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Lake Eckersley picnic area

Heathcote National Park

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For a great day out just an hour south of Sydney, head to Lake Eckersley picnic area. Located near Waterfall in Heathcote National Park, this remote spot is a scenic place to swim and bushwalk.

Picnic areas
No wheelchair access
What to
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, hat, sunscreen, topographic map
Please note

This is a remote area, please make sure you arrive well prepared.

If you love the idea of a bush picnic, you’ll enjoy a day trip to Lake Eckersley picnic area in Heathcote National Park. Although it’s only an hour’s drive from Sydney, you’ll feel worlds away surrounded by native vegetation at this secluded lakeside spot.

Picnic by the water’s edge as you take in the sight of the lake before cooling off with a freshwater dip. If you love to bushwalk, there are a multitude of tracks to choose from, including nearby Bullawarring walking track and Pipeline trail.

Heathcote National Park is a vehicle-free area so you can only access the picnic area by foot. Reaching the site involves quite a long walk, so be sure to take a Heathcote National Park map and plenty of water with you.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Bullawarring walking track, Heathcote National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

    Bullawarring walking track

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