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Picnic @ Observatory Hill

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by Manuel (subscribe)
Freelance writer and street photographer
Published April 22nd 2013
Picnic with a picture perfect backdrop
If you are looking for the best picnic spot not far from the Sydney CBD, forget the usual destination. Go up north a bit but not too far.

I know, (almost) every household in Australia owns a car, but not everybody wants to drive, particularly in the Sydney CBD and surrounds, where parking can not only be a problem, it is also definitely expensive.

For this weekend's picnic spot pick, we have the Observatory Hill, which overlooks a good part of the Harbour and the west of Sydney skyline. To get there by public transportation, you got the following options:

By bus
Hop on buses plying routes 431, 432, 433, 308, 339 and 343 to Millers Point and stop at the bottom of Watson Road in Argyle Street.

By train
From Wynyard Station, take the York Street exit and proceed to Kent Street. Walk north and climb up the Agar Steps (which is beside a tennis court) then turn left into Observatory Park.

From Circular Quay, walk north along George Street and turn left to Argyle Street. Walk past the stalls until you find Garrison church to your right. Cross the road and climb up the stairs leading to Watson Road and walk through Observatory Park.

By ferry

From Circular Quay, walk north along George Street and turn left to Argyle Street. Walk past the stalls until you find Garrison church to your right. Cross the road and climb up the stairs leading to Watson Road and walk through Observatory Park.

By car

If you are driving, you can park along Kent Street and climb up the Agar Steps, or park along Watson Road or Argyle Street and walk up along Watson Road to Observatory Hill. There is a caveat though. Street parking along Kent, Watson and Argyle is limited to 2 hours only both weekends and weekdays. If you want to stay a little longer, street parking along Argyle Street after it crosses Kent Street can be as long as 4 hours. Street parking is definitely cheaper than commercial parking spaces, but if you need more picnic time, you need to find the nearest paid parking. Otherwise, you can probably move your car and find another spot for a further 4 hours.

A view of the Sydney Harbour
What better picnic spot could afford you this view of the Sydney Harbour?


If you have the time, you could wait until dusk when you could appreciate the beauty of the sunset against the skyline west of Sydney. It is perfect for a quiet romantic moment with your dearest someone.

Beautiful sunset against the skyline west of Sydney
End your picnic with a beautiful sunset against the skyline west of Sydney.
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Why? Spend time with family or loved one
When: Anytime
Where: Miller's Point, Sydney
Cost: Free
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