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Noteworthy picnic spots

Newcastle has a plethora of perfect restaurants and cafés to visit on special occasions. There are also numerous nooks and crannies that make unique spots to spend time away from the crowds and enjoy our city’s fantastic sites and weather. These public spaces are for everyone to enjoy.
Picnic Spots

The following suggestions for off-the-grid locations are great alternatives to the usual destinations for that first date, romantic anniversary or platonic picnic you may be planning.

Ewok Trails

Location:

This parkland is found above the giant retaining wall on King Street as you come around the corner from Darby Street. Here, in the heart of the city, you will discover picnic benches amongst ferns and flowers. It also offers an elevated view of the human traffic below.

What to take:

When to go:

After work in Spring, when the days are long enough to fit in a bite before the street lights come on.

Noteworthy Picnic Spots
Noteworthy Picnic Spots

Cathedral Park

Location:

This spot can be found below the Christ Church Cathedral. Enter from stairs on King Street, Wolfe Street or the cathedral on Church Street. Picnic tables are scattered amongst the entanglement of old trees, headstones and the cathedral.

What to take:

When to go:

On warmer days when the shade from the trees over the picnic tables make for a cool lunchtime retreat. Alternatively, this spot is great for telling ghost stories at night.

Hickson Street
Dead End, Merewether

Location:

Turn off Scenic Drive to enjoy a view of the beach and bush from one location. Be respectful of the residents and absorb one of the best views Newcastle has to offer.

What to take:

When to go:

Weekend mornings. The salt air is a great way to start the day.

Noteworthy Picnic Spots
Noteworthy Picnic Spots

Carrington Harbour

Location:

Park your vehicle in Elizabeth Street and cross Booth Street Bridge on foot. The public reserve next to Port Waratah offers a unique view of both Newcastle and the harbour.

What to take:

When to go:

Dusk or after dark. The city lights and the lapping of the water make for a romantic yet remote location.

Bolton Street
Carpark Roof

Location:

50 Bolton Street, Newcastle. It will cost you $3 to park on the roof after 5pm (Night Owl Special) but the view is worth it. It’s open 24/7 to the public.

What to take:

When to go:

Dinner time. Roll down your windows and kick the seats back to watch the sun set over the city.

Noteworthy Picnic Spots

As seen in Swell Issue 4. Grab your copy here

Words: James Turvey | Photography: Zoe Lonergan

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