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The region’s best off the beaten track picnic spots

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The Hunter is peppered with perfect picnic possies – many with views to die for… from the ever-popular King Edward Park to Foreshore Park, Speers Point Park and Blackbutt Reserve.

But, what about the lesser-known spots – the Hunter’s hidden gems.

Newcastle photographer David Diehm shares his favourite places to lay out a blanket and soak up the scene.

Picnic Hotspots. Photo: David Diehm

Hunter Lookout

Location:  Heaton State Forest

As a family we love exploring and connecting with nature, so for us a bushwalk and picnic as a family is a regular weekend occurrence. We enjoy getting off the beaten path a little and finding new places. Our kids really enjoy spending time in the bush, and we enjoy watching them learn and connect with mother nature. For that reason, Hunter Lookout is one of our favourite locations to visit. The bush and bird sounds here are relaxing and the vistas out over the Hunter Valley, Pokolbin Range and lower Barringtons is just spectacular.

Picnic Hotspots. Photo: David Diehm

Leggy Point Loop (Elvis Rock)

Location: Glenrock Sate Conservation Area

The popular Leichhardt’s Lookout sits high above Flaggy Creek with views that span out across the lagoon. My favourite vantage point in Glenrock is one you’re not going to find marked on a map. Starting just above the Scout Camp, taking the Leggy Point Loop walking track you emerge at a large rocky outcrop sitting high on the southern side of the lagoon. Named Elvis Rock, the location offers expansive views out over the lagoon and to the northeast. A favourite sunrise location on a perfect summer’s morning. 

Picnic Hotspots. Photo: David Diehm

Green Point Reserve – Sea Eagle lookout

Location: Valentine, Lake Macquarie

This is a local vantage point for us, with no shortage of room for the kids to run around and play. Green Point Reserve is also a spot that provides a breathtaking panoramic view to the southwest of Lake Macquarie and relatively close to home. As a family we love trying to spot the local sea eagle whenever we’re visiting this magical spot.

David Diehm
Snap: Newcastle hobby photographer David Diehm. Photo: Peter Stoop

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