Spread the picnic blanket! Romantic picnic ideas for Sydney. Queue gorgeous backgrounds, slurpy menus, sparkling wine. So easy …
Try any of these:
- one of the many tiny Sydney harbourside parks. Lots with easy ferry access (Neutral Bay, Long Nose Point, Watsons Bay). There are never many people there during the week.
- A gentle stroll along the waterside, timed to include a stunning sunset view across the harbour to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. You can have it all, go here for details.
- Find a quiet spot to spread your picnic blanket in Centennial Park – or the Royal Botanical Gardens.
- Catch a Sydney ferry to one of the harbour islands. Cockatoo would be perfect.
- A late evening picnic along Bondi or Bronte beaches can be magical. The daytime crowds have gone and the whole atmosphere changes.
For romantic picnic ideas a little out of the city:
- Deserted beaches – to avoid crowds, think weekdays. Your chances are very good in Sydney’s Royal National Park, reached by train to Otford or by the Bundeena ferry from Cronulla.
- Or take your picnic basket to the Pittwater, just north of Sydney. A ferry from Palm Beach will take you to secluded beaches and bush trails in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Romantic Picnic Food
‘Keep it light and easy’ is the mantra for romantic picnic food. Yes to all things soft, squishy, juicy, runny. No to all things tough, hard or stringy. Slurping is good, long chewing – forget it! Finger food is best.
- sushi, seafood of all sorts,
- little tarts or pies
- an easy green salad
- hoummous, baba ganoush, tzatziki or other dippy things
- Some fabulous bread. From a specialist bread shop. Sourdough pehaps.
- Yummy extras – olives, little dill cucumbers, semi-dried tomatoes,
All of these things can be bought ready-made in Sydney. If you’d rather do it yourself, keep the food quick and easy.
As for drinks: you’ll never go wrong with champagne for a romantic picnic.
Romantic Picnic Ideas – the details
Don’t forget the less romantic details:
- Picnic blanket
- Sunscreen lotion
- Bottled water – plenty of it
- Lightweight/disposable plates, cutlery, glasses, napkins
- A citronella candle or mosquito lotion if you’ll be out after dusk
When you don’t want to Picnic
What about an outside table in a small alleyway filled with Asian hawker-style food stalls? That’s Spice Alley and it’s a great alternative when you don’t want to bother with doing anything yourself.