Can you see yourself laying down on a picnic rug under the trees, listening to the laughter of children as they play? It’s the ideal setting that creates balance that we all need in our life. For us, space is one of the key factors in deciding where to throw our rug or blanket down. Even if it’s a popular spot, if you have space, you don’t feel like anyone else is there. We’ve narrowed down our favourites to give you the best Lake Macquarie picnic spots. It’s time to relax, unwind and enjoy the sunshine.
Belmont South Foreshore
This park ticks all the boxes for a picnic spot that has it all. Belmont South foreshore is a stretch of park that enjoys a gorgeous afternoon sunset. Complete with a refurbished playground, BBQ, toilets, and pelicans, it’s no wonder this park is a favourite of ours. With loads of grass, and a selection of tables, you can choose your picnic style. read more about it here: A sunset play at Belmont South Playground
Belmont – Green Point Reserve
To access this picnic spot you need to take a short walk along a concrete path. It’s pram, wheelchair and scooter friendly and about 15-20min long. It’s a gorgeous walk from the carpark along the lake. Sea Eagle Park is the picnic area which is spacious, has picnic tables and toilets. Check out the awesome lookout and get the best view of the lake while relaxing on a picnic rug. Read more about it here: The grass really is greener at the point.
Croudace Bay – Thomas Halton Park
This park is currently going through a transformation. However, there are still plenty of spots by the lake and away from everyone where you can picnic together. Thomas Halton Park has loads of space, perfectly positioned tables, BBQ facilities and so much grassed area for a rug. Bring the soccer ball and the scooters. The kids will be excited to see the construction of an enormous new playground due to open this year. Read all about it here: The plan for Thomas Halton Park at Croudace Bay is amazing!
Pelican foreshore has plenty of space for a picnic, play and swim as well. This park is simply gorgeous. Complete with BBQ facilities, tables and toilets, there is also a small stretch of sand on the foreshore where kids can play in the water. Pelican foreshore also has a fenced playground. Learn all about it here: Why Pelican Foreshore Playground is a must for every family
Rathmines Park is massive. If you’re looking to find a patch of grass to relax and catch up with family and friends, then this park is perfect. You can choose to picnic near the playground, where you’ll find toilets and BBQ facilities, or loose yourself across the road in the lush, green, spacious park. It really is a hidden gem on the western side of the lake. Find out more here: Rathmines park, playground & history as the largest RAAF flying boat base
Speers Point Park
Even on the busiest of days, Speers Point Park is so big that it accommodates everyone. Choose a quiet spot under a tree, a lakeside covered table, or spread your picnic rug inside the fenced playground. There are so many options, that you’ll go back many times and still feel like it’s your first. You’ll find toilets, BBQ facilities, tables and covered areas. Read all about Speers Point Park: Speers Point playground, park, markets and more!
It’s a little bit hard to find as first, but once you walk through the trees that open up to a generous grassed area, you’ll see why this is on our list. Set amongst the trees, hidden from view, Sunshine Park and playground is perfect for a family picnic. Explore the waters edge and pontoon or simply spread out your rug and relax. You’ll find BBQ facilities and toilets here as well. To learn more about Sunshine and the playground, read our review: Find out why kids love Sunshine, Lake Macquarie
Valentine – Bennett Park
With a new playground, space to kick around a soccer ball, and the waters edge to explore, Bennett Park gets a big tick! It’s also a popular spot for the local boating community, with an awesome boat ramp and pontoon. Covered BBQs, toilets, tables, and plenty of ideal locations to place your picnic rug. Bennett Park is a gorgeous spot to watch the boats, and relax under the shade of the trees. Read all about the new playground here: Bennett park, playground and pontoon at Valentine foreshore