The weather is warming and you know what that means? Helloo…. picnics!
We Sydney-siders are spoilt for choice when it comes to picnic destinations, but we also need the right refreshments to make the perfect day out.
So, we’ve come up with our top tips to create the perfect picnic to enjoy the Sydney summer.
We think cider is perfectly suited to a picnic spread, but not all ciders are created equal. There are plenty of sub-standard ciders on the market and that’s not what we’re looking for. We have the perfect weather, the perfect scenery…we want the perfect cider.
Rochdale Cider hails from New Zealand. Their ciders are made using crushed apples (or pears), yeast and pure glacial water – nothing else. Plus, they’re brewed using old fashioned family recipes. We’re fans of their Classic Apple and Pear Ciders. Both are crisp and refreshing and we think they easily fit the bill for an Aussie picnic.
In terms of picnic food, you can’t go wrong with fresh fruit – think apples, pears, grapes and strawberries. Add in a crusty baguette and some cheese – cheddar and a mild Camembert (or even one of our favourites, D’affinois) should work well. For something a little more substantial, Quiche Lorraine is a good option.
Of course, you must finish with something sweet and we think individual apple or pear danishes or almond croissants will go down a treat.
Now that we have our picnic food and drinks sorted, it’s time to find the perfect location.
Here are our Top 5 Picnic spots to enjoy your picnic spread:
- Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Sydney’s quintessential city picnic spot with stunning views of Sydney harbour. Plenty of trees to provide shade.
- Centennial Parklands
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
- 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’!
- 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.
- Nielsen Park
Vaucluse Road & Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse
Hidden away in 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.
Planning is imperative for a successful picnic, so be sure to tick off our simple check-list of the most important picnic essentials:
- Picnic Rug – we like the rugs which fold up with a handy carry handle.
- Picnic Hamper – we recommend you opt for the basket style that also includes crockery, cutlery and glass wear.
- Cooler bag with ice-packs – great for keeping food and drinks cold during the day and easy to transport.
- Bottle opener – to open those cider bottles!
- Bread knife – easily overlooked, but cutting bread with a butter knife is no easy task!
- Cheese knife – we don’t want to be fighting over cutlery.
- Wooden boards – to display your food.
- Napkins – no-one likes sticky fingers!
- Wet ones – perfect for cleaning your plates and cutlery before taking them home.
- Bottles of water – we all know it’s important to stay hydrated.
- Plastic bags – for your rubbish (to be disposed of thoughtfully) and also handy to put your dirty dishes into.
- Hat – because no-one wants to end a picnic being sunburnt.
- Sunglasses – a summer staple.
So, now you’re prepped to plan your perfect picnic. Where will it be?
Image credits: Mary Boyagi from Socialime
Models: (female) Shannon Cremer from Urban Chic Guides & (male) Rafael Ruiz from Travel & Lifestyle
* This sponsored feature is brought to you in partnership with Rochdale Cider. All thoughts and words are the authors own.