Top local picnic spots in Newcastle

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.

  1. 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.
  1. Seaside sunshine

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.
  1. 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.
  1. Kids paradise

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.
  1. 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.