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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.
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.
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.
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.