Visit Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and enjoy a barbecue or a spot of fishing. Go canoeing or hire a paddle boat for a great daytrip from Sydney.
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Be wowed by Carrington Falls from one of three lookouts with great views. You’ll find picnic and barbecue facilities close by along with some short walking tracks.
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.
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.
The coastal Wattamolla picnic area at Royal National Park is a popular family spot for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and bushwalking.
Wentworth Falls picnic area is a scenic spot for lunch before exploring the many lookout views and walking tracks in this popular part of Blue Mountains National Park.
Commemoration Flat picnic area is in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Kurnell Visitor Centre. This beautiful grassy spot is perfect for seaside family gatherings.
Boating enthusiasts love Akuna Bay. Use the public barbecue and enjoy a picnic at Akuna Bay Marina. It's the ideal spot to recharge after you've been out sailing.
With views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, historic Clark Island is a picnic spot like no other, near Double Bay in the eastern suburbs.
A perfect day out, Garie Beach is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic and is great for swimming, whale watching, fishing, surfing and walking options.
Basin Aboriginal art site in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers picnicking and walking. The fascinating rock engravings at the site are part of the significant Aboriginal cultural heritage in this area.
Birdwatching and wildlife facilities
Bunnor bird hide, in Gwydir State Conservation Area, is a must for birdwatchers. Located near Moree and Narrabri, see rare birdlife flock to Waterbird lagoon when it fills with water.
Stuck for things to do with kids? Enjoy scenic views and a picnic while birdwatching at Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve at Guyra, near Armidale in NSW’s northern tablelands.
See an array of birdlife at Seaham Swamp Bird Hide. A top Seaham attraction and picnic spot, this birdwatching haven is open all year round.
d’Albora Marinas at Akuna Bay in the Cowan/Hawkesbury River system, offers wet berths, boat hire, hardstand, public boat ramp, function centre, fishing and picturesque barbecue spots.
Empire Marina Bobbin Head, just north of Sydney, offers marina berths and moorings, small boat hire, fishing and on-site dining options catering to every visitor in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Cafes and kiosks
Located in the picturesque grounds of Sydney Harbour National Park in Vaucluse, The Nielsen incorporates several dining spaces catering to a range of experiences.
The Pass Cafe offers a delicious range of breakfast and lunch options right beside one of Byron Bay’s best surf beaches, with picnic tables for eating outside.
Trial Bay Kiosk Restaurant is fully licensed, offering fine dining, fresh fish and local produce with scenic views over historic Trial Bay in Arakoon National Park.
Canopy Cafe in Dorrigo National Park is a great place to eat near Coffs Harbour, offering fresh contemporary cuisine in a stunning forest setting, with all day breakfast and lunch, and great coffee.
Warrell Creek offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and fishing, with nearby places to picnic and secluded camping sites
Edward River canoe and kayak trail in Murray Valley National Park is a great paddling spot with camping, picnic, and swimming opportunities. It's also equipped with a wheelchair-accessible kayak launch.
These 4 canoe trails in Murray Valley National Park and Victoria’s Barmah National Park offer something for every paddler. Canoe the flowing Murray River, secluded creeks or Barmah Lake.
It’s an easy walk to Nelson Lagoon in Mimosa Rocks National Park on the far south coast. The lagoon is perfect for a spot of paddling, birdwatching and fishing.
Woolgoolga Lake is a great place for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and birdwatching. Make a day of it - pack a picnic or barbecue to enjoy at this scenic spot.
Choose your own adventure on Muurlay Baamgala cycle trails in Bongil Bongil National Park near Coffs Harbour. There are over 80km of relatively flat trails to explore in a beautiful forest setting – great for kids and all levels of riders.
Warrumbungle Environmental Education Centre is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Located right in the heart of Warrumbungle National Park, Warrumbungle Environmental Education Centre offers a range of education-based activities for school groups and teachers.
Tabourie Lake is a beautiful coastal lake ideal for fishing, paddling, windsurfing, swimming, walking and birdwatching.
Head south from Arrawarra to discover beautiful Mullaway Headland and Beach, near Coffs Harbour. Make the most of its picnic area and barbecues, go fishing or swimming.
Point Stephens Lighthouse on Fingal Island is one of a kind. Kayak or take a boat to the island to explore the lighthouse and historic ruins.
Trial Bay Gaol is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone on weekdays or email for information. For a glimpse into Australian history, head to South West Rocks to explore the historic ruins of Trial Bay Gaol. Make sure you see the view from the sentry’s lookout.
Step in to the past and explore the history of Yanga National Park’s pastoral and Aboriginal heritage. Bring a picnic to enjoy while looking out to the lake.
Historic Bullocks Hut sits idyllically on the Thredbo River, making it a scenic venue for weddings, picnics, fishing or photos in Kosciuszko National Park, near Jindabyne.
Visit the beautiful historic Kinchega Woolshed for a glimpse into Australian pastoral history and imagine the heyday of this place, where six million sheep were sheared.
Step back in time at the historic site of the explosion of the PS Providence on the banks of the Darling River in Kinchega National Park.
Scheyville Camp Precinct preserves the area’s heritage. Visitors can take an easy walk around restored buildings, learning about the past through interpretive signs.
An easy scenic walk to a perfect picnic spot against a backdrop of historic agricultural relics. Binoculars are also a must for the enthusiastic birdwatcher.
Hat Head National Park on the mid-north coast of NSW near South West Rocks is a natural paradise. Explore the lighthouse, camp by the beach and go fishing and swimming.
The Sphinx Memorial at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park was carved out of sandstone by a returned soldier. Explore Australian military history on the Sphinx walking track.
