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Our guide to the best picnic spots across the Central Coast

Grab the picnic rug, some group-friendly games, and 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 Journeys to have them organise all of this for you). 

the central coasts best picnic spots

We have an abundance of nature here on the Central Coast, from headland to hinterland we've scoped out some of the best picnic spots for you to explore.

Alison Homestead

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, why not stop by Wyong Milk Factory or Daily Dough Co?
Where: 1 Cape Rd, Wyong

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 spoiled with those vast azure waters ahead. From this reserve, you will connect to the 1.1km Headland Nature Trail to Norah Head Lighthouse.

The area boasts some of the unique flora and fauna 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.
Where: 8 Bush St, Norah Head

Canton Beach Foreshore

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 have the energy. 
Where: 23A Beach Pde, Canton Beach

Henry Kendall Cottage

This 2.5 acres of space in West Gosford is home to the historic Henry Kendall Cottage. For a small fee, you can use all the facilities on the grounds (electric 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.
Where: 25 Henry Kendall St, West Gosford

Jenny Dixon Reserve 

Jenny Dixon Reserve has plenty of space to kick a ball around and for larger groups to spread out. For those up for the challenge, Jenny Dixon Reserve has its own stairs – a whole 132 to be exact.

When you make it down you will find a great beach, especially for the kids who can explore the rock platforms.
Where: Park St, Norah Head

Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve

The Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve runs the length of the suburb, with cycle paths and 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 are spectacular and, with the calm waters and a scattering of pelicans and other birds, the serenity of dusk is the perfect way to unwind with a picnic.
Where: 103A Tuggerah Pde, Long Jetty

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 for this picnic list and with the breathtaking views, 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 palms. If you have the energy, put the walking shoes on and head to the Wybung Head Lookout and Snapper Point.
Where: Birdie Beach Dr, Freemans

Somersby Falls [closed for upgrades – reopen 5 July]

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 water's edge and enjoy an uninterrupted afternoon 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.
Where: Somersby Falls Walking Track, Somersby

Strickland State Forest

The Strickland State Forest is the ecotourism gem of the Central Coast. Home to an impressive diversity of flora and fauna, Strickland State Forest is the perfect spot to pull out a picnic and enjoy the surrounding natural environment.
Where: Strickland Forest Rd, Somersby

the central coasts best picnic spots

Wyrrabalong National Park (Crackneck Point)

Being perfectly located for whale watching season and perched high on the crest between Forresters 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 to Crackneck Point via the Coastal Walk (either south or north ends) or you can easily drive there for a more relaxing start to the picnic.
Where: Wyeeabalong Coastal Walk, Bateau Bay

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.