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Top 5 Picnic Spots in Sydney

By Emma, Australia, July 2011

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Blessed with warm weather and sunshine most of the year round, Sydney’s parks, gardens and beaches are perfect for picnicking. Here’s our pick of the bunch:

1. Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens has to be the picnic spot to trump all picnic spots. Spread your blanket among the rose gardens, ponds and fountains in the shade of ancient and exotic trees, while drinking in fine views of Sydney Harbour.

2. Centennial Park, Oxford Street, Paddington

This sprawling, 189-hectare parkland was once the reservoir that supplied the city’s water. Wander around its lawns, flowerbeds and stately palm avenues and try to resist feeding the resident ducks.

3. Wendy’s Secret Garden, Lavender Street, Lavender Bay

Wendy Whiteley, created this verdant oasis after the death of her husband, painter Brett Whiteley. Its tree ferns, palms and massive fig tree frame a vista of one of Sydney’s loveliest coves, with clear views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

4. Jubilee Park, Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Hugging the water’s edge in Glebe, this lush parkland has a lovely walk that follows the shores of Blackwattle Bay. Enjoy a picnic nestled in the shade of Moreton Bay figs and watch the kids run wild in the playground. Come on a Saturday and visit the locals markets too.

5. Balmoral Beach, The Esplanade, Mosman

Hop on a city ferry to nearby Mosman, on Sydney’s northern shore. The beaches here are popular with locals and the long and shady parkland behind Balmoral beach is a divine place for a picnic. Have a dip in the ocean and then linger in the shade of the park’s impressive Norfolk Island pines.

- Emma McMahon

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