Putting sausage to grill surrounded by council-planned nature is a birthright for Australians. 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 bottle of wine, and get your grill on.
Blackwattle Bay Park
Leichhardt Street, Glebe
Running along the Glebe shoreline right around to Annandale, this waterside park features spectacular views of ANZAC Bridge out to sea and plenty of historical sights on land nearby. The barbeques here are many and well maintained. If you’re feeling like a bit of exercise afterwards, bring a dog – they’re allowed off-leash throughout the park.
Oxford Street, Centennial Park
The beating heart of summertime Sydney, Centennial Park’s central location and massive grounds make it the prime place for a picnic, barbeque and run around. There’s always plenty going on here, including the Moonlight Cinema during summer. But if you’re after a secluded spot to roast a DIY meal there’s no shortage of them either; the park features eight areas with fixed barbeques. You can also bring your own if it has legs.
Located in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on the eastern side of West Head (just take the walking track), The Basin is a grassy stretch offering great water views with the bush at your back and well-maintained barbeques on-site. It’s an ideal location for the more outdoorsy barbeque lover – the surrounds make working up an appetite with a swim then working off lunch with a hike the perfect way to spend a day. Or more – there are also camping facilities available.
Ballast Point Park
4 Ballast Point Road, Birchgrove
Located at the tip of the Balmain Peninsula, this one-time quarry and reclaimed industrial site is now an amazing public park with a range of historical exhibits and sculptures highlighting the area’s multiple uses during Sydney’s past. The barbeques are at the top end of the park (near Ronald Street – access is via Wharf Road), and there are breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A very popular spot on New Year’s Eve.
Lane Cove National Park
Lady Game Drive, Chatswood West
Whether you’re looking for a spot beside the river or something further into the bush, the wide range of picnic areas at Lane Cove offers multiple choices. Lane Cove caters for those looking for a splash before or after lunch; there’s a range of pedal boats and kayaks available for hire as well as simple spots to recline under trees and doze the snags off. There are nearly 40 picnic areas with barbeques or fireplaces here, but it’s fine to bring your own equipment so long as you also bring your own wood.
Morella Road, Mosman
Next to the Sydney Harbour National Park, Mosman’s Clifton Gardens is a great place to set up for a barbeque and an ideal starting point to explore the area. It has plenty of grass and shade trees and plenty of nearby natural features worth exploring, including a walking trail to Bradleys Head featuring impressive harbour views.
This article is presented in partnership with St Huberts’s new range of Victorian wines, The Stag, which includes chardonnay, shiraz and pinot noir.