City living shouldn't prevent you from getting outside for a picnic whenever the desire takes you - and the weather allows! You won't get the picturesque views in the Inner West that some picnic spots outside of the city provide, but you can still find laid back green spaces to unroll a picnic mat. Here are a few of the nicest picnic spots in Sydney's Inner West:
Pioneers Memorial Park Norton Street, Leichhardt
Pioneers Memorial Park is the main large park in the centre of Leichhardt. It is an interesting spot with various areas of flora, from a rose garden to native bush areas. There are lovely sectioned off seating spots with benches, and there are wide paths for strolling around.
There aren't picnic tables here really, but there are plenty of grassy shaded areas for spreading out a blanket. Toilets are located on site and there is a very popular children's playground, making the spot ideal for family picnics.
A stone's throw from Leichhardt's main restaurant and bar area, it's easy to either bring your own fare, or grab some excellent food nearby. Close to the main bus routes as well, so getting there is not an issue.
Pioneer's Memorial Park is also home to a beautiful war memorial and a striking bicentennial rotunda.
Petersham Park Brighton St, Petersham
There's plenty to keep you interested at Petersham Park. It is home to the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre and an excellent children's play area. There are often cricket games at the oval, which is the main feature of the park. It's a popular practice for people to spread out a blanket and enjoy a match while having their picnic.
It is a 5 minute walk from the Petersham train station. And 10 minutes from Petersham's main drag which has a few decent cafes and Portugese restaurants.
Ashfield Park Corner of Orpington Street and Pembroke Street, Ashfield
Ashfield Park is a popular local picnic spot for many locals of Ashfield - and while not the most scenic option, is a good choice if you are in the area. Ashfield park is home to a soccer field, the Ashfield Bowling Club, and a children's play area.
One of the most appealing aspects of the park are the mature old trees and the unique memorials on site. There are benches for seating, toilet facilities and plenty of shade. There's not much of a view here, but the location still has charm and a feel of it's own, having a lot of Ashfield's history scattered throughout it.
There are many interesting memorials and statues in Ashfield Park
There's always a nice breeze off the water, more than enough choices of seating and plenty of waterbirds - making the spot popular with children. Choose from a number of designated picnic areas along both sides of the river between Strathfield and Marrickville.
Walking tracks go for kilometres alongside the Cook's River
This area makes up part of the Cooks River Cycleway - so naturally it makes for great cycling and with it's wide scenic paths. There is some designated parking, but otherwise, parking is usually just found along the streets of whatever nearby residential area lines that section of the river corridor.
A good start to discovering the Cooks River is Ewan Park - close to Hurlstone Park. Failing that, it's easy to put down a blanket anywhere beside the walkway and take in the surrounds.
Rodd Park Henley Marine Drive, Rodd Point
This is the picnic spot with a view! Rodd Park is a small grassy area overlooking Rodd Island. The Dobroyd Aquatic Club is located next to the park and adds to the maritime feel of the area. Views are those of the bay with yachts aplenty on the Parramatta River and a view of Leichhardt Park across the water.
It can get busy here on public holidays but on most days this is a quiet, breezy spot to have your lunch. There are a few picnic benches but also some lawn if you miss out on a table. Includes plenty of parking space.