Sydney's top 10 picnic spots

Who loves going on a delicious picnic once the weather turns warmer? We do too! After all, it is a fantastic opportunity to gather friends and family for a fun afternoon. Ready to go?

1. North Bondi Beach
Moving away from the tourist filled Bondi Beach main stretch, head north and you’ll find where the locals spend their time. There are a few picnic shelters and coin-operated BBQs, but get there early to save yourself a good spot!

Highlights: Relax at the beachside park whilst enjoying the beautiful ocean view. Plus, if you feel like going for a dip, it is only a short walk to the beach.
Facilities: Playgrounds, outdoor workout gym, running water, outdoor shower, lockers, change rooms, gelato stores, cafes, buses, coin-operated barbeques.

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Beautiful Bondi beach is always bustling during summer

2. Como Pleasure Grounds
Living up to their name, the Como Pleasure Grounds offer serenity and relaxation among its well-tended plant life and riverside views.

Highlights: Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Georges River.
Facilities: Playground, picnic tables, bike track, BBQ areas, parking, seasonal aquatic recreation facility, tidal baths, cafes and restaurants. 

3. Auburn Botanical Gardens
The Auburn Botanical Gardens are famous for their idyllic Japanese Gardens, complete with a waterfall, decorative bridges and bonsai. Numerous animals also wander freely around the Botanical Gardens including Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, Peacocks, and Magpie larks - just to name a few exotic birds!

Highlights: An annual Cherry Blossom festival is held between mid-August and early September in these traditionally landscaped Japanese Gardens. 
Facilities: Playgrounds, buses and free parking.

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 Enjoy the serenity at the stunning Botanical Gardens in Auburn

4. Wendy’s Secret Garden
After the death of her husband, artist Wendy Whiteley took it upon herself to clean up a patch of derelict land owned by NSW Rail. Over the past 15 years Wendy transformed the area into a beautiful garden, entirely open to anyone who knows where to find it. In 2009 Wendy was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her efforts in creating the garden.

Highlights: A peaceful haven to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with beautifully maintained gardens, outdoor sculptures and antiques plinths, it is deemed an oasis in North Sydney.
Nearby: Luna Park.

5. Cockatoo Island
A quick ferry ride from Circular Quay will get you to Cockatoo Island, a former naval site with stunning views of the harbour and plenty of industrial buildings to explore.

Highlights: The island is centred in the stunning Sydney Harbour with numerous shady picnic spots, BBQ areas and even an Island Bar.
Facilities: Cafes, BBQ areas, bars, ferries, vending machines and camping areas.

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Cockatoo Island is a popular camping site so your picnic can kick-off an overnight party!

6. Lady Robinson Beach
If you’re heading south of Sydney, Lady Robinson Beach offers the perfect spot for a walk along the beach and a picnic lunch. Put on your walking shoes as it’s one of Sydney’s longest beaches!

Highlights: This popular Sydney beach have perfect fishing locations - the most popular are at the rock groynes.
Facilities: Parking.

7. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair 
This Sydney staple is iconic for a reason. Here you’ll find the best views of the harbour which on a weekday you may get to yourself but on the weekends it’s first in best dressed.

Highlights: Great for picture perfect moments with amazing panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and naval docks.
Nearby: Situated alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens and Art Gallery and a 15 minute walk to the Opera House.

8. Bradfield Park 
If you can deal with the constant stream of wedding photos being taken, Bradfield Park offers some of the best views of the Bridge and Opera house. 

Highlights: Impressive grandstand views of the harbour and the city are located beneath the northern pylons of the harbour bridge. 
Facilities: Picnic tables, playground and water fountains.

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Bring along your camera to capture amazing views at Bradfield Park

9. Strickland House
This heritage listed villa, dating back to the 1850’s, is one of Sydney’s true hidden gems. Around the coast from Rose Bay, its grounds have largely unaltered and stunningly picturesque landscape settings.

Highlights: Featuring spectacular harbour views, city skylines and peaceful atmosphere, Strickland House is a perfect picnic spot.
Nearby: Trails leading to Milk beach and Nielsen Park.

10. Clifton Garden’s, Mosman
Located on the lower north shore and adjoining Sydney Harbour National Park, Clifton Garden’s offers a large open picnic area right by the beach. Enjoy a great view of Watsons Bay located on the opposite shore.

Highlights: You can take the walking trail to Bradley Heads from Cliftons Gardens to further explore the magnificent harbour views.
Facilities: Seating, baths, BBQ areas, cafes, buses, basketball court, playground, showers, change rooms, paid parking. 

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