What’s the only thing better than a picnic? A picnic with a twist! When a little unexpected rain was added to the mix, here’s how a group of our favorite Sydney creatives used a little improvisation to make the day even more fun than planned!

Great coffee, excellent food, a tempting array of homewares + 6 creative kindred spirits were more than enough to compensate for the day’s grey skies and puddles. It was even easy to believe the rain was just a styling prop under the keen eye of photographer Erika Raxworthy.

Read on for all the inspiration you’ll need to host a weekend field trip of your own, rain or shine!

Sydney Ferry

Fittingly, our picnic began in perfect view of that most famous gateway to the north side, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


First stop was at Anvil Coffee Co at Kirribilli Ferry Wharf, which has to be one of the most incredible locations for a caffeine fix ever!


Next we picked up sourdough baguettes and fresh flowers from local stores in Kirribilli’s shopping village.


Before we knew it, it was time to hotfoot it to Chatswood Chase shopping centre to check out the newest west elm store (and meet the rest of the family: Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids + Williams-Sonoma).


We tasted Sydney’s best ice-cream at the special Gelato Messina cart set up outside the new Williams-Sonoma store. The artisan gelato makers had specially created unique ice-cream flavours in honour of our opening at Chatswood Chase, including a west elm NY ice cream sandwich using Brooklyn-inspired Fair Trade espresso gelato and chewy white chocolate and macadamia cookies. While there, we even picked up a few picnic essentials from west elm.


Finally it was time for our ultimate picnic destination, the Incinerator café. The striking 1930s architecture of the Willoughby Incinerator building is the work of one of Australia’s most important architects, Chicago-born Walter Burley Griffin.


Surrounded by Walter Burley Griffin’s inspiring design, we laid out our props and picnicked table-high on sandwiches of pulled pork and smoked salmon, chicken quinoa salad and roasted Dutch carrot salad. There were also bubbles in honour of our celebration, and – what else – flaky-sweet cronuts to finish!



Another highlight of the day was the impromptu embellishment of the take-home treat bags by freestyling calligrapher @dandymoon.


And as if that wasn’t fun enough, we were even treated to a picture-perfect finish in the form of a rainbow as our ferry sailed into the wharf bound for home.


Thanks to our fun-loving guests Erika RaxJasmin WongEmma DuckworthSneh RoyKirsty Reive, and Jessica Ruscoe.

Images by Erika Raxworthy.

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