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Top 10 Picnic Spots in Sydney

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Published August 23rd 2018
Have a Break - Have a Picnic
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Manly Dam picnic (image by Warringah Council)


Picnics are perfect for a couple's afternoon interlude, for friends escaping work for a barbecue, prisoners of high-rise housing in need of green space, or parents craving an outlet for their child's sugar rush. Find your perfect picnic spot at one of these 10 best in Sydney.

Blackwattle Bay
The Inner West has shifted from the working class to the trendies, but the Bay still dominates, making a beautiful backdrop for a picnic.

Watch yachts glide across Rozelle Bay, slipping beneath ANZAC Bridge as you toast another lazy weekend afternoon at the barbecues. Kids are kept engaged on the playgrounds while mates can kick a ball on the sporting grounds.

There are also spots for dogs to run free from the leash, and walking tracks cure the post-dessert guilt.

Visit the City of Sydney website to plan your day.

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Centennial Park picnic (image by Centennial Parklands)


Centennial Park
Beneath the grandstands of the Sydney Cricket Ground in our Eastern Suburbs, Centennial Park shines with 11 picnic sites.

For a first-timer, try Fearnley Grounds where shade, tables, barbecues and a cafe make a last-minute get-together easy.

Young riders can safely master their bikes on the learner's cycleway, while adults can hire bicycles too.

Visit Centennial Parklands for more info.


Cockatoo Island
After a ferry ride from Circular Quay, picnic on an island in Sydney Harbour.

You'll be shaded by umbrellas but wear sunnies to soften the water's shimmering glare.

The island has plenty of organised activities, including audio tours, kayak hire and tennis courts. There are also barbecues and playgrounds.

While you can't bring a beer, alcohol is available from the bar.

Visit Cockatoo Island for more info.

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Sydney picnic (Alex Proimos / CC BY 2.0)


Manly Dam
Plunging into lush forest, Manly Dam in Manly Vale is a peaceful escape from the bustling beach at nearby Manly.

There are gazebos and barbecues at the 4 picnic areas and the dam caters for our favourite watery pastimes.

Take a dip, ride a kayak or catch a bass fish.

You can bring your own alcohol to celebrate your catch or commiserate with a tale about "the one that got away".

Visit the Warringah Council website for more info.


Parramatta Park
Brimming in Aboriginal and colonial history, Parramatta's Park spans 85 hectares of gardens, trails, heritage buildings, playgrounds, fields and picnic shelters to explore.

Begin at the picnic ground in the park's north beside the Wisteria Gardens.

Walk the 3-kilometre circuit, crossing Parramatta River and Domain Creek before lunch at the barbecues.

Keep a lookout for the park's residents - you're sharing this paradise with over 140 species of wildlife.

Visit Parramatta Park for more info.


Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Carved by convicts from the sandstone jutting from the tip of the Domain, this natural bench invites picnickers to pause for panoramic views of Sydney Harbour.

Enjoy the creative and floral beauty at the Art Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens on your way to the water's edge.

Relax beneath Moreton Bay fig trees and drop in at the kiosk or bar if you need extra refreshment.

Pick this picnic spot to give guests from out of town the best free postcard views of Sydney.

Visit Discover Sydney for more info.

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Lane Cove picnic (image by NPWS)


Lane Cove National Park
In our north, Lane Cove National Park is in easy reach but once inside, you'll escape the city amongst forests of eucalypts, casuarina woodland and saltwater wetlands.

Sit back with an ice-cream or coffee aboard a hired rowboat on the river or sip wine at the barbecue.

Kids will love the slippery dips, forts and bridges in the playgrounds beside the Tunks Hill or Jenkins Hill picnic areas.

Visit the NSW National Parks website for more info.


Cremorne Point Reserve
On the north shore, the view of Sydney Harbour from Cremorne Point makes it an easy choice for a picnic.

Unpack your esky or BYO beverages and snacks at the picnic tables, burn calories on the walking trails at the water's edge, challenge your fittest friends at the gym stations or take a salty swim in the 1920s-inspired MacCullum Pool.

Find nature's beauty in Lex and Ruby Graham garden. This National Trust listing is blooming with local pride, as residents turned their thumbs green to beautify the former amusement park.

As the sun sets, watch for the glowing lamp from the heritage-listed lighthouse, erected in 1909, on Robinsons Point.

Visit the North Sydney Council website for more info.

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EG Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens picnic (image by Sutherland Shire Council)


EG Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens
For romantics and gardeners of all ages, these camellias in Caringbah within Sutherland Shire have been a go-to for picnickers and wedding parties since the 1970s.

In Yowie Bay, the park has a teahouse, playgrounds and barbecues.

Best enjoyed in autumn and winter, the highlights can be uncovered with self-guided walks before the gates close at 5pm.

Visit the Sutherland Shire Council website for more info.

Lady Robinsons Beach
White sands stretch along Sydney's south, from Brighton-Le-Sands to Sandringham. The long strip of coastline is dotted with dozens of picnic spots, either by the beach, or in parks beneath Norfolk pine trees.

Bike and walking tracks run the whole length of the beach, connecting travellers with barbecues, picnic tables and dozens of shops and cafes.

Children can marvel at their sandcastles before the tide washes in, ride high on swings and score the fun-factor of colourful playgrounds. There are bathing areas with safety nets along the eastern and southern-facing beaches

Toilets, showers and car parks are installed throughout the beach.

Visit the Rockdale / Bayside Council website for more info.


Have you found another fabulous picnic spot in Sydney? Please let us know, we love to discover new favourites.


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