Summer is the perfect time to jump in the car and head off on a family picnic. So pop some sandwiches, fresh fruit and homemade treats in an esky and head off to one of the many beautiful picnic spots on Sydney’s lower North Shore.

Lambert's Clearing By Robert C. Johnston

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Bobbin Head

This popular park features everything you need for a great day out. Lay out a picnic rug, then watch the kids play happily in the playground. After lunch, take a stroll along the stunning boardwalk bushwalking track through the mangroves. Children will love feeding the ducks found around the marina and by the water.

Wahroonga Playground

Wahroonga Park

Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga

This local favourite has undergone a six month upgrade. There is a new playground with two distinct play areas. The toddler area has a rubber soft fall area, large shade sail and suitable play equipment. The older kids’ area is designed for adventurous children and young teens. There is also spacious grassy areas and gorgeous manicured gardens to enjoy.

Pavilion and Bush Education Centre by Robert C. Johnston

Ku-ring-gai Flower Garden

Mona Vale Road, St Ives

This local treasure is the ideal place to relax and unwind. It is a peaceful and secluded spot and features gullies, ponds, waterfalls and bushwalking tracks. There is a playground and bike paths, and if you are lucky enough you may even glimpse one of the many wallabies that frequent the gardens.

Bicentennial Park

Lofberg Road, West Pymble

The Bicentennial Park is extensive and features plenty of grassy areas and gorgeous trees that provide shade in the warmer months. There are paths for walking, cycling and skateboarding and two substantial playgrounds that will keep the kids amused for hours. There is also a sandpit with an inbuilt activity table that toddlers will adore.

Swain Gardens Killara by Derek Stalley

Swain Gardens Killara

77 Stanhope Road, Killara

Hidden away in the middle of Killara are the most beautiful gardens you have ever seen. With over three hectares of bushland, you can wander along the pathways and explore the creeks, bridges, and plants that bring these breathtaking gardens to life.

Winnererremy Bay Playground and Park

Mona Street, Mona Vale

This is one of the best parks around and the ultimate picnic spot. Set along beautiful Winnererremy Bay, the park features an excellent playground that is completely fenced off. There is also a bike track and a beach where kids can splash around. Bring a ball, frisbee or kite and spread out on the huge grassy areas that surround the park.

Echo Point Park Lower Picnic Area

Echo Point Park Roseville Chase

Babbage Road, Roseville

Echo Gardens is a lovely park steeped in historical and cultural significance. It has beautiful water views, a beach, mangroves, salt marsh and bushwalking track. There are three distinct areas featuring everything you need for a family picnic.