Putting sausage to grill surrounded by council-planned nature is an Australian birthright. It combines the best of camping and picnics: the ability to cook outdoors, but in close proximity to a supermarket should someone forget the tomato sauce.
We’ve tracked down some of the city’s best spots to drop a blanket, open a drink, and get your grill on.
Sir James Mitchell Park
South Perth Foreshore, Perth
Located on the South Perth Foreshore, Sir James Mitchell Park has a great range of on-site public barbeques along expansive lawns perfect for stretching out on a sunny day. Settle at one of the picnic shelters or a shady, waterside spot take and in the panoramic views of the city skyline.
Falls Road, Serpentine
This waterfall in the southern Perth Hills is a must at any time of the year, but in late winter and spring it really shines. Splashing down into a pool in the Serpentine River, it’s an impressive site and a great place to unwind. The picnic area features on-site barbeques, as well as a pleasant mix of shade and grassy areas; while the nearby Serpentine National Park’s jarrah forest is full of colourful native wildflowers at this time of year.
City Beach, Perth
This is one of Perth’s most popular beaches and offers plenty of great parking for a lazy barbie by the Indian Ocean. With rolling sand and good waves (both City Beach and neighbouring Floreat Beach are popular with surfers), there’s plenty of ways to work up a hunger for a well-cooked snag.
Victoria Park Drive, Burswood
Giant Swan Fountain and the tranquil Citizen of the Year Lake are standout features of Burswood Park. If you’re looking for a barbeque then your best bet is to head closer to the Swan River and find yourself a shady spot. Entry is off the Great Eastern Highway – if you hit the casino, you’ve gone too far. Free electric barbeques are located under trees by the foreshore, alongside greenery and picnic tables.
58 Duncraig Road, Applecross
Surrounded by well-manicured grounds and offering an elevated view of the Swan River, Heathcote Reserve in Applecross is a fine contender for the perfect barbeque spot. There’s plenty of public barbeques on-site and the afternoon sea breeze is a great way to cool off after a hot lunch.
Cottesloe Civic Centre
108 Broome and Napier Street, Cottesloe
Built in 1889 as a mansion for a local judge, Cottesloe Civic Centre is a collection of Spanish Mission-style buildings and gardens, and a popular site for weddings, concerts and functions. The two-hectare grounds are free to use, even if you’re not getting hitched, and the centre’s beachside location makes it an ideal base for exploring Cottesloe – or just stay in the leafy surrounds and hang-out with friends. The main lawn has barbeques available for public use.
Kings Park, Perth
One of the biggest inner-city parks in the world, Kings Park offers plenty of space for a barbeque. Its famous for its river and city views (especially if you climb all 101 steps of DNA Tower). Wander around and take in the sights – from the War Memorial and numerous historical monuments to the Botanic Gardens featuring native Western Australian plants and trees. There are four main barbeque areas, each featuring free electric barbeques – Fraser Avenue's Pines Picnic Area, Synergy Parkland, Lotterywest Family Area and the Saw Avenue Picnic Area.
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