A sunny day in Sydney is synonymous with the beach, picnics, cricket and the barbeque, so we’ve made a list of the best places to fire up the hotplates and celebrate the sunshine with whatever you care to throw on the grill. From parkland settings, to harbour views and ocean dips, these are some of the best spots to enjoy some alfresco cooking.
Pirrama Park – Pyrmont
Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
A recently refurbished and updated waterside area, and formerly the site of the Water Police station in Pyrmont, Pirrama Park has some history thrown into the mix. You can see the original shoreline marked out along the walkways, there’s a kids play area and access to the water if you feel like getting up close with the harbour. There is a cafe, but there’s also a couple of barbeques for you to make use of with unimpeded views across the harbour to Balmain.
Blackwattle Bay – Glebe
Chapman Road, Glebe
Blackwattle Bay is part of the Glebe foreshore walk that includes a number of parks fronting onto the water. There are plenty of historic sites in the area if you feel like connecting with some of our Sydney heritage, but it’s the waterside location at Blackwattle that makes it so popular. With spectacular views across the water to the Anzac Bridge, it’s a nice reminder that there’s more than one bridge to marvel at on Sydney Harbour; there’s quite the view as you sizzle up some snags.
Bronte Park – Bronte
Bronte Road, Bronte Beach
The communal hotplates at Bronte Park are all part of the fun in this rolling, green space that stretches down to Bronte Beach. There’s a much-loved kids playground and there are little huts dotted around the place covering picnic tables, but get in early if you want one. The eight barbeques are a drawcard on their own, but it’s the huge expanse of grass running down to the beach that makes this place super popular on sunny days – so send an advance party to nab you a perfect spot, and don’t forget to pack your swimmers.
Shelly Beach – Manly
Marine parade, Manly
This sheltered little beach sports wide views back across to Manly main beach. Bushland and scenic lookouts come right down to the water, and there’s some perfect shaded grass area for picnics. There are a couple of barbeques on offer – but as with all popular barbeque spots it’s first in, first sizzle. But one of the best things about this spot is that it comes complete with some of the best snorkelling in Sydney – so bring your goggles and flippers and if there’s a wait for the grill, just dive into the water and set out to see the local fish.
Centennial Parklands – Sydney
With its central location, city skyline view, ponds and expansive grasslands, the sheer size of Centennial Parklands means that you’re bound to find a spot to park for a picnic. There are eight areas within the parklands with public barbeques supplied for you, and there’s a no-booking policy, which means first in gets first use. Just in case you’re worried about missing out, or queuing for your turn on the grill, you can BYO your barbeque gear here. The barbeques must be on legs, though – sitting one directly on the grass is a no-no. For a map of barbeque locations and etiquette check the council website.