I always loved picnics as a child. Picnics to me meant quality time with my parents, laughter, and lots of fun activities. Most of all, it allowed me to be close to nature and be care free.
When I first saw Sydney, it was love at first sight! Ever since my first visit back in 2006, I quickly fell in love with the perfect balance of city scape and beautiful outdoors this city has to offer. There is always so much to explore and so many places to go to. Even after living in this beautiful city for more 10 years, I feel like I have only just begun to scratch the surface.
Besides loving the amazing water views and vistas this city has to offer. I have also rekindled my love for picnics, and it has become one of my favourite past-times again.
I love driving around with my picnic basket and a good book. I quite often venture out of Sydney and discover new picnic spots. However, there are still days when I just want to relax and have a bit of a time out somewhere closer to home.
To me, the perfect picnic spot must have all of these qualities:
• Next to or close to water with a bit of a city view
• Parking or close to public transport
• Just the right amount of shade and sunlight
• Family friendly
So here are my top five Sydney picnic spots that I go to whenever I need a bit of TLC and a picnic date with myself.
Botanic Gardens – Plenty of Variety and World Class Views
I love the variety of views available at the Botanic Gardens. Being a “construction geek”, my favourite spot is right opposite the Aria restaurant over looking both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. How fortunate is it to have this world class view with two iconic landmarks right on our doorstep?? Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is another popular spot inside the Botanic Gardens, however, I do find it a bit too shady and too noisy at times with tourists.
Of course, if you fancy a garden view more than a water view, there are also plenty of good spots inside the Botanic Gardens for you to enjoy. You could even get to the Woolloomooloo end and enjoy a completely different kind of landscape.
Keltie Bay – Tranquillity Within a City Context
Another one of my favourite quiet spots that is super close to home. Until I had to tell a friend where to meet me for a picnic a few months ago, I used to think that this is still part of Rushcutters Bay. It turned out, this little bit of oasis opposite Elizabeth Bay is actually called Keltie Bay.
I generally prefer to go right down to the end of the Bay for my picnics. You not only get a much better view of the city, but it’s also very quiet! It’s a very sheltered area yet still plenty of sunlight, which is perfect for picnics! Struggle to find parking? Lately, I found that further up the hill on Yarranabbe Road, there are plenty of parking around. SHHHHHH don’t tell anyone though, it’s a secret!
Blues Point – The Famous Vantage Point during New Years Eve
This is probably one of the most popular spots in Sydney by far! Anyone who has visited Blues Point during New Year’s Eve will have seen the number of tents, people and groups that gather here for the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks each year.
It’s not as secluded as the other four of my favourite picnic spots, but a great place to bring anyone visiting Sydney for the first time. You get to see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Luna Park all in one sitting.
It is also a super romantic spot after sunset! In fact, it’s also one of my favourite spots for an early evening picnic! (Did I mention I am a hopeless romantic?). Just keep in mind though, this is a really popular dating spot in Sydney! So don’t expect much privacy here, and parking could also be difficult at times.
Cremorne Point Reserve – Experiencing the High Life
I discovered this hidden gem while visiting a client of mine in the area. Anyone who knows Sydney would know that Cremorne is one of the more expensive suburbs in Sydney. Cremorne Park in my opinion 100% reflects the demographics in the area, and is easily one of the poshest hidden gems. Just imagine well-groomed trees, well-trimmed grass, and a quiet oasis once again with Sydney’s million dollar harbour views.
Johnstones Bay, Pyrmont – Picnic at Family Friendly Location
This is a super family friendly area. Tucked away behind Pyrmont and Jones Bay Wharf, this is a great area for family gatherings and outings. This family friendly park has picnic tables and BBQ areas, not to mention the view! There are plenty of parking spots along the bay, and because it’s all the way at the back of the peninsula, you are completely away from the hustle and bustle around the casino.
Choosing Your Top Five Sydney Picnic Spots
Regardless of where you choose to have your picnic, at the end of the day, it’s the people and the experience that matters. A picnic really doesn’t need to be anything fancy. It could be as simple as a few sandwiches and a cheese platter.
But If you like the idea of simply turning up at your favourite picnic spot, and enjoying a luxurious high tea picnic to match the amazing view of the Sydney Harbour, then why not try something different next time?
Just imagine having a grazing platter of sandwiches, cheeses, fruits, beautiful daily meat, scones, cakes, tarts and desserts over a glass of wine, at your new favourite spot. Best of all, you will be treated like loyalty without even lifting a finger! All you have to do is pick a spot and turn up on the day, and before you know it, you will have yourself the best picnic party ever! It is so easy! Book your free high tea picnic consultation today!