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Sydney picnic spots

With summer in sight, now's the time to head to one of Sydney's national parks for a picnic under the sun. From open grassy spaces to beachside locations, national parks in and around Sydney have plenty to offer for everyone. For Sydney Harbour views, pack a picnic and visit Shark or Clark Island. Just north of the city in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, you’ll find tranquil waterside picnic areas at Bobbin Head and The Basin. And if you're in the mood for a day trip with friends or family, Blue Mountains and Bouddi national parks are popular hotspots for a lazy picnic.

Family playing at Garie Beach in Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan
A couple enjoy a picnic on Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Shark Island

Positioned in Sydney Harbour, 1km from the mouth of Rose Bay, Shark Island is a picnic spot with a difference. Explore the island's foreshore, go swimming or relax in front of amazing Sydney Harbour views.

Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
No wheelchair access
Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Neilsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan