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McCarrs Creek Reserve

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by Sue Hinchey (subscribe)
A freelance writer living and loving in the northern beaches of Sydney...travelling, writing, outdoor activities, gardens, and Pilates are a few of my favourite things. Visit me or
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.

Reserve Entrance
a small blue & white entrance sign

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.

boat ramps
small jetty and boat ramp

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.

shade trees
plenty of shady trees

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.

Church Pt Ferry General Store
Church Point General Store

waters edge restaurant
coffee right over the water

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.

Pittwater footpath
Pittwater footpath

There are several more coffee shops and rest stops along the way to Bayview.

waters edge rest stops
waters edge rest stops

Quays Marina
The Quays coffee shop

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.

picnic areas
shady picnic areas
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Where: 240 McCarrs Creek Road, McCarrs Creek, NSW
Cost: Free during winter, may be pay/display in summer months
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Sounds lovely, Sue, will put it on my "To Do" list for next time I'm in Sydney!
by Elaine (score: 3|7774) 1591 days ago
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