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5 local spots for a picnic

28/09/2021

Where you can enjoy a picnic in Newcastle and beyond as the weather warms up and restrictions ease.

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Spring has sprung! The weather is warming and as restrictions begin to ease, a picnic is at the top of everyone’s social to-do list. We’ve put together a guide on some of the top spots in 5 of our Local Government Areas (LGA) where you can enjoy the outdoors.

Why not step it up a notch and order a grazing box or take away from your local cafe, dress up and bring along some comfy cushions or decorations to make it a wee bit fancy. Just be sure to check any restrictions in your local area and follow Covid protocols to make it an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone.

Port Stephens

Fishermans Bay  

Say hello to warmer weather by dipping your toes in the water of this lovely secluded beach. It’s also a great spot to snorkel, explore nearby rock pools or just enjoy a family day by the sea.

Birubi Point  

Adventure awaits along this huge sandy expanse in Anna Bay both on foot and by 4-wheel drive! Explore the nearby dunes or just set up, sit back and watch the waves roll on in.

Dutchman’s Beach Reserve

Affectionately known as ‘Dutchies’ to the locals, this little gem is tucked away from the CBD. Cool off in the calm water, let the kids loose on the playground or stretch your legs along the walking track or cycle way that offer spectacular views in both direction.

Lake Macquarie

Mt Sugarloaf  

Treat yourself to a spectacular sunset from the western viewpoint that overlooks the surrounding inland plains. There’s a bit of a walk to get there and some unsteady ground, but it’s beautiful itself and winds through native bushland.

Green Point Foreshore  

Nestled in between Valentine and Belmont, enjoy a stunning walk along the lake edge to access the picnic area and lookout.

Thomas H Halton Park  

This space is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade and the skate park work is now complete and ready to use! Pack the kids and their wheels and head down to enjoy a beautiful lake outlook with BBQ facilities and plenty of space to roam and run free.

Sunset view from Mt Sugarloaf western viewpoint.

Newcastle

King Edward Park  

A local classic. Take your pick between the flower gardens and rotunda at the bottom, or continue to the top for undisturbed views over the South Pacific Ocean.

Hickson Street Lookout  

We know we’re spoilt for choice for coastal outlooks and this one is no exception. Take in panoramic views of Burwood Beach and Glenrock while paragliders take launch around you.

The Hill above Merewether Baths  

You know the one we’re talking about, on the hill behind the top carpark there’s a patch of grass perfect for catching a spring or summer sunset…

Maitland

Walka Water Works  

Step back in time at this popular little picnic and recreation area framed by the historic pumphouse. Enjoy being surrounded by birdlife and explore the nearby walking trails along the lake.

Queens Wharf  

Pull up a picnic table right next to the Hunter River at the historic wharf that was once used by settlers, merchants, mariners, timber getters and farmers. It’s also a great spot for recreational water activities including kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding.

Rathluba Lagoon

This little hidden treasure has something for everyone, featuring a kids playground, walking tracks, an off leash dog area and pristine lagoon view.

Central Coast

Long Jetty Foreshore  

Treat yourself to a world-class sunset over Tuggerah Lake from one of the three jetties that span out over the serene water. Make sure you pop your phone in your picnic basket, you won’t want to miss a snap for the gram.

Bouddi National Park  

Can’t decide between a bush or a beach backdrop? Enjoy both with this beautiful short walk that starts at Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area and winds through eucalypts before popping out along the stunning coastline.

Strickland State Forest  

Breathe in deep and take in the incredible diversity of flora and fauna that this compact rainforest has to offer. You’ll find the picnic facilities in a dry eucalyptus forest with extensive walking trails to explore in every direction. It’s also pet friendly, so there’s no reason to leave your four legged friend at home!

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. Information in this article is current as at the date of publication.

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