The Ultimate Picnic For Two

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In a city as evergreen and sunny as Sydney, a picnic is a perfect romantic date. Picnic dates are fun, outdoorsy rendezvous to suit any budget and any stage of your relationship, from brand-new-butterflies to an old hat (just kidding, lovebirds)!

The trick to a perfect picnic is to find postcard views, selecting a good wine, packing yummy food, and creating the atmosphere of a jolly holiday – where the world melts away and it’s just the two of you. To really come out on top, why not order one of Pop-Up Picnic’s pre-packed baskets, they even include the rug!

Here are some of the top picnic spots around town:

BOTANIC GARDENS

“Pleasure-seekers Apply Within”

Where Mrs Macquarie’s Rd, Sydney

Oh! The paradisiacal delights of Sydney’s Botanical Gardens are just the place for a romantic romp. Filled with sensory teasers, this is a picnic for pleasure-seekers who will get a little punch drunk (no, it’s not the rosé, it’s the herbaceous aromas). Entry is free and you are enveloped in views of the harbour. And with the Art Gallery of NSW and Opera House nearby, you can spend a day of culture gorging and feeding each other peeled grapes in lush grounds.

Bring with you: Rosé to sip, strawberries and decadent dipping chocolate for an aphrodisiac overload.

MCKELL PARK

“My Historical Romance”

Where: Darling Point Rd, Darling Point

Wander into a place of whimsy and nostalgia. This place is enough to make you want to pack a white parasol and load up the carriage. McKell Park is a historical hideaway, right on the habourfront, and reachable by bus or ferry. The view is swoon-worthy and the perfect location for a courtship to last the ages. In the middle is Canonbury Cottage, former home to vaudeville entrepreneur Harry Rickards and his trapeze artist wife. Unpack your picnic treats on the water’s edge, then take a refreshing dip in the harbour together.

Bring with you: Cucumber sandwiches or a crusty loaf of bread and a BBQ chicken, a thermos of flavoured tea and lamingtons.

GOVERNOR PHILLIP PARK

“A Soap Opera Affair”

Where: Off Beach Road, Northern end of the Peninsula, Palm Beach

Mushy romantics around the world tune into the antics of Summer Bay residents every day. Channel some of those love suds on the white stretches of Palm Beach. If you don’t mind a bit of sand between the toes, the beach itself is lovely, but for barbecues and toilets, Governor Phillip Park has everything you need. If other picnickers are distracting you from your best jokes or sweetest compliments, seek divine intervention and take a stroll to…

THE BIBLE GARDEN

“Heaven Is When I’m With You”

Where; 6a Mitchell Rd, Palm Beach

Overlooking the top of the southern headland, the Bible Garden might be just the place you need to head if things are moving a little fast. It was the labour of love by a passionate Christian who travelled to Israel and Palestine in the 1960s to acquire 143 “biblical plants”. Aside from a quirky history, the park is blissfully serene and popular for weddings. Bring cameras for the show-stopping views.

Bring with you: Barbecue-able treats, fresh salads and beer or cider for a breezy buzz. Remember sunscreen and towels!

COCKATOO ISLAND

“A Groovy Kind of Love”

Where: Sydney Harbour

Now this is a date to impress. Accessible only by boat, your paramour can make an entrance via water taxi, a hired/private boat or by ferry, which is only $2.50 on a Sunday! You cannot bring booze along but all the things you need for a decidedly hip day (WiFi, bar, food, entertainment, BBQs, historical audio tour) are available on this UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you’ll never hit a lull in the banter. There are even “glamping” options, if things are going well (must be pre-booked).

Bring with you: Cool sunnies, Instagram and your wallet.

WENDY’S SECRET GARDEN

“The Artful Pursuer”

Where: Lavender St, Lavender Bay

For a coupling concerned with aesthetics, a picnic in this enchanted garden is a rollercoaster of emotions. Wendy’s Secret Garden is a monument to heartbreak, overlooking the skyscrapers that line the northern foreshore. Created by the widow and muse of artist Brett Whitely (their relationship was celebrated as Australia’s F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald). When he died, she transformed wastelands into secluded spaces circled by meandering paths, sculptures and Moreton Bay fig trees. An epic testament to love.

Bring with you: Lavish bread, antipasti, lovely rich cheeses and a good red wine, for a little extravagance.

CENTENNIAL PARK

“Foxes and Hounds”

Where: Corner Grand Drive and Parkes Drive, Woollahra

360 hectares of wide-open parklands for cycling, walking, ducks and swans, horse-riding and languid lakeside dining, await you and your lover. This magical place has seen generations of Sydneysiders come to woo and been wooed. Under the shade of ancient trees, you’re just a hop skip and jump from the iconic Oxford Street, yet you’ll feel miles away from anywhere. This is quintessential picnic territory, all year round.

Bring with you: Why not pop a celebratory cork? Chips, dips and tasting platters are in order, to graze over in the sunshine.

Or why not let Pop-Up Picnics cater the whole affair? Their delicious, pre-packed baskets take the fuss out of a splendid way to spend time together, ensuring that you enjoy a memorable picnic for two!

Got a favourite picnic spot in your city? Let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation @eHarmony_AU or on Facebook.com/eHarmonyaustralia.


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