BEST PICNIC SPOTS IN NEWCASTLE
Picnics have fast become the new way to socialise under the NSW Health's ease of restriction for those who are double vaccinated (find out the rules here). If you're permitted, it's time to get the old picnic blanket out, overpack a basket full of tasty snacks and get outside. Now, all you need to sort out is where to go inside your LGA. We've listed the best picnic spots across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland:
1. Newcastle Foreshore
This spot is great for families with a barbeque and picnic tables located at the east end of the Brewery. There's views of Nobbys and plenty of grass to run around and tire the kids out before bed. You can also picnic under cover using the shelter of the Tramsheds.
2. Dixon Park
Located right next to the beautiful Dixon beach, you can go for a dip before or after a fun picnic in the sun. It also offers limited shelter so you better be quick to secure a great spot.
3. King Edward Park
This spot is breath taking with the gorgeous gardens and Victorian rotunda for some shade. It also includes a great playground for kids and picnic tables close by. Spend the arvo snacking on some delicious food before going for a swim at The Bogey Hole.
4. Blackbutt Reserve
There's plenty of picnic areas (and animals) at Blackbutt Reserve to make this day out an epic one. There's also play areas to keep the kids entertained and plenty of walking tracks to venture out to.
5. Lambton Park
Likewise to King Edward, Lambton Park is home to a beautiful rotunda and has barbeque facilities to cook the perfect snag. After your picnic, take a walk around the perimeter of the park for a bit of exercise.
Lake Macquarie LGA
1. Warners Bay Foreshore
Enjoy a picnic along the Esplanade whilst admiring the lake views and wildlife. There's barbeques and shelled tables to suit various weather conditions. Ran out of time to prepare food? There's delicious cafes, restaurants and fish & chip shops located on the main street.
2. Speers Point Park
Home to many exciting markers, Speers Point Park is a gem for locals with one of the region's largest playgrounds. There's barbeque facilities and plenty of space for some peace and quiet along the water.
3. Croudace Bay Park
This spot is another great area for awesome lake views. It has wide opened spaces, barbeque facilities and sheltered picnic tables to protect yourself from the sun. There's also a playground or plenty of trees to climb for the kids (or willing adults).
3. Rathmines Park
It's a spot filled with history and plan themed play equipment for the kids. Rathmines Park was home to the largest boat base known as the RAAF Catalina Flying Boat Base with 14 Catalinas and nearly 3,000 officers.
1. Walka Water Works
Originally build in 1887, Walka Water Works used to supply water to the lower Hunter Valley and Newcastle. It's most ideal for a peaceful picnic with beautiful grassy areas and a bush trail. If you're lucky you may even spot a Kangaroo or two!
2. Maitland Park
This picnic spot is huge with picnic spots, tennis courts, a fenced playground, swimming centre, sporting fields and croquet lawns. With great variety, pack the car to the brim and head to Maitland Park.