Wendy Whitley's Secret Garden
Dudley Page Reserve
Wendy’s Secret Garden
A magical little oasis that instantly transports visitors to another world (despite its North Sydney address) is an enchanting gardens brimming with native plants and flowers that spill over every inch of the garden. With plenty of picturesque corners to explore you’ll struggle to choose where to settle in for your picnic.
Lavender Bay Parklands, North Sydney
Echo Point Park
If a touch of isolation 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
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. Encourage your date to bring along their togs so you can strip down and cool off in the park’s stunning MacCallum pool.
Milson Road, Cremorne
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
Sitting opposite The Spit Bridge, Clontarf Reserve is a popular spot by day, 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
Nestled deep within the Mosman enclave, Clifton Gardens is an excellent option for couples looking for somewhere that isn’t crawling with people. Impress your date with your culinary prowess by whipping together a picnic basket, followed up with a sunset drink at the Hamptons-chic East Coast Lounge. Don’t trust your culinary skills? East Coast Lounge will arrange the picnic basket for you.
Morella Road, Mosman
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
While a little trickier to get to, Shark Island is well worth the effort for its privacy and panoramic views of the harbour. 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
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
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