Top 10 Summertime Picnic Spots in NSW

12 February 2015

A relaxing picnic with friends and loved ones is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful summer’s day and New South Wales has some of the most picturesque locations to choose from.

Pack a hamper and head to one of these top 10 picnic spots across the State!

Bradley’s Head Amphitheatre

Situated in the beautiful Sydney Harbour National Park peninsula on the lower north shore, the picturesque Bradley’s Head Amphitheatre offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Bradley's Head Amphitheatre.

Bradley’s Head Amphitheatre.

Bateau Bay Beach

The Bateau Bay Beach picnic area on the Central Coast is the ideal spot for a picnic or just a pit stop. This picnic spot is sheltered from the elements and close to the beach for an after lunch dip or exploring the rock pools.

Bateau Bay Beach

Bateau Bay Beach

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

As one of the gateways to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park’s many walking trails, waterways and lookouts, the Apple Tree picnic area is a perfect place to settle in with friends this summer.

West Head, Ku-ring-gai National Park

West Head, Ku-ring-gai National Park. Image credit: Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW.

Angourie Bay

Pack a picnic and gather the kids together for a fabulous day by the beach at the Angourie Bay picnic area on the North Coast. Located adjacent to Angourie Headland, this lovely park-like setting is ideal for a get-together.

Angourie Bay picnic area

Angourie Beach. Image credit: Grenville Turner; Destination NSW.

Georges River National Park and Mirambeena Regional Park

Bankstown boasts 350 parks and sporting reserves where you can enjoy a picnic and explore a range of fun-filled activities including boating or water-skiing on the Georges River, or a stroll along the river foreshore.

Fitzpatrick Park picnic area, Georges River National Park.

Fitzpatrick Park picnic area, Georges River National Park.

Narrawallee Beach

Located next to the Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, Narrawallee Beach on the South Coast offers two beaches to enjoy, with picnic areas as well as a variety of lookouts which show the coastline in all its glory.

Narrawallee National Park.

Narrawallee National Park. Image credit : Michael van Ewijk

UCruise Sydney

This summer, UCruise Sydney is offering private boat charters for groups of up to 12 in open boats designed to be able to cruise right up to Sydney’s most delightful secluded beaches.

UCruise Sydney.

UCruise Sydney.

Cattai National Park

Cattai Campground in Cattai National Park on the Hawkesbury River is the perfect place for a family picnic and a weekend getaway, with plenty of space for kids to run around or ride their bikes.

Cattai Campground, Cattai National Park.

Cattai Campground, Cattai National Park.

Royal National Park

Enjoy a picnic in the world’s second oldest national park, the Royal National Park. This is the place to kick back and settle into the Bonnie Vale picnic area that makes for a great day of water-based fun for all the family. There’s easy swimming in the tranquil waters of Cabbage Tree Basin, and on weekends you can hire a canoe and paddle the waterways of Port Hacking, near Bundeena. There is also great fishing at nearby Jibbon Beach and barbeques so you can cook up the catch of the day and enjoy your meal in the great outdoors.

Bonnie Vale picnic area.

Bonnie Vale picnic area.

Palm Beach

Take a day trip to the Northern Beaches and indulge in a basket of tasty delights at Palm Beach, the city’s northernmost suburb. You might like to head to Governor Philip Park on Beach Road at North Palm Beach, a relatively quiet beach with good swimming and body surfing conditions, as well as an ideal barbeque spot for a hot summer’s day with friends and family.

Palm Beach.

Palm Beach. Image credit: Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW.

  • John Smith

    This guide is complete crap. Half of these places aren’t even nice. Perhaps something on the Murray river? What about the beautiful South Coast NSW with places like Jervis Bay, Callala Bay (the only place in the world you can stand on rocks and fish for Marlin NOT requiring a boat).