Located on the banks of the Port Hacking River, Swallow Rock Reserve is the perfect place for some outdoor fun. Situated at Grays Point in Sydney's south, the reserve is a great place for a family picnic, or simply a place to relax and look out onto the breathtaking views of the river.
The Port Hacking River
Although the park itself is not huge, the main attraction is the calm waters of the Port Hacking River. The park is a great place to launch a kayak, as the water is relatively still and shallow. This also means that it is the perfect location for families with small children as the water is much shallower and safer than you will find at a local beach.
One of the grass areas of the reserve. Perfect for picnics with the family.
The facilities at the park include shared barbecue areas and seating, as well as toilets. There is also an easy access boat ramp and pontoon, along with ample parking for cars and trailers as well.
The Swallow Rock Pontoon
One concern I had with this park is that there is nowhere to hire kayaks, which is a shame as this the perfect spot to explore the river on a kayak. The latter can be seen by the locals who flock here on the weekends to do just that.
One of the shared barbecue facilities at the park
The park can get busy on the weekends, especially when the weather is warm. I recommend going early if you are hoping to get a good picnic spot, or so you don't have to wait to use the boat ramp. Fishing along the rocks or by the waters edge is also a popular activity for those who visit the park.
Although there are no food facilities located within the park itself, however at the top of Swallow Rock Drive before you enter the reserve there are a group of shops which include a general store and cafe.
The calm water is perfect for kayaks
Where: Grays Point NSW, 2232.
Why: Great for family picnics, fishing and kayaking.
When: Swallow Rock is a great place to visit all year round however, as there is little shelter provided within the park, visiting when it is not raining is recommended.