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Top 10 Picnic Spots on Sydney's Northern Beaches

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Published September 26th 2013
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[ADVERT]With beautiful spring weather upon us, it's time to find your picnic basket, gather some friends and head out for a day of relaxation and fun at one of Sydney's northern beaches top picnic spots.

Winnererremy Bay Foreshore Reserve
Mona Street, Mona Vale

Very much a family park with a great children's play area. Several BBQs and sheltered picnic tables make it a lovely picnic spot.

Facilities: toilets, enclosed and sheltered playground, free BBQs, picnic tables, café, bubblers, paid carpark and some street parking.

More info.

Clontarf Reserve
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf

One of my all time favourites, this park is located right next to the beach. As there are no waves, it is ideal for families with young children.

Facilities: toilets, showers, sheltered playground, kiosk/restaurant, bubblers, picnic tables, free BBQs, shade provided by trees, paid car park and free street parking.

More info.

North Harbour Reserve
Condamine Street, Balgowlah

Lots of large open green spaces for you to relax and a basketball court for those wishing to shoot a few hoops. Great water views, although not suitable for swimming.

Facilities: toilets, sheltered playground, kiosk, free BBQs, shade provided by trees, limited street parking, some tables.

More info.

Shelly Beach
Bower Street, Manly

Lovely beach with lots of shells for children to collect and located next to a reserve with picnic tables and BBQs. Ideal for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving and stand-up board riding.

Facilities: toilets, showers, café/restaurant/kiosk, free BBQs, some shelter provided by large trees, paid parking, bubblers, tables, seating.

More info .

Bilarong Reserve
Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen

A stunning spot right on Narrabeen Lake, with an enclosed playground for young children and a great climbing frame for older children. Ideal for fishing.

Facilities: toilets, enclosed playground, free BBQs, picnic tables, shade provided by trees, bubblers, small carpark.

More info.

Manly Warringah Memorial Park
King Street, Manly Vale

Located next to Sydney's largest freshwater lake, ideal for water sports, bushwalks and swimming. Picnic areas can be booked during busy periods.

Facilities: toilets, playground, some electric and many woodfired BBQs, boat ramp, bubblers, tables, unrestricted parking, large trees provide shade, swimming.

More info.

Dee Why Beach
The Strand, Dee Why

One of northern beaches most popular picnic areas. Situated right next to Dee Why Beach, a large grassy area with picnic tables and a promenade.

Facilities: toilets, two enclosed and sheltered playgrounds, free BBQs, picnic tables, lots of cafes and restaurants, bubblers, ping pong table, paid car parks and free street parking, swimming at surf beach or at nearby rockpool.

More info.

McCarrs Creek Reserve
McCarrs Creek Road, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NSW 2083

A very spacious reserve near Ku-ring-gai National Park. A peaceful spot with stunning water views and a great fishing spot.

Facilities: toilets, woodfire BBQs, tables, plenty of shaded provided by large trees, swimming, boating.

More info.

Clifton Gardens
Morella Road, Mosman

This large grassy park is a popular picnic area, with a netted swimming area and a pier, which is suitable for fishing.

Facilities: toilets, BBQ, sheltered & enclosed playground, basketball court, sheltered picnic tables, BBQs, bubblers, swimming, café, fishing, some large trees which provide shade.

More info .

Rosherville Reserve
McLean Crescent, Balmoral

A well hidden park with large trees and extensive lawn. Located near Chinamans Beach, the park has modern amenities, but there are no cafes or kiosk.

Facilities: toilets, small playground, bubblers, swimming, large trees which provide shade.

More info.

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Lovely photos! Is it safe to swim at McCarrs Creek Reserve - no sharks ?
by Cornelia Deller (score: 2|182) 2854 days ago
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