5 of the best family picnic spots in Wollongong

Pack a picnic and have a cheap and easy family day out

For a fun filled and free day out with the family, nothing beats a picnic. So when the sun is shining, shake out the picnic rug, fill up the Esky and head to one of these five fabulous spots for a budget-friendly day out that will keep everyone happy, well-fed and entertained!

  1. Get back to nature

For a relaxing, tranquil day head to Wollongong Botanic Garden.

  • With a large variety of gardens for all to explore and a playground to enjoy, Wollongong Botanic Garden has something for every member of the family.
  • Open from 7am to 5pm daily, entry is free, there’s plenty of parking, and even a free shuttle bus from town.
  • The gardens also offer a range of activities and educational programs you might like to enjoy on your visit – check out the program.
  1. Dining with a million dollar view

If you like to enjoy a breathtaking view with your meal, then head to Mt Pleasant Lookout in Kiama.

  • On the Kiama bends heading south, this gorgeous spot offers stunning views across Gerringong, Gerroa and the green surrounds.
  • There’s plenty of rolling green lawns, for the kids to run around on, along with a picnic table.
  • Pack a bottle of bubbles to make your picnic truly special. You might also like to follow your picnic with a tour of some of the area’s wineries!
  1. Something for everyone

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, nature lover, or a kid with energy to burn, head to Cataract Dam.

  • This fabulous picnic spot is one of the oldest and most picturesque dams in New South Wales.
  • The castle-like sandstone building on top of the wall and the fancy tower will capture everyone’s imagination.
  • With beautiful scenery and viewing areas, Cataract Dam has loads of parking and is completely free.
  • The picnic areas offer electric bbqs, drinking water, plenty of picnic tables, and toilets.
  • There’s a fabulous playground for the kids
  • Nature enthusiasts can indulge their wilder side with some great bush walks and bird watching.
  • Plan your day with this handy map of the Cataract Dam Recreation Area.
  1. By the seaside

When the sun is shining, you can’t beat a picnic by the beach.

  • Head to City Beach Wollongong and enjoy a relaxing picnic on the grassy foreshore as you watch the boats come into the harbour.
  • You can walk or cycle along the path to WA Lang Park where there’s a great playground and some picnic huts. There’s also a large grassy reserve to run around, play some games and work off your lunch!
  • You could also venture around to take in the lighthouse and views at Flagstaff Hill.
  • And for more great waterside picnic spots on the Wollongong waterfront, try this handy guide to Wollongong’s Foreshore Parks.
  1. From the sea to the sky

Another magnificent seaside spot is Stanwell Park Beach Reserve.

  • Just beyond the golden sands of Stanwell Park Beach, in this large reserve you can loll around on the grass and enjoy a picnic after your swim or surf, without having to worry about sand in your sandwiches!
  • If the wind is blowing, you’ll also be able to enjoy the view of the hang-gliders above, as they spiral down from Bald Hill Lookout
  • While you’re there, don’t miss a trip across – and stop on – the infamous Sea Cliff Bridge. This iconic 665 metre stretch is a Grand Pacific Drive highlight that will delight everyone, from the littlest to biggest of kids.

Wherever you choose, make the most of the warm weather and pack a picnic to enjoy a fun, free day out with the family!