We have been so overwhelmed with fantastic suggestions from our competition to win a Spring Picnic Hamper from Belvoir’s exclusive caterers, Hatrick Catering, that we wanted to share the results with you.
We asked people to finish this sentence: My favourite picnic spot in Sydney is … and the responses were inspiring, eloquent, and inspired us to want to go in search of the perfect picnic spot. Below is just a small sample of some of our favourite responses. Maybe yours is amongst them?
Our thanks again for sharing your little slice of paradise, and reminding us of how valuable it is to take time out, be in the great outdoors, and enjoy good food and good company – even if it’s a party of one!
Drive to the northern beaches, snaking past bushland, houses, beaches and inland waterways. Park the car. Catch the ferry from the Palm Beach Wharf and alight at the Basin Wharf in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Magic. In front of you is the ‘Basin’: towering sandstone gorges, huge gum trees, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos, Lorikeets.. Spread out the blanket & pillows, unpack the magazines and books and picnic food and drinks. Lie back and close your eyes. Pure joy.
– Sylvia Hrovatin, Winner
Dharawal National Park near Campbelltown. The Minerva Pool. Very peaceful and still, especially in the morning. Very rarely crowded, especially during the week. An excellent place to revitalise the mind and body.
– Caroline Clatworthy, Runner up
Neilson Park in summer when the crowds have gone for the day and still time for a swim and picnic until the sun goes down in the west and the ranger comes by indicating that time is up… Magnificent.
– Judy Law, Runner up
Parramatta Park. I use to meet my lover there every afternoon and we would picnic there by the river.
– Ann Camp, Runner up
My favourite picnic spot is Wendy Whiteley’s gorgeous garden at Lavender Bay, an oasis of beautiful plants, calm spaces with seats on which to relax while you take in stunning views of the harbour. This space is an urban treasure.
– Name withheld, Runner up
…wherever my love is sitting with me.
– Susan Halloran, Runner up
And even more great ideas…
Blackwattle Bay Park, because there’s nothing better than your local
Redfern Park. Shady trees and soft grass, perfect spot.
Sawmiller’s Reserve in McMahons Point – beautiful. Secluded and a ship wreck all within a stone’s throw of the CBD!!
Arthur McElhone Reserve in front of Elizabeth Bay House. You can watch the koi in the pond, the boats on the harbour and pretend you are having lunch in your garden. Bliss!
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, front row seats to the best view in the world.
Observatory Hill for its fabulous views over the harbour and it is quite a private spot for a rendezvous.
Old Cremorne Point Wharf, a gift to the soul and the senses – ringed with trees on the shore of Sydney’s spectacular harbour!
Balls Head in Waverton – the bushland, the Coal Loader, the harbour – a glorious mix.
Newtown Dog Park! All the doggos!
Beulah St Wharf, Kirribilli
Cape Solander, Kurnel. A picnic on a sunny July day watching for whales.
Bicentennial Park on Rozelle Bay, Annandale
Taronga Park Zoo