Sydney’s Most Secret Summer Picnic Spots

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

Nothing beats a long, relaxing picnic in a picturesque location with wonderful views while the sun shines. But you know what’s better? A picnic in a secret location you’ve never discovered before. To give you that pleasure these holidays, we’ve scoured the city for the top secret green spots in town for you to relish and relax in. Sydneysiders looking for an escape from the overcrowded beaches this summer, read on.

Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden

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Tucked away in Lavender Bay, a harbourside suburb on the lower North Shore, Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden, is as enchanting as it sounds. The flourishing gardens scattered with sculptures and picnic benches boasts the most stunning view of the Harbour Bridge. This spot is hard to beat.

Illoura Reserve

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Illoura Reserve is Balmain East’s best kept secret. Facing the CBD, Harbour Bridge and Barangaroo from the city’s west, this is arguably home to one of the best views in town. This hidden location a true gem.

Clifton Gardens

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Located in Mosman, Clifton Gardens is the idyllic picnic destination for families. The beautiful park, which backs onto a stunning beach—think white sand and crystal clear water—is equipped with a netted harbour pool, a children's playground, and basketball courts. Make a day of it.

Dudley Page Reserve

If you enjoy expansive views, then this is the spot for you. Dudley Page Reserve is a vast area in the east’s Dover Heights and boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding region, and an impressive outlook on the city’s skyline and harbour. And if you don’t have plans for New Year's Eve—look no further, it's the perfect spot.

Blackwattle Bay Park

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This waterside park is ocated to the south-east of Glebe Island and east of Rozelle Bay on Sydney Harbour. Blackwattle Bay Park offers one of the best views of the ANZAC Bridge and is the ideal place for a tranquil picnic.

Darook Park

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This little piece of paradise is a locals favourite. Hidden away on the south-west point of Cronulla, Darook Park has everything you want in a picnic location—lush green lawns, shady nooks, and calm waters for swimming—it's heaven. This is the place to picnic next time you’re the Shire and is perfect if you love sunsets

Parsley Bay Reserve

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Nestled among the mansions that occupy Sydney’s affluent suburb of Vaucluse, Parsley Bay Reserve is one of the largest harbour pools in the city. If you’re looking for freedom, relaxation, privacy, this is the place for you. Secret picnic destinations don’t get much better than this.

Gordon’s Bay

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For Eastern Suburbs' locals, this isn’t exactly a secret. But for those who haven’t experience the magic that is Gordons Bay, schedule it into your summer calendar ASAP. Thanks to its aqua blue waters and surrounding rocky terrain, you’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to Italy’s Cinque Terre—really.

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