A long, lazy picnic lunch is one of the best ways to spend your Saturday, even when it’s chilly outside. Being lucky enough to call Australia home, where the winter is pretty much an English summer, picnicking doesn’t stop when the warm jumpers come out. Heading to one of these picturesque spots around New South Wales means you are able to get your much needed dose of vitamin D, and soak in the stunning scenery. Only a few hours drive from Sydney, you can pack a delicious lunch, gather some friends, and be back home in time for dinner. So, don’t let the cold weather deter you, wrap a cashmere throw around your shoulders and venture out to one of these stunning spots.
Keep scrolling to discover our eight favourite hidden gems.
APPLE TREE PICNIC AREA
Apple Tree picnic area is only an hour’s drive from Sydney, and has stretches of luscious grass that will make you feel miles away from the city. With many walking trails, waterways, and lookouts, this place is perfect for the adventurer in you.
ILLOURA PICNIC AREA
Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Lane Cove River and only 30 minutes from Sydney's CBD, Illoura picnic area is a great spot for a leisurely long lunch—think wine, cheese board, and sourdough. You can also re-enact the boat scene in Bridget Jones's Diary and hire an adorable red dinghy from the Lane Cove Boatshed to paddle along the river.
SOMERSBY FALLS PICNIC AREA
The perfect backdrop for a picnic with friends, Somersby Falls picnic area is home to cascading waterfalls and an amazing walking track that you can follow to take in the whole view of this lush rainforest. Secret spots don't get much better.
BRADLEYS HEAD AMPHITHEATRE
Views don’t get more iconic than Sydney Harbour so it’s no surprise that Bradleys Head Amphitheatre is one of the most popular picnic spots in Sydney. Taking in views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison the area is breathtaking, and one of the best spots to settle in for an outdoor lunch with friends. Can you say champagne?
If you’re looking for a more active picnic experience Fitzpatrick Park is for you. Its picnic area has plenty of flat, grassy areas, which are perfect for taking the whole family for a day of activity. Let the kids run wild while you sit back and relax.
KINGFISHER POOL PICNIC AREA
Still not convinced you should picnic in winter? The Kingfisher Pool picnic area will change everything. Take a small bushwalk and you’ll find a glorious pool of pristine water at the base of a waterfall. A sublime location to set up your picnic basket. And don't forget your camera.
DAVIDSON PARK PICNIC AREA
For the water lovers—Davidson Park picnic area is an inspiring oasis. Large and open grassy areas, free barbecues, and a stunning Middle Harbour Creek backdrop make this spot the perfect place to unwind with friends and good food.
Located at Vaucluse in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Nielsen Park is definitely one of the most picturesque places for a picnic. It offers large sheltered picnic areas so picnicking in the rain is even an option. Win, win!