With Spring now nearly upon us it is the perfect time to make the most of the warmer weather and treat yourself to a picnic in our beautiful city. Picnics are wonderful things. They bring people together and get us outside in the fresh air and away from devices and screens that tend to dominate our lives these days. They are also fairly simple to plan and execute. All you need is a quality picnic rug, a great location and some delicious food. To make it even easier though, we’ve compiled some tips below on how to make your next picnic a big success.
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First things first, location is key! When it comes to choosing a venue for your picnic, consider your crowd. Do you need lots of space and activities to keep energetic kids entertained? Or would you rather a secluded spot for a romantic picnic for two? Whatever your caper, we’ve put together a list of some of Sydney’s top picnic spots!
Fancy an amazing city view for your picnic? Few places can beat Bradfield Park for incredible harbour and city views. Nestled beneath the harbour bridge, the park has some fantastic shaded grassed areas with toilets nearby and even a fenced playground for the little ones.
Bradfield Park by @ellino0or
Cremorne Point Reserve
With lots of facilities on offer, Cremorne Point is an excellent destination for those seeking activities to pair with their picnic. There’s a great walking track, park fitness stations and of course the pool if you want to work up an appetite. If not, kick back in the shade and enjoy the incredible harbour views.
With its close proximity to the beach, some bushland and beautiful lawns, Clifton Gardens makes for a stunning location to throw out your picnic rug. It can get a little crowded around the facilities (which include a harbour pool, playground and skate park), but the harbour views more than make up for the crowds.
Clifton Gardens by @fayebee_
Situated near Shark Beach, Nielsen Park is a wonderful location for a picnic. Either bring your own picnic blanket or if you get there early enough, use one of the picnic tables provided. After your meal, enjoy a stroll along the many paths that wind through the bushland or along the harbour. For the more adventurous, a pre-picnic swim in the tranquil water can add to your fun.
Nielson Park by @chrisanthi_kal
If you prefer wide open spaces, the beautiful Centennial Park is perfect for those seeking romance or space for the kids. The great advantage here is the sheer size of the park. It’s simple to find a nice secluded spot and there are numerous activities (like bicycle hire or horse riding) on offer all around the park.
Once you know your preferred location, it makes planning a menu far easier. Many locations around Sydney have barbeque facilities that you can use to cook up a storm. If that sounds a little difficult, a picnic basket full of finger food and bite-sized treats is a great way to go. A quick wander around your local deli or supermarket will yield you some amazing cheeses, dips, cold cuts and crackers but don’t forget the fruit! Watermelon is particularly delicious this time of year.
A bit of planning in the packaging stage also goes a long way. If you have cold foods and drinks then a waterproof ice cooler is an absolute must. If you don’t have frozen ice packs in the fridge, just fill up a few water bottles with water and pop them in the freezer the night before. You’ll keep your cheese and meats fresh and also have cold water on demand!
There are a few things that can make or break a picnic so we feel inclined to mention them here. Things like bottle openers and sunscreen are easy to forget and can be difficult to find once you’re out and about. The following essential items will help to ensure your picnic turns out perfectly:
A quality picnic rug
Cutlery appropriate for your food
Glasses (plastic is an option here too)
Bottle opener and/or corkscrew
Cutting board and knife
Napkins or tea towel (great for also storing your knife)
Ice packs (to keep everything cool)
A plastic bag for your rubbish
Some cushions (if you want to be extra cosy!)
Sunscreen and insect repellent
A music source (a phone with a portable Bluetooth speaker works well)
Any sports gear (frisbees, footballs, cricket or croquet sets)
Small picnic table
Photo: Summer Picnic Tables
This post was written for Sydney Chic by Carl England who sometimes contributes as a guest writer for us.