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The Best Picnic Spots In The North Shore

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do here in the North Shore’s great outdoors, we suggest grabbing your cane basket out of the garage, preparing some delicious snacks, finding a big outdoor rug and taking your family out for a nice picnic. But where will you go? Luckily you’re spoilt for choice on the North Shore, with idyllic picnic locations dotted around every suburb. But to help you narrow down your search, we’ve made a list of our top five picnic spots that you should visit. Whether you’re looking for a picturesque outlook near the water, a place to entertain the kids or somewhere that you can take your furry child, otherwise known as the household dog, we’ve found the best picnic spots that the North Shore has to offer.

1. Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights
Located at the end of Somerville Road in Hornsby Heights, Crosslands Reserve is a great picnic spot for the whole family as it has a beautiful, natural setting and plenty of things to do. There are picnic shelters that can be hired and hold up to 12 adults plus, if you feel like a warm lunch, there are free electric barbeques for you to use. The kids will be kept busy with the playground on site and bicycle track to ride along. If you’re up to turning your picnic into a mini weekend getaway and don’t mind roughing it a little, you can also camp at the reserve.

2.Aquatic Park, Longueville
As you can probably deduce from its name, Aquatic Park on the corner of Stuart and Mary Streets in Longueville is a picnic location with some beautiful water views along the Lane Cove River foreshore. It has a very relaxed atmosphere with plenty of picnic tables or spots to set up your rug across the sloping grassed areas. Wood barbeques are available for use and there’s play equipment for the kids. After lunch you can take a stroll through the short bush tracks that wind through the park or sit back and watch the North Shore Rowing Club and Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club train on the water.

3.Ferndale Park, Chatswood

If you’re looking for a picnic location where you can bring your dog, Ferndale Park, located within the Lane Cove River catchment in Chatswood, is the spot for you! You can walk your furry friend on a leash along the formal walking tracks and there’s even an off-leash area on the grass near Dalrymple Avenue. Swaines Creek runs through the center of the park, creating a relaxed atmosphere with the sounds of running water amongst the bushland. When it’s time to eat, there are plenty of park benches along the track or picnic tables to sit at and enjoy.

4.Newlands Park, St Leonards

On the corner of Canberra Avenue and Duntroon Avenue in St Leonards sits Newlands Park, a lush picnic location with lots of trees and plants for shade. The park is dog friendly with off-leash areas available and a barbecue area for cooking up a storm. The playground here is great too with two areas, one designed for toddlers and the other for older children. It also has a massive slide that young and big kids alike will have plenty of fun playing on, as well as a bike track to ride along.

5.Echo Point Park, Roseville

This is a multi-level park situated on Babbage Road in Roseville with something on offer here for everyone. The upper level is a big grassy area with tables, gardens and barbeques and is the perfect spot to set up your picnic if you want to catch glimpses of the water. The middle level can be accessed via a paved walkway and is perfect for kids with a pretty cool, boat shaped playground. The bottom level is found down a series of stairs and is at water level, so if you feel like taking a dip in the water you can do so here. There are electric barbecues and large undercover seating areas down here too. The park also has a café so if you don’t feel like packing a lunch or you want to grab a coffee, this can be purchased on site.

We’ve found the location, now all you have to do is round up the family and start packing that picnic basket! Which spot will you be checking out?

Do you have a picnic suggestion in the North Shore area? Let us know!