With beautiful parks, walking tracks and lookouts there’s always somewhere new to explore in Sydney. We’ve put together a list of the perfect places to head for a BBQ, so grab some sausages and a loaf of bread and get ready to cook up a feast.
Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills
Photo Credit: Brett Boardman
After an award-winning upgrade around 5 years ago, you will find wonderful barbecue and picnic areas with custom-designed tables and seating at Prince Alfred Park. The park also features fantastic kids playgrounds, a pool that is heated all year round, fitness workout stations, basketball and tennis courts - all worked in with beautiful, sustainable landscaping and plenty of shaded areas. A BBQ here would make for a pleasant and relaxing afternoon in the sun, and it’s only a 20-minute walk from the doors of Zara Tower.
One of Sydney’s most famous parks, Centennial Park features brilliant playgrounds with ample shade - plus lots of picnic tables and 8 electric barbeques that always seem to be in use. Like most parks, you’re not able to book the BBQs ahead of time - and since this park is so popular, it’s a good idea to get there early to make sure your sausages don’t cook in the sun while you’re waiting for a spot on the BBQ. Once you’ve finished your feast, check out the sporting facilities, wander through the glorious gardens or book yourself in for a relaxing evening at the Moonlight Cinema if it’s summertime.
It doesn't get much better than a BBQ by the beach, and Shelly Beach (around 15 minutes walk beyond Manly) is a beautiful spot to chow down on your sausages. From Zara Tower, head to Circular Quay and catch the Ferry to Manly. On this quintessential trip, humming over the waves of the harbour, you’ll also get to experience a spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and back towards the Sydney CBD while you’re at it. Once you’ve cooked your heart out and had your fill, Shelly Beach features a sheltered cove that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling if the sun is shining.
North Bondi Beach
Bondi is one of Australia’s most famous beaches, at at the North end you’ll find one of the best BBQ spots around town. What could be better than an iconic Aussie barbie, right beside an iconic Aussie beach? There’s plenty to keep you busy around Bondi once you’ve finished your meal - relax on the beach, take a walk to Bronte, visit the skate park, swim at the Bondi Icebergs (ocean pool) or tour the boutiques and the gourmet food hubs in the bubble of Bondi.
Lane Cove National Park
If you’re looking to head out of the city for the day and experience another side of Sydney, why not head off to Lane Cove National Park. There are plenty of picnic and BBQ spots throughout the park, making this the perfect place for a holiday day trip. Plan your trip before you head off and ensure you take water and appropriate clothing with you to protect from the sun, particularly if you’d like to head off on any of the bushwalks.
With a waterside location and perfect views of the ANZAC Bridge, the Glebe Foreshore is an ideal location for a relaxing barbeque. There are lots of things to keep the family occupied on your outing like a walk through the native wetlands, an adventure playground, the Glebe Foreshore Walk, and plenty of historical sights. The fish markets are just around the corner, so you could swap out the snags for snapper if you’re feeling extra fancy.