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Alfresco Eats: Sydney’s Must-Visit Picnic Spots

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Balmoral Rotunda and Reserve, Balmoral

Whether you’re looking to score some brownie points or you just love a first-rate alfresco spread, Sydney has no shortage of locations to roll out the picnic rug. Grab the girls or pamper your partner – here are the prettiest (and most romantic) spots in Sydney, for a lunch date with a difference.  

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Wendy’s Secret Garden

One step inside this magical little haven, and you'll be instantly transported into another world (despite its North Sydney address). This enchanting garden comes brimming with native plants and flowers that spill over every inch of greenery. With plenty of picturesque corners to explore you’ll struggle to choose where to settle in for lunch.

Lavender Bay Parklands, North Sydney

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Echo Point Park

If absolute seclusion is high on the agenda for your next outing, Echo Point Park in Roseville is just the place. Located on the waters of Middle Harbour, you can secure a tranquil place to set up a picnic among the tiered garden landscaping or picnic tables. Watch boats languidly make their way in and out of Echo Point Marina as you cook up a meal on one of the park’s BBQ’s.

Babbage Road, Roseville Chase

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Balmoral Beach

The grassy area along the promenade and the sandy shoreline are prime picnic spots during the warmer months. A popular harbour beach, idyllic fishing spots on Rocky Point and large fig trees that provide ample shade for wedding celebrations and family reunions, are only some of the reasons this is one of Sydney’s most loved harbourside destinations. And the views are spectacular – they're calming and extend out to Hunters Bay and North Head.

The Esplanade, Mosman

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Cremorne Point

From the small lighthouse at Robertson’s Point to beyond Maccallum Seawater Pool, this Harbourside oasis offers unparalleled views across the water to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, and with its own ferry wharf getting to and from the park is always a breeze. The ferry ride across sets the scene for a day by the water. It’s a local’s haunt by day, but as the sun goes down, it’s the perfect spot for an alfresco feast for two. On a balmy day, the Maccallum Pool is the perfect place to cool off.

Milson Road, Cremorne

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Wattamolla Picnic Area

A dreamlike location hidden within the spectacular scenery of the Royal National Park, you’ll find a tranquil lagoon among native bushland. Set up your picnic under a cabbage tree palm before cooling off with a swim in the lagoon or beach. Be sure to check out the viewing platform close to Wattamolla Falls which overlooks the lagoon and out to sea.

Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park

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Ballast Point Park

An old oil refinery converted into a picturesque park, Ballast Point celebrates its heritage through design, art and poetry. The views of Sydney Harbour (including Goat Island, Barangaroo and Balls Head Reserve) make a beautiful backdrop for a lunch date à deux. There is a network of paths catering to cyclists and walkers with lookout areas that offer incredible views across Sydney Harbour. Yet to be discovered by the rest of Sydney, this is one place where a quiet picnic is still possible.

Ballast Point Road, Birchgrove


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Clontarf Reserve

Sitting opposite The Spit Bridge, Clontarf Reserve is a popular spot by day – this is where Sydneysiders come to swim in the waters of Middle Harbour and laze beneath leafy treetops – but it’s when the sun starts to set (and the families have left) is when the romance factor kicks in. Clontarf Reserve has its own harbour beach, BBQ’s and sprawling fig trees. Come before the sun dips and you can grab a bite or ice cream at the little kiosk.

Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf

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Dudley Page Reserve

With good looks and panoramic views in spades, this Eastern Suburbs park is just the place to roll out the picnic rug and munch on a delicious antipasto board. As one of the Eastern Suburb’s most popular spots to watch he NYE fireworks, you’ll find that from every corner of the reserve there is a picture-perfect vista of the city skyline.

Military Road, & Lancaster Road, Dover Heights

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Clifton Gardens

The calm waters of Chowder Bay, a large playground and open parkland make this a popular picnic spot. Nestled deep within the Mosman enclave, the views are spectacular out across Vaucluse and the Eastern Suburbs. Whether you’re here for the water, a barbeque by the harbour or a meandering bushwalk through adjoining Chowder Head and Sydney Harbour National Park – when the sun is out, this is the spot to be for the day. 

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East Coast Lounge

Looking to dial up the romance? Pack up an extravagant picnic basket (we're talking Champagne + charcuterie girls) followed up with sunset drinks at the Hamptons-chic East Coast Lounge. Don’t trust your culinary skills? East Coast Lounge will arrange the picnic basket for you. Winning. 

Clifton Gardens, Morella Road, Mosman

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Biddigal Reserve

Known to locals as the grassy knoll, this beachside reserve sits on a hill and overlooks the iconic Bondi Beach. Boasting plenty of green space, barbeque facilities, a playground and sculptures, an a Messina ice cream van, which is a favourite during the warmer months. The reserve has direct access to Bondi Beach and the ocean wading pool. Wander down along the rocky path to the eastern point of North Bondi rocks and enjoy the incredible views down the coastline.


Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

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Clarkes Point

Taking prime position in one of Sydney’s more affluent suburbs, this Woolwich location holds an east facing aspect with uninterrupted view of the Harbour Bridge and beyond. The sprawling parkland boasts plenty of out-of-the-way spots for you to set up your picnic rug. If you become short on drinks, Woolwich Pier Hotel is just up the road.

Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich Road, Woolwich

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Shark Island

This secluded spot is a little trickier to get to, but believe us it's well worth the effort. The privacy and panoramic views of Sydney Harbour alone make this a prime picnic hangout. By virtue of its nature (as an island) you’re unlikely to be battling with crowds for prime position, and while the island has bathroom and picnic tables, be sure to pack carefully as you’ll have to head back to shore if you’ve forgotten the sandwiches.

Shark Island, Sydney Harbour

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McKell Park

Hidden just beneath the sumptuous properties of Darling Point, this waterside hideaway’s terraced slopes are made for long afternoons spent lounging on the grass and making your way through a cheeseboard. The Darling Point ferry wharf is just around the corner making transport a complete breeze. If you’re wanting to cool off, be sure to go for a wade in the shallow harbour waters. 

Darling Point Road, Darling Point

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Nielsen Park

Sitting within Sydney Harbour National Park, Nielsen Park boasts impressive views over Port Jackson and Mosman. The parkland is home to large fig trees which provide shade in abundance and the adjoining Shark Beach has calm waters to cool off in. An enclosed harbourside swimming area, a kiosk and walking tracks that hug the foreshore make Nielson Park a picnic hot spot. 


Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse

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Balls Head Reserve

Quietly tucked away on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Balls Head Reserve is an urban bushland that hugs the harbour. The views extend across the west side of the harbour, taking in the Harbour Bridge, Barangaroo and Balmain. There are also a string of walking trails to explore and the picnic facilities (including barbeques and sheltered picnic tables) makes this a popular spot.

Balls Head Drive, Waverton

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Blues Point Park

Popular with locals and visitors alike, this picnic hangout is all about the jaw-dropping views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Harbour. Don’t be surprised to stumble across the occasional wedding, camera-wielding tourist or family gathering. Come New Year’s Eve, Blue’s Point Park is one of the top spots to watch the spectacular firework show.


Blues Point Road, McMahons Point

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Pirrama Park

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the inner city, Pirrama Park is a tranquil harbourside oasis scattered with leafy trees, plentiful green space and an array of alfresco essentials – think picnic and barbecue areas, playgrounds and a floating pontoon for boats. As for the view: Johnstons Bay across to Balmain in one direction and Barangaroo and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the other.


Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

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