Rediscovering Sydney as the Giant Idyllic Picnic Ground She Is

We know that Sydney can put on a hell of a show, but if you’ve lived here your whole life, you’ve probably seen the production more times than you care to. So now that we’ve recovered from the mild PTSD of having nothing to do but go on picnics for nearly three years, we feel it’s about time to remember why we love them again! Let’s do picnics Good Day People style, and remember why they’re such a hit here in the first place!

The most obvious Sydney location for a picnic is surely Royal Botanic Gardens. Ideal for first date (or any date) picnics, proposal picnics, social picnics and even solo picnics. A hamper like Brilliant Bianca would be optimal for a picnic in the Botanical Gardens. Worthy of a proposal, with a bottle of Bollinger Champagne, Fleurieu olives, Bahen & Co Guatemala chocolate, and Wondaree Macademias. All we we suggest you bring is a coupl’a David Jones Food Hall’s finest cheeses…and the ring!

The Northern Beaches offers many places that are idyllic for a picnic. Particularly around the Pittwater area, our pick is Bayview or Clareville for a somewhat secluded, beachside picnic. Dependable Dave is a perfect accompaniment to a lazy Northern Beaches picnic. Loaded with tinnies from Garage Project Bliss, Colonial Brewing Co Pale Ale, Philter Brewing Co XPA, and Freshwater Brewing Company Freshie Pils, Bahen & Co Guatemala chocolate, Fleurieu olives, Nuts-About garlic and rosemary cashews, and Falwasser Natural Charcoal Crispbread…it’s as though it was made for the insular Peninsular! 

Wahroongah Park, especially around autumn time, is not to be missed! The park is huge and covered in trees whose leaves turn stunning shades of red, golden yellow and brown at that time of year. With gazebos sprinkled around the area, we’ve known many a photo shoot to take place here - no reason your next picnic can’t! In keeping with the pedigree of the North Shore, a hamper like Gourmet Greg would go down a treat at a picnic in Wahroongah Park. A bottle of Minimum wine (red or white of your choosing), Drunken Sailor Beetroot and Gin Relish, Olsson’s X Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin Salt, Bramble & Hedge Chai, Wild Fig & Raspberry nougat, and Maya Sunny Honey: Macadamia Crunch.

For those who are located south of the bridge, you really can’t look past Royal National Park. While Wedding Cake Rock is no​​t accessible to the public anymore (and not really ideal for picnics anyway), the gigantic national park has many pockets that make for a great spot to park your picnic basket (or Good Day People hampers Sydney)! Foodie Frank has got you sorted with Mount Zero olive oil, Olsson’s X Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin Salt, Good Day chocolate, Misty’s Salted Caramel, and Bomb Ass Chilli Oil. Honestly, a loaf of sourdough and a bottle of wine is all you need to complete the culinary picture!

Parramatta Park boasts some beautiful picnic spots for anyone who hails from the west, right alongside the Parramatta River! Snacky Jackie is a great Good Day People hamper option for a picnic out with the girls! With a bottle of wine (red, white, non-alcoholic or Pet Nat), Ferm Living Ripple Carafe Set, Taylor & Smith cocktail, Mount Zero olives, Messina Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, and Bahen & Co Guatemala chocolate, spill the tea while you drink the wine!

If you were to picnic in the east and not go to Bondi, you’d be burned at the stake! Of the Good Day People hampers Sydney, we think Sharer Sarah is one fitting of an eastern suburbs alfresco experience. You’re set for booze with a bottle of wine (red, white or rosé of your choosing), Taka Gin, Mr Black Espresso Martini. To soak it up we’ve included Bramble & Hedge Sticky Date Caramel Nougat, Wondaree macadamias, a Maison Blanche Candle (leave this one out of the picnic basket!), Good Day Chocolate, and a packet of Fluffe. 

NB: If drinking alcohol, make sure that the area you’ve chosen to picnic does not have alcohol restrictions!