Como Marina Boat Hire
2 Cremona Road, Como
T: 02 9528 3033
Set on the edge of the Georges River, visitors to Como will be treated to spectacular views, waterfront dining and secluded picnic spots.
Como Pleasure Grounds were established in 1895 and the promise of the precinct remains intact, as it remains one of the top spots for a riverside picnic. More than a century later, the park serves as an idyllic backdrop to your day, with the dappled waters of the Georges River still a major drawcard.
Parents in-the-know rise early and pack the skateboards and scooters so their children can do the loop around to the Como Swimming Complex, the free public baths that are only open in summer. The tidal baths are located on the river below the swimming complex and worth splashing about in over summer.
If it's too cold to swim, stake out a table so you can stay and play all day at the playground that hugs the knoll on the banks of the Georges River. As for the many pleasures on offer at Como Pleasure Grounds, it starts with that juxtaposition of water alongside pretty native gardens, barbecues, tables and seating areas as well as an entertaining playground for the kids. Budding boaties can also hire a pleasure craft from the marina, which is the gateway to the Georges River.
The Como Marina is another romantic setting overlooking the river. Time your visit for the second Sunday of the month where you can book brunch at the Como Marina Café and then have a wander around the waterfront markets. The masses swarm to this monthly market mingling amid the food stalls such as Bring the Falafel and Istanbul Street Bazaar, which sells ceramics.
Active types will also enjoy a light jog over the Como Bridge all the way to Oatley, the leafy suburb that also has breathtaking views of the river. The Como Bridge was built in 1885 and once used as the rail link across the Georges River. It's the longest single-track lattice girder bridge in NSW and is an accessible walk for families with young children in tow.
A sweet way to conclude your day in Como would be to head to the historic Como Hotel which locals claim was a favourite haunt of bush poet Henry Lawson, who lived in the small town during the 1900s. Drift off into a poetic reverie of your own over pub grub such as the salt and pepper squid or crisp pork belly with caramelised carrot and cumin puree.
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