What could be more picturesque than firing up the barbecue and unpacking the salads and bread rolls in front of a backdrop of Melbourne’s city skyline? The banks of the Yarra River feature multiple barbecue spots, most with their own seating. The closest barbecues to the city are at Birrarung Marr, but if you’re prepared to walk a bit further, there are some leafy family-friendly areas on Alexandra Avenue between Swan Street Bridge and Morell Bridge.
Springtime weather in Melbourne is certainly mercurial, pouring freezing rain one day and warm, sunny and beautiful the next. But we've been cooped up inside so long that we're pretty ready to enjoy seeing friends and eating food together, rain be damned.
Now that five vaccinated Melburnians are now allowed to gather together for picnics and outdoor recreation, it's time to dust off that barbecue kit. Picnic packs are fantastic, but there's something about food that is cooked and eaten alfresco that makes it at least 15 per cent more delicious than food cooked and eaten inside.
We are very fortunate in Melbourne to have hundreds of free municipal barbecues in our parks, gardens, beaches and other summertime hot spots. Across the city there are plenty of picturesque spots with in-built barbecues just waiting to have some snags (meat or veggie) thrown onto them.