Spring has sprung, and for many of us that means picnic weather.
This summer is set to be long and hot, so whether you’re in North Narrabeen, Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Ingleside or Warriewood, why not make the most of the milder spring weather to get out and enjoy some Narrabeen picnic spots?
We have rounded up our favourites… and you’ll find some picnic lunch ideas in this article as well.
The best picnic spots in and around Narrabeen
Dee Why Beach is an extremely popular spot along the Northern Beaches for picnics as well as swimming and general beachside activities. Ted Jackson Reserve, next to Dee Why Beach, has a fantastic playground for the kids, and there is lots of grass for the kids to run around, as well as the water, of course. There are plenty of cafes along the beach, including a top-notch ice cream shop, but you could try bringing along a delicious mac and cheese zucchini slice for a fun mash-up of two classics.
Collaroy Beach: A bit further north, Collaroy Beach is another favourite local picnic spot. Collaroy Beach is a popular surf spot but also has lots of white sand, pleasant grass and an adjoining playground, making it perfect for a family day out. If you are lucky enough to have some adult time, The Collaroy, right next to the beach, is a great spot for some drinks after your picnic. A New York-style Reuben sandwich might be an excellent lunch before some cocktails at the Collaroy.
Bilarong Reserve: Set alongside the stunning Narrabeen Lagoon, Bilarong Reserve is another grassy expanse complete with a playground and shallow water to paddle in right in the heart of Narrabeen. Along with electric barbecues and picnic tables, Bilarong Reserve even has a small boat ramp for activities on the calm waters of Narrabeen Lagoon. Bilarong reserve is also part of the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, so you can enjoy a walk along the beautiful lagoon through natural Aussie bushland before your picnic lunch. And when you get back from the walk, why not enjoy a delicious Rice Bubble slice as a reward?
Lakeside Park: A perfect grassy field for kicking a ball around, complete with an excellent playground for the kids to enjoy and access to the Narrabeen Lagoon, Lakeside Park is another favourite spot for Northern Beaches picnickers. Lakeside Park often plays host to events such as concerts for kids and Christmas carols, so keep an eye out. Make it an especially Aussie picnic with some vegemite lamingtons. Don’t knock them before you try them.
Winnererremy Bay, better known locally as Flying Fox Park, is perfect for family picnics. Along with a large open expanse of grass surrounded by a level cycle track, there is also a fully fenced playground next to a cafe and nearby bushwalks, and it all butts onto the stunning calm water of Winnererremy Bay, perfect for a paddle. Try packing some quick and easy mini-quiches for the whole family to enjoy.
McCarrs Creek Reserve: If you want to bring your pooch along for a picnic, then McCarrs Creek Reserve, a little past Church Point, is the best spot for you. Dogs are allowed to run around leash-free at this reserve and will love to play fetch on the grass and have a splash in the water. Why not spoil your pup while you are at it with some homemade carrot pup cakes, strawberry and banana hearts or any of the other fantastic recipes on the Northern Beaches Dog Rescue website?
The Basin Campground: If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, a ferry trip to the Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is well worth a try. Spacious grassy picnic grounds sit next to a glorious little bay on one side and wider waters of the Pittwater on the other. There is frequently wildlife to be seen, including wallabies and goannas, and the area is also a campsite so that you can enjoy an extended stay. Be aware, though, that the park does charge a small daily fee to visit.
Try a tuna mornay pasta salad while picnicking in this beautiful spot with friends and family.
Which local picnic spots have we missed? Send us a message and let us know.