10 Scenic Picnic Spots in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: October 1, 2021

Not only is the Blue Mountains the perfect day trip destination to go hiking and to visit incredible lookout points, there are also lots of fantastic picnic spots where you can enjoy a lunch in the great outdoors.

We have shortlisted 10 of the most scenic picnic spots in the Blue Mountains, some easy to find with great facilities, and others a bit harder to get to but with fantastic views.

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1. Elizabeth Lookout Picnic Area

Picnic area at Elizabeth Lookout
Picnic area at Elizabeth Lookout

The Elizabeth Lookout is quietly hidden away in Glenbrook in the Lower Blue Mountains, with views extending to the city of Penrith and beyond.

The scenic picnic area is located right behind the lookout, with a sheltered area and a couple of tables at your convenience. There are no BBQ facilities though.

To get to this picnic area, you can either walk up from the Knapsack Bridge, which is very steep, or you can follow the easy walking trail starting from Barnet Street in Glenbrook.

Read our Lapstone Zig Zag walking track article for a more detailed outline of this fantastic walk plus highlights.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: Shelters, tables (lookouts and walks nearby).

2. Wentworth Falls Lake

Wentworth Falls Lake
Wentworth Falls Lake

Wentworth Falls Lake is a bit of a hidden gem in the Blue Mountains, and is mostly overlooked by tourists. It was created as a result of the damming of Jamison Creek, which flows into Jamison Valley via the Wentworth Falls waterfall further south.

The old railway dam has been decommissioned but the beautiful lake is still there and is now a popular recreational area for the locals.

The picnic area and playground are located on the southern shores of the lake, and can be accessed via Sinclair Crescent. There are plenty of parking options and the facilities are top notch.

Read more about Wentworth Falls Lake on the Blue Mountains City Council website.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: BBQs, shelters, tables, playground, toilets, wheel friendly, dogs on leash (lookouts and walks nearby).

3. Wentworth Falls Picnic Area

Wentworth Falls Lookout
Wentworth Falls Lookout

The Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is located on Sir H Burnell Drive opposite the Jamison Lookout overlooking Jamison Valley. It’s a spacious picnic area, with various tables, barbecue facilities, toilets, and a carpark.

What’s great about having a picnic at the Wentworth Falls picnic area is that you can combine a good feed with one or more of the many beautiful lookout points and walking tracks nearby. Please do note though that weekends tend to get very busy there, as it’s one of the tourist hot spots.

Have a look at our guide with all Wentworth Falls walks and lookouts for a complete list of things to see and do in this area.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: BBQs, shelters, tables, toilets, wheel friendly (lookouts and walks nearby).

4. Lincoln’s Rock

Lincoln's Rock
Lincoln’s Rock

Lincoln’s Rock, on the Kings Tableland plateau south of Wentworth Falls, is one of the most panoramic lookout points in the Blue Mountains, offering incredible views of the Jamison Valley and beyond.

It’s a rather large and open area, so you should be able to find a nice spot to sit down for a picnic. While there are no facilities, the fantastic views do make up for that, and that’s what a picnic in the outdoors is all about.

Read our Lincoln’s Rock and Kings Tableland article for a more detailed description of this beautiful spot including nearby walks.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: None, but lots of space to sit down, and excellent views.

5. Gordon Falls Reserve

Picnic area at Gordon Falls Reserve
Picnic area at Gordon Falls Reserve

Gordon Falls Reserve is a quiet green space in Leura with various walking tracks, waterfalls, and lookout points nearby to explore.

The picnic area is located on Lone Pine Avenue with a small carpark right next to it. The facilities are great, with a couple of sheltered areas and tables, a playground, and a large grassy area to enjoy.

From Gordon Falls Reserve, you have the option to do the walking track to a small waterfall at the Pool of Siloam, or you can go the other direction and explore the Gordon Falls lookout.

Have a look at our Pool of Siloam and Lyrebird Dell article for a more detailed outline of this fascinating walking track plus highlights.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: BBQs, shelters, tables, playground, wheel friendly, dogs on leash (lookouts and walks nearby).

6. Leura Cascades Picnic Area

Picnic area at Leura Cascades
Picnic area at Leura Cascades

One of the most popular and most scenic picnic spots in the Blue Mountains is the Leura Cascades picnic area, which has been around for well over a hundred years.

And for good reason, because not only is this a peaceful and scenic area, it is also the starting point of an exciting and family friendly bush walking track to a panoramic lookout point.

Check out our Leura Cascades article for a more detailed description of this beautiful spot plus nearby walking tracks and lookouts.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: Shelters, tables, toilets (lookouts and walks nearby).

7. Minnehaha Falls Reserve

Picnic area at Minnehaha Falls Reserve
Picnic area at Minnehaha Falls Reserve

The picnic area at Minnehaha Falls Reserve is located at the very end of Minni Ha Ha Road in North Katoomba. There you will find a carpark and a large grassy area with a couple of picnic tables.

The reserve, which has been around since late 19th century, is best known for the waterfall that goes by the same name. A 3km return bush walking track, starting from the picnic area, will get you to that waterfall, passing through scenic bushland.

Have a look at our Minnehaha Falls article for a detailed outline of the walking track to this beautiful waterfall.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: Shelters, tables (walking track and waterfall nearby).

8. Katoomba Cascades Picnic Area

Picnic area at Katoomba Cascades
Picnic area at Katoomba Cascades

The picnic area next to Katoomba Cascades is a scenic grassy area with various picnic tables. It’s a great spot, with the cascades and a short walking track to a beautiful lookout point to explore.

Please do note though that the Katoomba Cascades area can get very busy on the weekends, as it’s located near all the major tourist highlights. There are various other open picnic areas nearby to visit though, such as Katoomba Falls Reserve, in case it gets too busy.

Check out our Katoomba Cascades article for a more detailed guide to this beautiful water spectacle plus nearby walking trails and lookouts.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: BBQs, tables, playground, toilets, wheel friendly, dogs on leash (lookouts and walks nearby).

9. Govetts Leap Lookout Picnic Area

Picnic area at Govetts Leap Lookout
Picnic area at Govetts Leap Lookout

The Govetts Leap Lookout is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Blackheath region of the Blue Mountains.

The lookout itself offers panoramic views of the Grose Valley, with a couple of bushwalks nearby to further explore the area. The picnic area at Govetts Leap has plenty of tables available, including a couple of sheltered seating areas.

Read our Govetts Leap article for more pictures of this incredible lookout point plus nearby walks and waterfalls.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: Shelters, tables, wheel friendly (lookouts and walks nearby).

10. Walls Lookout

Walls Lookout
Walls Lookout

Did we save the best for last? The Walls Lookout as a picnic spot is for those with an adventurous mindset, as there are no facilities, but the views of the valley and the surrounding area are incredible.

The walking track to the Walls Lookout can be accessed via Bells Line of Road in the Mount Wilson region of the Blue Mountains.

The lookout is essentially a large open area facing Grose Valley, with various spots where you can lay down your picnic blanket for a lovely few hours.

Check out our Walls Lookout article for a detailed description of the beautiful walking track to this incredible vantage point.

Where: Google maps location.
Facilities: None, but lots of space to sit down, and incredible views.
 

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