A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post around some of my absolute favourite picnic spots in Sydney for the summer.
Since then, I've received so many interesting tips from readers and friends that I thought I'd update my initial post with another round-up of locals' favourite picnic spots - with an updated Google map (see end of this post).
One of the places I love taking friends and clients to is Wendy Whitely's 'secret garden' in Lavender Bay near Milsons Point - a gem known only to a handful of streetwise Sydneysiders. Created by Wendy Whiteley after the death of her husband, famous Sydney artist Brett, in 1992, the once derelict green space has been transformed into a spectacularly lush garden and prime picnic spot.
Fabulous views of the city and Harbour Bridge from Wendy Whiteley's garden, which you can either access by ferry (to Luna Park), water taxi (Lavender Bay wharf) or by train (a 5-10 mn walk from Milsons Point station)
Other tips I've received from friends and readers include:
- Mrs Macquarie's Chair - for its unbeatable views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House
- Redleaf Pool, just below the Woollahra Council building, in Double Bay
- Milk Beach in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, with its fantastic views of the city skyline and Harbour Bridge
- Clontarf Reserve near the Spit Bridge
- Reef Beach, on the beautiful Manly to Spit coastal walk
- Cremorne Point, especially at sunset (this is also one of my favourite spots to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks)
- McMahons Point, just near Lavender Bay
- Parsley Bay Reserve in Vaucluse, with its family-friendly enclosed swimming area, picnic tables and play equipment
- Bayview Marina and Reserve on the North Shore, with its fantastic views of Pittwater and the Pittwater Basin
- Bungan Beach on the Northern Beaches, between Mona Vale and Newport
- Rosherville Reserve in Mosman
- the grounds of the beautiful 1850s harbourside villa Strickland House in Vaucluse, with superb views across the harbour to the city, Bridge and Opera House. This hidden gem is practically unknown beyond a few in-the-know Sydneysiders.
So tell me guys, anything else I should add to the list?
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