Bradleys Head Amphitheatre is an exceptionally popular place within Sydney Harbour National Park. A fabulous lookout, it's also a great picnic area and fishing spot.
A great stop-off between the coast and Armidale along Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls offers spectacular waterfall views, scenic lookouts and a picnic area.
Enjoy scenic waterfall views at Maddens Falls lookout near Helensburgh, a great reward after a long bushwalk and the perfect place for birdwatching and photography.
Minyon Falls lookout offers stunning views of the waterfall and rainforest. With easy parking, picnic spots and barbecue facilities, it's a great day trip location for people visiting Byron Bay.
Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for closures at this location. Take a day trip to famous Echo Point lookout in Katoomba for stunning views of the Jamison Valley and the iconic Three Sisters, in the Blue Mountains.
Take in the iconic Blue Mountains views from Govetts Leap lookout, including sandstone escarpments, sheer cliff walls, the deep canyons of the Grose Valley, and tall waterfalls.
Yanga Lake viewing deck offers spectacular birdwatching and scenic wetland views in Yanga National Park, near Balranald.
There's no shortage of lookouts at South Head. The Gap offers some of Sydney's finest views and good opportunities for whale watching. South Head is also great for a swim, try Camp Cove or Lady Bay Beach.
Offering an overview of the surrounding region with unimpeded 360-degree views, Mount Kaputar Summit lookout is an easily-accessible stop with picnic tables.
North Head, Manly, offers scenic views, scuba diving, drift dives, walking and picnicking only a ferry ride from Circular Quay.
A short and easy walking track descends steeply to the secluded beach at Moon Bay in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy a picnic on the sand and explore the historic heritage of the area.
Positioned near Look-at-me-now Headland, 20km from Coffs Harbour, Emerald Beach is a local surfing hotspot. Visit also for fishing or swimming, or for barbecues in the picnic area.
Only 500m along Middle Brook from Washpools picnic area and viewing platform is the shallow, naturally formed Washpools waterhole — great for a dip on a hot day.
Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool, fed by a natural spring, is a magical swimming spot that’s easily combined with a picnic and walk in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.
Visit beautiful Congwong Beach, in La Perouse, perfect for swimming, picnics, snorkelling and fishing. Only 15km from central Sydney, this family friendly beach is also close to cafes and walks.
Just north of Middle Head in Sydney Harbour National Park, Cobblers Beach offers scenic water views, paddling, snorkelling and nude bathing.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a swim at Collins Flat Beach. Just a few minutes from Manly, this secluded nook is a great spot to splash about on a hot summer day in Sydney.
Lady Bay Beach offers a perfect weekend getaway with scenic harbour views, swimming, picnicking, and nude bathing near South Head in Sydney Harbour National Park.
A picturesque beach at Dobroyd Head near Manly, with scenic harbour views, Reef Beach brims with Aboriginal and historic significance in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Richmond Beach is one of Murramarang’s hidden treasures. Just 50m from the carpark on an easy walking track you can enjoy picnicking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing and paddling.
Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information. The award-winning Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre offers information on the region’s local Aboriginal culture, wildlife and birdwatching, in the Southern Highlands.
Royal National Park Visitor Centre is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information. Make a beeline for Royal National Park Visitor Centre on your trip to Sydney's Royal National Park. It offers excellent tourist information as well as walking track maps.
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone on weekdays or email for information. Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is the best place for Dorrigo National Park visitor information and school excursion visits. Book a guided tour, take the Skywalk for stunning views out to Coffs Harbour or relax in the Canopy Cafe.
Kalkari Discovery Centre will be closed until further notice. Walk the Kalkari Discovery Centre’s easy Discovery trail to learn more about Ku-ring-gai’s native species, Aboriginal history and network of bushwalks.
Mutawintji Visitor Centre is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. The visitor centre is on your left as you enter the Mutawintji Park. It is unstaffed, but provides a general introduction to the park for visitors. It is also a good place to stop and get your bearings and use the facilities.
Before you head to Paroo-Darling National Park, why not stop and spend a little while at the visitor centre. Pick up a map, read useful information about the park, and relax at the sheltered picnic areas before you start your journey.
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information. Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is your one stop destination for information on cave tours and tickets, and top tips on where to stay and what to do in the Yarrangobilly and northern areas of Kosciuszko National Park.
Take the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk for beautiful views of Sydney Harbour. This easy walk takes you from Taronga Zoo to the beach and cafes at Chowder Bay.
The short, easy Warrego Floodplain walking track offers lookout views of the vast floodplain, birdwatching and seasonal wildflowers, in Toorale National Park, south of Bourke.
Pallaibo walking track in Kosciuszko National Park is a popular bushwalk for enjoying fishing, picnicking by the river, birdwatching, or wildlife photography.
Sawpit walking track is short and easy scenic walk the kids will love. Look out for kangaroos as you follow this loop from Sawpit Creek picnic area, in Kosciuszko National Park.
Discover Aboriginal cultural heritage along Giriwa walking track, in Meroo National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Burrill Lake, near Ulladulla, then stop for a picnic, swim or kayak.
Limestone Caves walking track is a short, easy walk in Kwiambal National Park, near Ashford. It’s popular with families keen to explore the caves, spot the local bats, and enjoy a picnic or natural swim spot.
Minerva Pool walking track winds through the traditional country of the Aboriginal Dharawal People. Enjoy a short bushwalk and then picnic at Minerva Pool, in Dharawal National Park, near Campbelltown.
The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.
For some of the best scenic views in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, try the steep Mount Banks Summit walk from the picnic area, near Mount Wilson.
Mura and Yena tracks form a short loop walk from Kurnell Visitor Centre to clifftop Yena picnic area, in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Enjoy dramatic coastal views, spot whales, birdlife and wildflowers.