Summertime picnic spots in New South Wales

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.


NSW Acting Premier and Minister for Tourism Troy Grant is this month revealing what’s on offer across the state this summer with Destination NSW’s Top Ten activities for families to enjoy.

“Last week we showcased the some of the best adventures across NSW and this week it’s time to pack a hamper and head for one of the Top Ten picnic spots.”

  • Panorama picnics – Situated in the beautiful Sydney Harbour National Park peninsula on the lower north shore with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bradley’s Head Amphitheatre is picturesque.
  • Central Coast escapades – 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.
  • Explore 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, Apple Tree picnic area is a perfect place to settle in with friends this summer.
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  • Family adventures on the North Coast – Pack a picnic and gather the kids together for a fabulous day by the beach at Angourie Bay picnic area on the North Coast. Located adjacent to Angourie Headland, this lovely park-like setting is ideal for a get-together.
  • Georges River National Park and Mirambeena Regional Park – Bankstown boats 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.
  • Discover Narrawallee Beach on the South Coast – 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.



  • Beachside picnics – 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.
  • Hawkesbury River camping with the family – 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.
  • South Sydney/Illawarra adventures – 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.
  • Palmy day trip – 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 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.
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Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme