Backed by green forest, Durawi picnic area in the southern part of Bents Basin State Conservation Area is a scenic spot for a weekend barbecue. It's a large area, so there's plenty of room to throw a ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/bents-basin-state-conservation-area/durawi-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
Gardens and parks in Sydney
Relax in Sydney's parks and gardens
With its abundant green spaces, leafy parks and fragrant gardens, Sydney’s natural environment is the perfect place to embrace the warmth and energy of the great outdoors in Sydney.
Sydney’s natural attractions
Sydney offers boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, whether it’s picnicking near Sydney Harbour, kicking a ball around with friends and family, cycling through tranquil parks or simply watching the sun set.
Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city, occupy one of the city's most prominent positions next to the Sydney Opera House on the harbour. It's a place where locals and tourists retreat for peace, relaxation, education and learning about horticulture. Aboriginal Heritage Tours of the Royal Botanic Gardens are available and free guided walks kick off daily at 10.30am from the Garden Shop.
People-watch in Sydney’s central green space, Hyde Park, and take a stroll under its arbour of trees. Nearby, you’ll find Hyde Park Barracks Museum, a World Heritage-listed site where you can learn about Australia’s convict past. Enjoy zen tranquility in Darling Harbour’s serene Chinese Garden of Friendship and experience a dose of rich cultural history.
Sydney Harbour meanders through the heart of the city, the foreshore lined with parks and gardens. Pirrama Park, Pyrmont, at the end of Pirrama Road, is a great location to enjoy expansive harbour views, barbecues, shaded areas and a children’s playground.
The showpiece of Headland Park is Georges Heights Lookout. Marvel at the stunning panoramic views of Sydney Heads, the Pacific Ocean, the eastern suburbs and city skyline. The park also has extensive bushland, with walking tracks, picnic spots and cafes. Nearby, Clifton Gardens in Mosman is like finding hidden treasure, well-loved by the locals for its great children’s playground and large park by the harbour.
In the eastern suburbs, Centennial Parklands has 360 hectares of wide-open space for cycling, walking, horse riding and lazy lakeside dining. Also in the east, Nielsen Park, part of Sydney Harbour National Park , is a popular recreation area. The harbourside park at Watsons Bay is a great place to devour fish and chips while watching the sun set over the city. Catch the ferry back to Circular Quay for a final treat.
West of the CBD at Sydney Olympic Park, you’ll find barbecues, picnic shelters, walking trails, cycling paths, playgrounds and fountains, perfect for an active day in the outdoors.
Saddle up for a ride in Centennial Parklands, just 15 minutes from the city centre. The Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre offers rides and instruction for every age and level, providing you with a unique opportunity to get close to nature.
Family-friendly picnic parks
Enjoy one of Sydney's many family-friendly parks. Bradleys Head in Mosman is right by the harbour, while picturesque Nielsen Park has a netted harbour pool and a shady park. Bicentennial Park at Homebush Bay is great for a sausage sizzle with free barbecue facilities on-site. Parramatta Park has walking trails and picnic shelters.
For a mini-holiday without leaving town, Cobblers Beach is a picturesque cove, ideal for swimming and picnicking; great for taking time out from a hectic city schedule. Nestled in bushland on the nort...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/cobblers-beach/swim-surf
9km (return) - 3.5 hour (each way) - Medium difficulty
Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk features a historic convict-built, some in chains, road overlooking the Hawkesbury River, in ...
Crebra Pavilion in Rouse Hill Regional Park is at the highest point of the park, enjoying scenic views across the park and surrounding area. It's a great place for special occasions and celebrations -...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/rouse-hill-regional-park/crebra-pavilion/picnic-bbq
Bradleys Head is another place where military history and stunning landscapes combine to offer a complete harbour experience. Just next to Taronga Zoo, the convict-built battery at Bradley's Head was ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/military-relics-at-bradleys-head/historic-site
1.3km (return) - 0.5 hour (each way)
If you've ever wondered what Sydney looked like before the city took over, then head to Browns Forest loop trail, in the North Sydney suburb of St Ives. I...
1.8km (return) - 1 hour (each way) - Medium difficulty
When you're visiting Georges River National Park, be sure to walk the Yeramba Lagoon loop track. This short walk takes you through some ...
Halfway Point picnic area is an idyllic small, riverside picnic area, surrounded by bushland. Why not gather a group of friends or head to the area with family for a riverside refresher? There is unco...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/lane-cove-national-park/halfway-point-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
10km (one way) - 4 hour - Hard difficulty
If you're an adventurous walker, you'll love the Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk. This 10km coastal track begins near Little Bay picnic area in Arakoon...