10 beautiful picnic spots near Sydney

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The sun is shining, you’ve got your hamper, packed a blanket and bought some bubbles, but where should you head? Here are 10 Sydney picnic locations, all accessible by public transport.

1. North Bondi Beach

If your perfect Sydney picnic involves gorgeous views and a post lunch dip, then Bondi is the place for you. With two pools and the ocean you’d be hard pressed to find a better location.

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If you don’t like sand between your toes, the grassy knoll offers the perfect spot to throw down your blanket, watch the surf and avoid the gritty sandy feeling of the beach.

  • Where: North Bondi
  • Getting there: Take bus routes 333, 380 or 381 from the city or Bondi Junction.
  • Travel time: 39 minutes from Central, 16 minutes from Bondi Junction

2. Nielsen Park

Adjoining Shark Beach, Nielsen Park is one of the most beautiful heritage parks in Sydney. It is the perfect combination of bushland, rock pools, picnic tables and stunning ocean views, a spot  well loved by Sydneysiders.

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Due to its popularity, the park can get particularly busy over weekends and school holidays so our tip is to venture away to a spot on the rocks. Head down in the evening after work for some beautiful summer twilight views.

  • Where: Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse
  • Getting there: Take the T4 train (Platform 24) from Central to Edgecliff Station; walk 270 metres to Edgecliff Station Bus Stop (Stand D); take bus route 325 to Vaucluse Rd near Strickland House.
  • Travel time: around 50 minutes

3. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is possibly one of the most iconic Sydney picnic spots, providing one of the best vantage points in Sydney to watch any action taking place on the harbour. Part of the Royal Botanic Garden, this location combines a floral garden atmosphere with panoramic views from the Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and across to Kirribilli House.

  • Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Rd
  • Getting there: Take the train from Central Station to Town Hall; walk 90 metres to Park St bus stop (Stand H); take bus route 441 two stops to Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Mrs Macquaries Rd; walk 450 metres
  • Travel time: 28 minutes

4. Cremorne Point Reserve

This dog friendly location not only boasts stunning city and harbour views, but is packed with things to see and do.

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From the MacCallum Saltwater Pool which has free entry, to walking tracks and playgrounds, this reserve is the perfect mix of harbourside bushland and exotic garden.

  • Where: Milson Rd, Cremorne Point
  • Getting there: Take T2 train from Central to Circular Quay; take F6 Ferry from Wharf 2 to Cremorne Point Wharf
  • Travel time: 28 minutes

5. Cockatoo Island

Only a short ferry ride from the city, Cockatoo Island is only accessible by boat and a World-Heritage listed Sydney picnic location.

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So pack a picnic, jump on a Sydney Ferry and escape the city for a day.

  • Where: Cockatoo Island
  • Getting there: Take T1 train from Central to Wynyard Station; walk 600 metres to Darling Harbour Wharf 3; take F3 Ferry to Cockatoo Island
  • Travel time: 32 minutes

6. Centennial Park

Not too far from the city, Centennial Park is one of the best open spaces Sydney has to offer. From pretty green fields and manicured gardens to stretches of water and roaming animals, this location is perfect for picnicking all year round.

If you’d like to work up an appetite , why not hire a bike from Centennial Park Cycles or take a horse riding lesson?

  • Where: Grand Dr, Centennial Park
  • Getting there: Take bus route 339, 372, 374 or 376 from Central Station, Eddy Ave (Stand B) to Alison Rd Opp Doncaster Av.
  • Travel time: 22 minutes

7. Barangaroo Reserve

This location is the latest newcomer to the Sydney picnic must-see list. You’ve got the Harbour Bridge to your right, Balmain, Pyrmont and Darling Harbour to your left and glittering harbour views all around.

You can BYO blanket and drinks (alcohol is allowed in the reserve), and if you want to leave the food to the professionals you can purchase all your picnic needs from the food outlets in Barangaroo.

  • Where: Hickson Rd, Barangaroo
  • Getting there: Take T2, T2 or T3 trains from Central to Wynyard Station; walk 900 metres to Hickson Rd.
  • Travel time: 19 minutes

8. Blackwattle Bay Park

This is the perfect Sunday fun if you live in the Inner West. Located on the Glebe foreshore, Blackwattle Bay Park is a hidden gem close to the city centre and much loved by locals.

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For the dog lovers out there, this park is for you. The park is dog friendly which means your furry friends can join your picnic and have some off leash play time too.

  • Where: 53 Leichhardt St, Glebe
  • Getting there: Take bus route 431 from Pitt St bus stop (opp Barlow St) to Glebe Point Rd (Before Pendrill St).
  • Travel time: 22 minutes

9. Bradfield Park

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Sydney but not everyone takes a look at it from this angle. Why not grab a picnic spot on the expanse of grass under the bridge and look up?

  • Where: Alfred Street Train Station, Milsons Point
  • Getting there: Take a T1 train from Central to Milsons Point.
  • Travel time: 17 minutes

10. Bradleys Head

How many different ways can we say panoramic views? All-encompassing, comprehensive, far-reaching views …  this place has them.

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A relaxing picnic with friends is the perfect way to spend a summer’s day and Bradleys Head is one of the most picturesque locations to do it from.

After lunch you can wander out to the old stone jetty for some fishing, or head off on one of the many bushwalks.

  • Where: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
  • Getting there: Take aT2 train from Central to Circular Quay, then take the F4 Ferry from Wharf 4 to Taronga Zoo Wharf and walk 1.4 kilometres
  • Travel time: 54 minutes

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