
The grassed areas offer lovely shade underneath large sprawling fig trees, picnic tables and an amenities block. A picnic hamper and rug, and a good book is all you'll need, or if bringing children then a soccer ball and fishing rod is a must too.
There are no shops here so bring everything you need to eat and drink. Alternatively, just 5 minutes drive away is the Church Point Wharf General Store and Coffee Shop. Like the corner stores of olde, it has everything you need. Pick up cold meats and salad items, or you can eat in their restaurant and feel like you're floating somewhere like Venice, as the building juts out over the water's edge.
To make a full day of it, you can continue the drive along McCarrs Creek Road to Akuna Bay and the National Park at Cottage Point. Or leave the car at Church Point and for a good walk, follow the very wide and wheel-chair friendly footpath east towards Bayview.
Make it a lovely days drive with pit-stops along the way, or just make like a lizard and rest in the shade of the trees and listen to the birdsong. Either way, you'll feel like you've left the city and all your cares behind.