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5 Excellent Picnic Spots in Inner West Sydney

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published June 25th 2015
Get your Inner picnic on
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.

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Private seating behind hedges


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.

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The war memorial


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.

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Enjoy a match at the Petersham oval


Lots of shady space under trees, and some quieter areas of the park where you will occasionally see people working on their tan on sunny days.

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Play a game of chess in the park


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.

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Tree lined paths and lots of grass


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.

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There are many interesting memorials and statues in Ashfield Park


Various Parks Along the Cooks River
Cooks River, Sydney

There are lots of pretty spots along the Cooks River for lazy Sunday lunches. While away the afternoon by the water, have a barbecue and watch the kids run about at the various kids play areas.

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Numerous play areas are scatterred along the river


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.

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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.

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The view from Rodd Point. Image Credit: Rickrocksoz via Wikimedia Commons


Rodd Park was named for the Rodd family. At the site you can see a memorial known as the Rodd Point Memorial. This marks the former location of the families masoleum.

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The former mausoleum of the Rodd family. Image Credit: J Bar via Wikimedia Commons


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.
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Where: Inner West Sydney
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Your Comment
It's nice to see Sydney from a non-touristy perspective. I have only ever visited for a few days at a time, but there are some really beautiful natural spots that would be worth uncovering.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 1265 days ago
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