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The best Lake Macquarie picnic spots!

Can you see yourself lying down on a picnic rug under the trees, listening to the laughter of children? It’s the ideal setting for creating balance, that we all need. 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 playground, BBQ, toilets, and pelicans, it’s no wonder this park is a favourite. With loads of grass and a selection of tables, you can choose your picnic style. Read more: A sunset play at Belmont South Playground


Belmont – Green Point Reserve

To access this picnic spot, it’s 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 car park along the lake. Sea Eagle Park is a spacious picnic area with 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

Hold on to your pirate hat, and grab your picnic rug, because Thomas H Halton Park has it all. From wide open space, great paths for the kids to ride their bikes, and a brilliant pirate-themed playground. You’ll find picnic tables, BBQs, a skate park and toilets. Check it out here: Popular Croudace Bay Park.


Pelican Foreshore

Pelican foreshore has plenty of space for a picnic, play and swim. This park is simply gorgeous. Complete with BBQ facilities, tables and toilets, and 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

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 lose 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!


Sunshine Park

It’s a little bit hard to find at first, but once you walk through the trees it opens 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 water edge and pontoon, or 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 playground here: Bennett park, playground and pontoon at Valentine foreshore


Shingle Splitters Point – Balcolyn

This place is a hidden gem. You’ll know what I mean when you drive into the car park. You’ll find grass to lay a picnic rug, tables with bench seats, and down by the playground are toilets & BBQ facilities. Any spot you choose will be perfect, as the atmosphere is so relaxing. This point has the most spectacular outlook. You just have to visit. Read all about it: A relaxing family day out at Shingle Splitters Point & playground!


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