Sydney-siders love a picnic. Whether for its’ instagrammable potential, or to genuinely enjoy the company of loved ones under the sun, it’s a must-do activity over the spring and summer. Here are our top five urban picnic spots, close to (or in some cases, within) the Sydney CBD, where you won’t have to compromise the ease and fun of the city for a lush day enjoying greenery.
This rustic chic spot is one of The Rocks’ best kept secrets…
Foundation Park is the hidden back-lane Sydney park you’ve dreamt of your whole life. It’s nestled behind the Playfair Terrace Shops, and is only really found on accident. Bring an assortment of cheese and chocolate, and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for just a minute. You’ll be left wondering how you ever missed it.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Paddington’s favourite outdoor picnic spot…
The Paddington Reservoir was a water reservoir which accepted water from the Botany Swamps pumping station for supply to parts of Sydney between 1866 and 1899. Now, it serves as one of the suburbs most chic daytime hangs. It’s the perfect spot to sit down and soak up the sunshine after a long day of boutique shopping.
Hidden in Darling Point, but not to be missed…
McKell Park is on the shores of Sydney Harbour, with views of the Harbour Bridge and lush Sydney skyline. Its lush greenery is the perfect backdrop for a day out with your family, friends, or loved ones. Located in a central area, it is a perfect start or end to a Sunday funday in the CBD.
Wendy’s Secret Garden
Not-so-secret anymore, but still worth the visit…
This park was revived by Wendy Whiteley, widow of famous artist Brett Whiteley, when her husband died as a way to channel her love and grief. Now, the park is every well landscaped and upkept with native and exotic plants and flowers adorning the space. Make it a priority to visit Lavender Bay for this one, you won’t regret it.
Accessible by lift, this park is hard to find, but oh so worth it…
Giba park is on a cliff top, overlooking Pyrmont Point Park and Sydney Harbour. It’s one of Sydney’s most exclusive picnic spots, and is only a hop-step-leap away from the CBD. Bring some wine (it’s BYO!), friends, and a picnic blanket for a lovely spring day out in the city.
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