BBQ with a View: The Best Public BBQ Areas in Sydney
As the weather warms up, there's nothing better than spending a sunny afternoon barbequeing with family and friends. But if you're short of outdoor space, there are plenty of spots to sprawl out in with a delicious barbecue spread. So, to help, we've whittled down some of the best places to throw some prawns or a snag on the barbie, complete with an epic harbour or coastal view.
With impressive views over Middle Harbour, Clontarf Reserve is a picturesque park that comes complete with harbour swimming, a shaded playground and a handful of electric barbeques. A popular haunt for families and big groups who love to cook their lunch on the barbie while watching the yachts glide past. There’s ample shade, calm water for the kids to splash around in and a large nautical themed playground, so you won’t be leaving until dusk hits.
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Tucked away at the back of Pyrmont, Pirrama Park is all about barbeques with a view. One of the most frequented and sought-after picnic locations in the city’s west, the park offers an array of activities as well as desirable views. Nestled in a sheltered bay, there’s a playground complete with a splash feature, cafes, floating pontoons and access for private boats to pull up close by. Grab a table before midday and stay until the sun sets.
Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
North Bondi Grassy Knoll
Make like a local and barbeque at the North Bondi Grassy Knoll. It’s Bondi, so it’s best to get in early, which makes a barbeque breakfast a good option here. Snatch up a coin-operated barbeque (or BYO), throw some eggs and bacon on the grill, then jump into the ocean for the ultimate Aussie wake-up call. There’s a multitude of facilities here from change rooms, toilets and showers over at the North Bondi SLSC.
75 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
The wide, sprawling beach of Coogee is packed every weekend in summer with backpackers and families. The beach is child friendly and extends up to the lawn where a handful of barbeques sit. An abundant list of facilities are close by from toilets and showers to playgrounds and picnic tables. And if you run short of supplies, the shops are close at hand. The best part, the beach is right there.
Beach Street, Coogee
Clifton Gardens Reserve
You may not find established barbeque facilities here, but Clifton Gardens is a popular spot for gatherings nonetheless and everyone BYO’s their portable barbie. Sitting next to the Sydney Harbour National Park, the waterside gardens boast toilets, generous shade and even enclosed baths. A barbeque lunch can be interrupted by jetty walks and ocean dips while a post-barbeque trail walk to Bradley’s Head comes highly recommended.
Morella Road, Mosman
Sheltered barbeques and picnic tables sit beside popular Collaroy beach and they fill up relatively quickly on warm days. With unrivalled rockpools, good swimming and surfing conditions (yes, even for learners) it makes a perfect Sunday afternoon pitstop for a homemade beachside bite. There’s also a barbeque inside the enclosed playground, but you’ll have to arrive early to beat the competition.
Pittwater Road, Collaroy
Blackwattle Bay Park
One of the most relaxed options the inner west has to offer, a barbeque at Blackwattle Bay Park is on the top of many locals’ lists. There’s a wide range of barbeques parkside, with impressive views of the Anzac Bridge and Rozelle Bay. We recommend riding bikes in (or at least around the bay) and bring the dog if you’re canine-inclined. They’re permitted off the leash here.
Leichhardt Street, Glebe
On a warm day, you’ll want to ditch the Bondi to Bronte walk and snag a table early here, but it’s well worth the early arrival. A popular haunt among Eastern Suburbs locals, this small park has a handful of sheltered barbeques and sits behind Tamarama beach. There’s a playground, cafe, volleyball nets and the ocean just begs for a dip. We recommend waves first, snags later and as many hours as possible of picnicking.
Tamarama Park, Tamarama
Dee Why Beach
Seemingly made for families and social gatherings, Dee Why Beach is the place to be for a barbie by the beach. The barbeques are positioned next to the fenced-in playground and you have uninterrupted views of Dee Why Beach while you cook (#winning). There's plenty of greenspace to run around, plus a beach and ocean pool that has kids tripping over themselves to get in to.
The Strand, Dee Why
Another Eastern Suburbs hangout that is teeming with people - and for good reason. Boasting a beautiful beach and ocean pool that is merely steps away from a sprawling park with plenty of greenspace, sheltered picnic tables and barbeques. It is a popular picnic spot so arrive early to get a table and settle in for the day.
Bronte Road, Bronte