A Day in Brooklyn, NSW

Brooklyn Sydney view from Upper McKell Park

If you are looking for a peaceful day out that includes picnicking, walking and swimming then put Brooklyn NSW on the to do list. This laid back town located around 50kms north of Sydney’s CBD is a popular spot for visitors with its relaxing views and vibe.

If you haven’t been to Brooklyn before, here’s our suggestions on the best FREE things to do.

1. Picnic at Upper McKell Park

Upper McKell Park is a peaceful place to enjoy a picnic

McKell Park is a central point for visitors looking to picnic at Brooklyn. The upper level park is very peaceful and has great facilities including toilets, free BBQ’s, great views, picnic tables and large grassy areas to enjoy. There are a couple of ways from up here to access the lower park including a short walk ‘The Federation Walk’ which is worth doing.

To find the upper level park, as you thread your way through the village of Brooklyn you will come to Dangar Road and the Marina. Once you reach the Marina you can either go straight ahead to the carpark at Lower McKell Park (see below) or veer up to the right and to the carpark and picnic area of Upper McKell Park. There is also a large overflow carpark up here if the lower carpark is full.

Address: William Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083

2. Swim in the enclosed tidal pool at Lower McKell Park

Brooklyn Tidal Pool is popular with visitors

The tidal pool is such a brilliant way to cool off on a hot day. It has a small sandy beach which is perfect for small kids. It is surrounded by a boardwalk (take care jumping in!). There are tables and BBQ’s in the area and also toilets. The area is exposed with limited seating so bring some shade if you can.

Address: Karoola Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083

3. Enjoy the playground at Lower McKell Park

Perfect spot for the kids

The playground at Lower McKell Park is a favourite with locals and visitors. The park features swings, climbing frame and a slide. There are seats for parents to relax on. The only downside is that the park does not have a shade cover.

Address: Karoola Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083

4. Enjoy a foreshore walk from Flat Rock Point to Parsley Bay

Enjoy the scenic walk to Parsley Bay

This easy walk starts at Flat Rock (which is to the right of the tidal pool) and extends around the corner to Parsley Bay. The walk is flat and level making it easy for all age groups and fitness levels. To do the walk simply head to the right of the tidal pool and follow the path around to Parsley Bay. At Parsley Bay visitors can enjoy looking for pelicans and the views. On your return loop back you may wish to head up to Upper McKell Park via the Federation Walk. Look for the staircase heading up as you approach the tidal pool.

Address: Karoola Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083

5. Go fishing

Brooklyn Sydney Fishing

Not a bad spot to contemplate life

Brooklyn (and Parsley Bay) is a popular fishing spot. Make sure, of course, that you have the appropriate fishing license.

Address: Karoola Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083

6. Visit the Mangrove Boardwalk

Easy way to get your nature fix

The Brooklyn Mangrove Boardwalk is easily missed if you don’t know its location. You will find it at Brooklyn Park on Brooklyn Road (across the road from the public primary school).

The Mangrove Boardwalk is a great walk for little legs or for those looking for an easy walk through nature. The walk is quite short but with a few turns and some scenic rest spots it is worth it. Make sure to look out for the tiny mud crabs. There is also a playground, tennis courts, skate ramp and toilets in Brooklyn Park.

Address: Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn NSW 2083

7. Visit Kangaroo Point

Enjoy a seat with a view

Kangaroo Point was given a face-lift in 2014 by Hornsby Council. The area now provides a great stop off point on the way to Brooklyn to see amazing views of the Hawkesbury River and the Brooklyn Bridge. There are toilets, picnic tables, grassy spots and bench chairs available.

Address: 1420 Pacific Highway, Brooklyn NSW 2083 (lookout for the sign to Kangaroo Point Boat Ramp)

Freedays summary

  • Entry: Free
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes
  • Free carparking: Yes
  • Free BBQ facilities: Yes
  • Time to spend here: All day
  • Food available: Yes
  • Address: Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn NSW 2083
  • Further details: www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/lifestyle/

Do you have any other places to put on the must see list when in Brooklyn, NSW?



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