If you’re into whale watching, head to Crackneck Point lookout on the Central Coast. With easy parking and accessible picnic spots, it’s a great day-trip destination with spectacular views over The Entrance and Shelly Beach.
Perfect picnic spots for the family
Kick the ball around at Mitchell Park in Cattai National Park or make a day of it and catch the ferry over to The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. NSW national parks are bursting with great places for everyone to enjoy.
Not only a great way to have fun without all the distractions, picnics with the kids improve mental and physical health.
Pack a scrumptious feast for the family and head to one of these perfect picnic spots near Sydney.
Picnic spots within 2 hours of Sydney
A great place to picnic on the Central Coast, Somersby Falls offers barbecues and picnic tables in a lush rainforest complete with waterfalls and a walking track.
If you're looking for something to do in Sydney, Davidson Park is a pretty harbourside park with boating and canoeing access, just a short drive from the Sydney CBD.
This very accessible lookout offers scenic views across the Berowra Valley and the waters of Berowra Creek. It’s a great spot for a picnic lunch.
For a great family day out, try The Basin picnic area, offering swimming, walking and barbecue facilities on Pittwater, in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Moolarben picnic area, at Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve, is a great place to picnic, barbecue and relax. Enjoy light hiking? Castle Rocks walk is close by.
Bill Lyle Reserve is an ideal place to picnic at Hill End Historic Site. You’ll find free barbecues, picnic tables and a playground for the kids.
A great spot for a family picnic, Girrakool picnic area has barbecues, lots of green space to run around and a scenic walking track that features Aboriginal engravings.
The family-friendly Riverside Park, near Newcastle, is the perfect base for cycling, walking, fishing and birdwatching on Ash Island.
Ideal for a picnic or barbecue, Cattai picnic area is located close to historic sites on the Hawkesbury River banks. Visit for birdwatching and paddling.
Spend a leisurely afternoon at Mitchell Park picnic area in Cattai National Park. Enjoy a relaxing lunch, walk through native bushland and go fishing in Cattai Creek.
Take the family for a day out at Bents Basin Road picnic area. Go swimming, walking and fishing before cooking up a barbecue feast to enjoy at this scenic spot.