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Lifestyle : Sydney Harbour in Spring
1HERSA1 S004 4 Friday, September 28, 2012 The Sydney M A feast for the eyes and appet A walk in the park . . . the Bradleys Head Amphitheatre has everything you need for a picnic --- swimming, panoramic views, drinking water and toilets. Photo: Robert Pearce Grab a rug and some grub and take to one of Melinda Ham's top five picturesque picnic spots. P icnics can be delightfully spontaneous affairs, in which you throw a few things together from the fridge or deli, or elaborately planned, with gourmet cuisine and a few bottles of bubbly. Whatever your preference, what better backdrop than Sydney Harbour? Here are five favourite spots. DUFF RESERVE, POINT PIPER Why here? Duff Reserve is a tiny postage stamp of a park on the northernmost tip of Point Piper. It offers breathtaking views past the Harbour Bridge and Opera House to the west, Milsons Point on the north side of the harbour and Shark Island in the middle. It's a miniature piece of public land nestled among some of the city's most expensive real estate. While there is a rundown shelter, there are no toilets. Bring drinking water. It's not possible to swim here, but for couples who want to relax, read the newspaper or admire the view, or families with babies, it's a quiet, intimate spot to get away from it all. This could also be a pit stop on the five-kilometre Rushcutters Bay to Rose Bay walk. Whereisit?Down steep steps from Wolseley Road, Point Piper. CASTLE ROCK BEACH, MIDDLE HARBOUR Why here? Castle Rock is a deliciously secluded, romantic spot with few visitors. It is accessed via steps from the 10-kilometre Spit Bridge to Manly walk. There's no shelter or toilets and you have to BYO everything, but the swimming, in shallow waters off a little beach, is superb. It's even been called Sydney's Bahamas, and you'll probably only be seen by passing luxury yachts. It's an ideal destination for couples, or families with kids who want a bit more adventure. A picnic at Castle Rock can be your main lunch stop on the well- signposted, easy-grade Spit Bridge to Manly walk along the Middle and North Harbour foreshores, glimpsing some beautiful waterfront homes and the untouched Sydney Harbour National Park. Whereisit?Off the Spit Bridge to Manly walk (also known as Manly Scenic Walkway), or by car, look for signage at the end of Ogilvy Road in Balgowlah Heights. PARSLEY BAY RESERVE, VAUCLUSE Why here? Parsley Bay Reserve is a peaceful little haven that's perfect for family picnics. It's in Vaucluse but away from the hustle of nearby Nielsen Park. This narrow inlet, with a grass area to throw a ball or frisbee, also has a wooden children's playground, picnic tables, toilets and a kiosk. The inlet ends in a small harbour beach with a shark net, making it great for snorkelling. A path leads to rock overhangs of honey-coloured Sydney sandstone, and you can walk over a cable suspension bridge to the other side. It has been a reserve since 1907, after locals campaigned to save it from development. This spot is particularly attractive for families with younger children. Whereisit?Off Hopetoun Avenue. BRADLEYS HEAD AMPHITHEATRE, BRADLEYS HEAD Why here? Bradleys Head Amphitheatre is an ideal location for energetic families or couples who want to feel part of Sydney Harbour and have a bushwalk to get there. You park your car at the Bradleys Head car park near Athol Hall, which used to be a popular dance venue in the 1860s. This peninsula of Sydney Harbour National Park was named after Lieutenant William Bradley, commander of HMS Sirius, the First Fleet's flagship. Walking down the bush path, you'll first reach the tripod foremast and control tower of HMAS Sydney, a World War I gunner that sunk the German warship Emden. Next, you'll descend the steps of an unusual amphitheatre built in 2000 for the film Mission Impossible II.Here you can picnic under a shady tree, lean against the sandstone cliff or jump off the stone jetty for a swim, all while admiring panoramic views. Drinking water and toilets are available at this location. Whereisit?Off Bradleys Head Road, Mosman. There is wheelchair access. YURULBIN PARK, BIRCHGROVE Why here? Yurulbin Park is on Long Nose Point, which juts into Sydney Harbour from southside Balmain. This former industrial site has been transformed into a tranquil reserve, with winding stone walkways and low-lying walls amid beds of native plants, plus memorable views across Sydney Harbour and back to the bridge. SPECIAL REPORT LEURA VILLAGE FAIR 6th & 7th OCTOBER 2012 Saturday (9.00am - 4.30pm) Sunday (9.00am - 3.30pm) A colourful street market of over 130 stalls set amongst the glorious blossoming cherry trees of Leura Mall. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Local Band - Belle Jar Blue Mountains band 'Belle Jar' will lend the markets a european flavour at 12pm and 2pm each day. www.leuravillage.com.au (Photos courtesy www.camillewalshphotography.com.au) iG5407959AA-280912
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