Did someone say picnic?
Grab the picnic rug, some group-friendly games, a fishing rod if you’re so inclined. Pop into one of the Central Coast's amazing delis, bakeries, and cafes to stock up on all your goodies for a deluxe picnic (or even better, speak to Elixir Journey’s to have them organise all of this for you).
We have an abundance of nature for you to explore here on the Central Coast, from headland to hinterland we've scoped out some of the less popular picnic spots for you to explore.
The Surf Break Picnic
Munmorah State Conservation Area
The Munmorah State Conservation Area has several pristine beaches including popular surf break Frazer Beach. This is the furthest north spot we are highlighting today and with the breath-taking views, we locals have really kept it on the down-low how great it really is. Between the tropical rainforest vibes, you get at the Palms Picnic Area is surrounded by umm… palms. If you have the energy put the walking shoes on and head to the Wybung Head Lookout and Snapper Point.
The family fun day picnics – Norah Head.
With two picturesque reserves to choose from you can return for a second trip!
Jenny Dixon Reserve
J.D has plenty of space to kick a ball around and larger groups can spread out. For those up for the challenge, J.D has her own stairs – a whole 132 to be exact. When you make it down you will find a great beach, especially with the kids who can explore the rock platforms. One last thing, once you have finished enjoying the beach you will have to venture back up those stairs.
Bush Street Reserve
Another great picnic destination and just around the corner, Bush Street Reserve features panoramic views to the north and the west and you're spoilt with those vast azure waters ahead. From this reserve, you will connect to 1.1km Headland Nature Trail to Norah Head Lighthouse. The area boasts some of the unique flora and fauna that is found on the Central Coast and is maintained by some of the friendliest and most informed volunteers who are always up for a chat. Once at the Lighthouse, continue down the front stairs to Nimbin Beach around to the rock pool, then head back up the stairs to Bush Street Reserve.
The Historic Picnic
Alison Homestead, Wyong
This one comes with a small entry fee but how often are you able to take a picnic to a homestead dating back to 1825 without even leaving the Central Coast. The Wyong District Museum & Historical Society maintains the grounds and the small on-site museum for you to check out. There is plenty of grassy space for you to pull up a mat and enjoy a small slice of history and some lunch! Oh, and because you’re in the area anyway. Maybe a stop to Daily Dough Co. at Wyong Milk Factory or maybe Marshmallow Co. over at the Chapman Building.
Henry Kendall Cottage, West Gosford
Owned and maintained by Brisbane Water Historical Society. This 2.5 acres of space in West Gosford is home to the historic Henry Kendall Cottage. With a small fee, you can use all the facilities on the grounds (eclectic BBQs included) and experience another pocket of history here on the Coast. Originally built by convicts it was once the home to Central Coast’s own pioneer and poet – Henry Kendall, which you can learn more about when you go inside the house and explore the memorabilia.
The Sunset Picnic
Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve
Personal recommendation for this picnic spot is to go there for a late afternoon/sunset picnic. The Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve runs the length of the suburb, with cycle paths, playgrounds spotted along the route, and designated picnic spots with BBQs – you can’t help but find yourself wandering down those Long Jettys. Facing west the sunsets here at spectacular and with the calm waters with a scattering of pelicans and other birds the serenity of dusk is the perfect way to unwind with a picnic.
The Kid’s picnic
Canton Beach Foreshore is ideal for a picnic with the kids. With a large playground to run the kids’ energy out and sandstone blocks that allow for more climbing and parents to relax is the right balance of on and off-duty picnicking! Overlooking Tuggerah Lake, you could even venture out for a Kayak or Paddleboard if you had the energy.
The Whale/People Watching picnic
Wyrrabalong National Park (Crackneck Point)
For those who were a teenager on the coast, Crackneck Point may conjure some memories, and I suggest that you revisit the space and truly appreciate the beauty. Being perfectly located for whale watching season and perched high on the crest between Foresters Beach and Bateau Bay this picnic area is another great spot to enjoy with friends. Most days you will find hang gliders launching from the lookout which is sometimes more nerve-wracking for those watching than those partaking. If you’re up for a challenge, you can get the Crackneck Point via the Coastal Walk (either south of north ends) or you can easily drive there for a more relaxing start to the picnic.
The Day-Date Picnic
The tranquillity of Somersby Falls situated in a rainforest features multiple waterfalls and cascading steps down into the gully. You are usually able to find your own quiet spot on the waters-edge and be uninterrupted in your afternoon of lazing around and having a refreshing swim. With designated picnic areas you can have a more structured picnic here too, however, there is something quite lovely about the sound of the waterfalls and your feet in the water to let an afternoon drift away.
With fresh air, beautiful scenery, and lush grounds scattered around our glorious Central Coast – make time to pack a picnic this weekend and start exploring somewhere you may have not ventured before.