Perfect Picnics – Sydney-style

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    A perfect picnic by Renate Ruge
    Picnics are synonymous with long, lazy days and lunch tastes so much better al fresco. Pack up a picnic basket full of delicious goodies and pick a spot on a beach in a gorgeous garden or a shady park. Otherwise lay out the rug on a Harbour island. Sydney has plenty of perfect picnic settings. Here are six top spots:
    Beachy picnic at Balmoral
    Pitch a sun umbrella in the white sands of Balmoral beach and paddle in the shallow waters. You can bring your own picnic or cheat a little and buy salads, sandwiches and quintessentially Aussie pies from the Bather’s Pavilion kiosk shop. Worried about sand in your sandwiches? Just over the decorative bridge, a grassy knoll juts out to sea splitting the two beaches and makes for a great picnic spot with plenty of shade.
    Best views in town at Cremorne Point
    Hop off the ferry after a five-minute cruise across the Harbour from Circular Quay’s wharf 4. Turn left and follow the leafy path that winds around the grassy shores of Cremorne. The killer views of the Opera House and Bridge make Cremorne Point one of Sydney’s top vantage spots for the fireworks and a brilliant New Year’s Eve picnic spot. (Be prepared to come early and camp out on December 31 though to secure your spot!) There’s a coffee kiosk on the ferry wharf, conveniences and parking. Bring a blanket and cop a squat in the shade of a gum tree. Food-wise pack a picnic basket full to the brim, as the nearest shop is a pacey twenty-minute walk away.
    Shady days in Centennial Park
    Stay until the sun sets with an all day picnic here. Wander down stately palm avenues, get 
the kids on horseback and set up picnic camp in a shady paperbark grove. There’s plenty to see: duck ponds, statues, lawns, rose garden and cockatoos in 189 hectares
of parkland. Cycle or roller blade around and grab post picnic coffees from the kiosk.
    Oxford Street, Paddington 02 9339 6699

    Panoramic picnic at Lavender Bay Point
    The delis on Blues Point Road are a good place to stock up on picnic fare like crackers and cheese and fruit and salad wraps. At the bottom of the hill stay right of the McMahon’s Point ferry and settle
in for a spot of lunch by the water. Most days tourists and the odd bride will pose for photos, as this 360-degree backdrop of Sydney Harbour has wow factor.
    McMahon’s Point wharf by ferry or North Sydney train station
    Romance in the Royal Botanical Gardens
    Well, this is one place to say I do… to a proposal, a wedding or perhaps just a picnic! Iconic picture postcard harbour views, lush green gardens, pretty ponds, steamy hot houses, water features and flowers galore. Love is definitely in the air.
    Mrs Macquarie’s Rd, Sydney
(02) 9231 8111
    Fishy Tales at Sydney Fish Market
    A fishy picnic right on the water and you can turn up without prepping a thing! Bag a bench with a view outside and stock up inside on oysters served up in newspaper, some tasty slithers of sashimi, 
fish cooked any which way, crusty bread and olives. BYO champagne! There’s a ‘bottle-o’ (liquor store) here too in case it slips your mind. Watch out for the pesky seagulls! 7am to 4pm.
    Sydney Fish Markets, Bank Street, Pyrmont.
    By Renate Ruge
    A shady spot in Cremorne by C.C Man

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