Top 10 Picnic Spots in Sydney

Mrs Macquaries Point

Mrs Macquaries Chair

Sydney is a city for those who enjoy the great outdoors, providing some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world in our opinion.  We think one of the best ways to really enjoy this city in all her glory is to pack a picnic basket filled with gourmet goodies, a picnic rug and a good bottle of vino and head to that perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon, soaking up those gorgeous Sydney views.

Check out our Top 10 Sydney picnic spots in no particular order:

  1. Mrs Macquaries Chair
    Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
    Sydney’s quintessential picnic spot with possibly THE most stunning view of Sydney harbour.  Plenty of trees to provide shade.  Count the number of weddings you see!  Though – be prepared for tourists.
  2. Wendy’s Secret Garden
    Clark Park, Lavender Street, Lavender Bay
    This lush and tranquil secret garden with harbour views, created by Wendy, wife of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, is a real gem.   Though, a word of warning – it is not easy to find – we did say ‘secret’!
  3. Nielsen Park
    Vaucluse Road & Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse
    Hidden away in toffy Vaucluse is Nielson Park.  Here you can soak up sparkling water views with your picnic and even take a dip at Shark Beach, should your heart desire.
  4. Centennial Park
    Centennial Parklands, Moore Park
    The People’s Park is the perfect picnic spot.  A huge oasis so close to the city, with picnic spots galore – simply choose your perfect setting.
  5. Hyde Park
    Elizabeth Street, Sydney
    Let’s not forget the city’s very own Hyde Park, in fact Australia’s oldest park.  The perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the corporate world for a cheeky mid-week picnic.
  6. Shelley Beach
    Bowler Street, Manly
    Take the ferry to Manly for a picnic at Shelley Beach.  Should you feel like a little exercise, there’s a bush track and the snorkeling is some of the best in Sydney.
  7. McKell Park
    Darling Point Road, Darling Point
    Boasting stunning harbour views, this is a killer picnic spot, set among manicured lawns and lavish Darling Point residences.  Also, conveniently located close to the ferry.
  8. Gordon’s Bay
    Major Street, Coogee
    Take the staircase down from the street and you’ll be met with a hidden aquatic reserve, with a Mediterranean fishing village vibe.  It makes for a great picnic spot.  Plus, there is always the Bondi – Coogee coastal walk, should you over indulge.
  9. Royal Botanical Gardens
    Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
    Leave the city behind and take a stroll through the stunningly tranquil Botanical Gardens, where you’re assured of the perfect picnic location.  Take you pick.
  10. Observatory Hill
    Watson’s Road, Sydney
    Postcard worthy views make this a stunning location for a picnic.  Plus, you can visit the Observatory whilst you’re there.  Also provides a glorious sunset view.

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