6 Summertime picnic spots on the Central Coast

Summer on the Central Coast calls for days spent picnicking in parks, reserves and beaches, with a jam-packed esky, simply watching the world go by...

It’s that beautiful time of year when the sun is shining and the birds are singing – perfect weather to get outdoors and enjoy a picnic during your next getaway to the Central Coast. We've collected six summertime spots to plant your picnic blanket on the Central Coast, all ideal for enjoying a relaxing day outside in nature’s playground.

Patonga Foreshore Reserve, Patonga

For the ultimate beachside picnic spot, head to Patonga Foreshore Reserve at the southern end of the Central Coast. Patonga is a sleepy seaside village situated on a calm, tranquil bay looking across to Sydney's Palm Beach and the entrance of the "secret river" - the Hawkesbury. The water at Patonga Beach is ideal for safe paddling, with minimal waves. The foreshore also features a fun play area to keep the kids entertained while you lay back and lap up the view.

Saltwater Creek Reserve, Long Jetty

If you are looking for a picnic spot on the Central Coast that has a large playground to wear the kids out, Saltwater Creek Reserve in Long Jetty is where you need to be. In addition to the playground, there are fantastic BBQ facilities, a scenic cycleway and lots of open space for their favourite ball games.

Little Beach, Bouddi National Park

Little Beach is a small, secluded shoreline located within Bouddi National Park and is quite the hidden gem. It features a quiet and peaceful picnic spot that you can only reach on foot. Don’t forget your surfboard, as Little Beach is known to have a little wave or two. This area is also great for fishing and hiking sections of one of NSW's best seaside trails - the Bouddi Coastal Walk.

Canton Beach Foreshore, Tuggerah Lake

Canton Beach Foreshore is the ideal lakeside location. Relax and soak up the scenery of Tuggerah Lake. Feel like going for a kayak or a stand up paddle? Canton Beach Paddle Shack hires equipment so you can get out on the water. The kids will love it too, Canton Beach Foreshore features two kids play area.

Frazer Park, Munmorah State Recreation Area

Frazer Park is a small and secluded beachside setting located within Munmorah State Recreation Area at the northern end of the Central Coast. Relax at the picnic area overlooking the stunning beach. Frazer is a favourite among the local community for its surf break, so bring your surfboard and catch a wave or two.

Crackneck Point Lookout, Wyrrabalong National Park

Searching for a picnic spot on the Central Coast where you can spot whales during migration season? Crackneck Point Lookout is located within Wyrrabalong National Park near Bateau Bay and has scenic views north across Shelly Beach, The Entrance and all the way up the coastline to Norah Head and its lighthouse.

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