Whether you want to take advantage of the balmy spring weather and enjoy a picnic with the family, or tour a few sites that might be a good choice for Christmas Day BBQs, we’ve put together North Shore Mum’s favourite places to spread out a blanket and kick back in the Sydney sun.
1. Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights
Location: Somerville Rd, Hornsby Heights
Crosslands Reserve is the scene of many happy memories for North Shore families! Bring a picnic or fire up one of the electric barbecues on site, or for an occasion you can hire the 12-seat picnic shelters. Tackle the Great North Walk or let the kids run riot on the playground. Public toilets are another plus!
2. Fagan Park, Galston
Location: 38-48 Arcadia Road, Galston
Fagan Park is a sprawling green site where families can spend hours enjoying picnics or barbecues, with a number of shelters and electric barbecues scattered throughout the grounds. There’s a weekend coffee cart for hot caffeine hits, but the biggest drawcard has to be the colourful and varied gardens for the kids to play in while you relax. They can explore the Gardens of Many Nations, which covers 10 hectares and has 11 themed gardens, including Japanese, Dutch, Chinese and Mediterranean, or let them loose at the two large playgrounds.
Fagan Park, Galston, is a huge expanse of green parklands with a lake at the centre
3. Clifton Gardens Beach and Baths, Mosman
Location: Morella Rd, Mosman
Clifton Gardens is a popular picnic choice for many North Shore Mums! The picturesque spot offers a large and green reserve area with gorgeous trees for shade, picnic tables, plus a playground and a beach set against a stretch of golden sand. If you forget any essentials, the Bacino Beach Kiosk is there for supplies, and there are toilets on site too.
Clifton Gardens Beach and Baths, Mosman
4. Northbridge Baths, Northbridge
Location: Widgiewa Rd, Northbridge
Set up your picnic feast beside the Northbridge Baths! The glorious tidal baths are set within the stunning Sydney Harbour foreshore. The popular baths boast a sandy beach surrounding and are set within the native bushland of Middle Harbour. The Baths are equipped with a BBQ, picnic area, change rooms, toilets, hot showers and parking.
Set up your picnic feast beside the Northbridge Baths
5. Manly Dam, Manly
Location: Sir Roden Cutler Memorial Dr, Manly
Manly Warringah War Memorial Park – known as Manly Dam, has a wonderful diversity of flora and fauna. It’s great for picnics by the water and is renowned for mountain biking and water skiing and Manly Dam’s network of bush tracks are great for exploring. You can settle on the grass or the sand and take in the gorgeous water views.
6. Clontarf Park and Beach, Clontarf
Location: Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Clontarf Beach is one of the NSM picks for many reasons! It has barbeques, an enclosed playground plus a playground and public toilets. There’s a gorgeous outlook over the water and the currents are calm, with easy swimming and paddling for little members of the family.
For more Out and About ideas head to the North Shore Mums website and explore!