Grab a blanket and the esky for budget busting outdoor dining
Who says eating out has to be expensive? Forget splashing a load of cash at a fancy restaurant. There’s no better way to enjoy a bite to eat than sitting out in the sunshine with family, friends or your special someone. For a cheap and easy meal out, nothing beats a picnic. Here’s our 5 top picnic spots in Newcastle.
Something for everyone
Jesmond Park has your picnicking needs covered, with something to entertain everyone in the family.
- Jesmond Park is one of the must-do picnic spots in Newcastle that has lots of grassy open space, picnic tables and benches, bbqs, bubblers and toilets.
- The kids will love the choice of two playgrounds, bike and scooter paths, and the basketball half court.
- Garden enthusiasts will enjoy the vine covered trellis walkway and gorgeous rose garden.
- And bring the Frisbee along – sports enthusiasts will love the nine hole disc golf course!
- And after you’ve enjoyed your picnic lunch, work it off on some of the great bush walking tracks.
Shake off the last of that winter chill and celebrate spring with a picnic at the beach.
- Dixon Park Beach has a great picnic area where you can enjoy your lunch sand-free!
- There’s a great playground for the kids and loads of open grassy space where you can throw a footy or Frisbee around.
- Covered picnic tables mean you can retreat from the heat and cool off while enjoying lunch in the shade.
- There are toilets at the nearby Dixon Park Beach Surf Club.
Get back to nature
To get away from it all for a while, take a short drive to Blue Gum Hills Regional Park
- There’s a choice of two picnicking areas – Back Creek or the Village Green, and plenty of parking, picnic shelters, bbqs, toilets, walking tracks and mountain biking trails.
- There’s also adventure playgrounds and lots of sprawling green lawns where you can throw down a rug and unpack a picnic.
- Dogs are welcome at the Village Green picnic area too, just be sure to keep them on the leash.
- You’ll find a handy map here so you can help plan your day.
For a location that’s guaranteed to please the kids, you can’t go past Lambton Park.
- Featuring recently upgraded playground equipment, Lambton Park caters to toddlers, pre-schoolers and older children with a range of play structures and some water play.
- There’s loads of picnic tables including a covered shelter and a bbq, as well as a water fountain and public toilets.
- There’s some great grassy spaces for picnicking and playing games.
- Near the historic rotunda is a great spot to spread out a picnic blanket, with loads of lawn area for the kids to run around, and paths for them to ride their bikes and scooters.
More fun for the kids – and dog!
If it’s action you’re after, Nesca Park ticks all the boxes as one of the best picnic spots in Newcastle.
- Just off Darby Street in The Hill, Nesca Park features a fabulous newly completed playground with swings, a see-saw and slide, rope bridges, a fort and a spinner.
- There’s picnic tables, covered shelters and bbqs, along with loads of open green space and palm trees – perfect for ball games and hide and seek!
- There’s also water fountains and toilet facilities nearby.
- Even your four-legged friend will love this spot, as there’s a large off-leash area where he can run around.
So shake off the last of the winter weather! When the sun’s shining, pack a picnic to enjoy a fun, free day out with friends and family.