8 Top Picnic Spots in Lane Cove

Want to know where to have a picnic in Lane Cove on a weekend, public holiday or even after work during daylight savings?  Check out our top choices for a picnic in the Lane Cove Council Area below.

By the way, if you want information on our larger parks with playgrounds – click here as we have all the info on parks and playgrounds in Lane Cove.   You can also check out our page dedicated to parks and playgrounds here.

You can always have a picnic in The Canopy green area but if you want to explore other parts of Lane Cove here are some options.

Our cover photo is Mindarie Park Lane Cove North.

Aquatic Park – Mary Street Longueville

Aquatic Park is located in Longueville with stunning views of the Lane Cove River. It has recently been upgraded and has a BBQ facility. This park is worth visiting just for the stunning views.

Aquatic Park
Aquatic Park

Burns Bay Reserve – Lane Cove West

Burns Bay Reserve Lane Cove is accessed via Kooyong Road, off Riverview Street, Lane Cove.  It is a peaceful spot by the water with playground and sports grounds.  More details here.

Burns Bay Reserve has a boat ramp that is inaccessible at low tide.

Toilet:  Yes and change rooms.
BBQ’s: Not at the moment – there were some BBQ’s but Sydney Water is doing some work so access to the BBQ has been removed.
Shade: No shade clothes or pavilions, however there is plenty of shade as the trees are all mature.
Water Bubblers: Yes
Coffee Facilities: No – however ITC recommends that you stop at the Riverview Shops before going to the park or you can go to Centro near Hughes Park after your walk for a coffee easy to walk to.
Parking: Yes
Defliberator:  Yes
Play Equipment They is a flying fox, swings and other play equipment.
Sportsground Facilities: Burns Bay Reserve is a large flat area.  Soccer is played on the ground during winter. There is a basketball hoop and practice tennis wall.  The playground area is located near the sports area.

Mindarie Park – Lane Cove North

Located in Mindarie Street Lane Cove North this park is a must-visit.  There is a fenced-off playground area for younger kids, a basketball area for older kids and more. See our full review here.

Toilet:  Yes and change room – outside gated area
BBQ’s: Yes – outside gated area
Shade: Shade Umbrellas
Water Bubblers: Yes
Coffee Facilities: Yes
Parking: Yes, Street parking
Ages  All ages with a gated playground for younger kids and a playground near the basket ball court for older kids.  There is also Seniors Exercise Equipment
Soft Play: Yes
Gated: The Playground is gated.

Hughes Park – 314 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove West

Hughes Park has everything you need for a picnic everything you need. It has BBQ facilities, playground equipment for little and big kids and outdoor fitness equipment. You will love this park. Also if you forget anything Centro Lane Cove West is open 24/7 and you just whip across the street and buy something.  More details here.

hughes park climbing wall

Blackman Park – Lloyd Rees Drive Lane Cove West

What can we say? This park has it all. A bike track, fitness equipment, BBQ area, toilets and plenty of green space to run around.

Tambourine Bay Park – Riverview

This park has it all. If you love bush walking, there are some nice tracks to walk along. It also has some beautiful river views. The park has:

  • Children’s play equipment
  • Electric BBQ facilities
  • Picnic facilities
  • Toilets (including disabled access)
  • Parking (on-street parking available via Tambourine Bay Road and Kallaroo Road)

paint our river tambourine bay

There is also a lovely bush walk that many people do and it is family-friendly (but not pram friendly – details here)

Longueville Reserve – Stuart Street Longueville 

This park is a painter’s paradise with fabulous water views of the city.  It is a gently sloping grassed area with large trees overlooking Lane Cove River.  We have also seen some lovely weddings here.  in 2021 the playground equipment was upgraded (but not fenced) – so if you have young kids you really need to keep your eyes on them.

Facilities available:

  • Children’s play equipment
  • Electric BBQ facilities
  • Picnic seating
  • Parking (on-street in Stuart Street)

There are no toilets, however, there are some located a short walk to Aquatic Park, near Longueville public wharf.

Stringybark Creek Reserve – Murray Street Lane Cove North

The park accessed in Murray Street is a shaded, grassed area with tall trees.


  • BBQ facilities
  • Children’s play equipment (Murray Street)
  • Cricket nets
  • Picnic facilities

A tennis practice wall is also on-site. There is limited access to on-street parking. Popular bushwalks can take you along Stringybark Creek, starting from this Reserve.

The Council in December 2021 upgraded the children’s playground.

Honourable Mention – Central Park Longueville

If you want a shady spot to catch up with friends, surrounded by beautiful trees, a rose garden and the sound of tennis coming from the Lane Cove Tennis Club then head to central park.  Kids can still run around but this is more an “adult” picnic spot.  ITC takes our trestle table and camping chairs and sets up under the trees and watches the world go by.  Central Park is located right next to The Longueville Sporting Club aka The Diddy.  Mr Doggy ITC also enjoys it.


So that is our pick of the top 8 picnic spots.  Which spot is your favourite?  Which spot would you add to the list?  Comment below or email us at [email protected]

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