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The best barbecue spots in Sydney

Take your 'cue...

By Time Out editors

Grill, baby, grill. Sydney has some great public barbies in scenic spots around town. And from May 15, you have some more freedom to pack the eski and go get amongst them. 

Make sure you're aware of what you can and cannot do, chuck in some hand sanitiser and keep up the physical distancing. If you're heading to a national park, note that NSW national parks is beginning to reopen some playgrounds, barbecue facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters, tables and rotundas from this weekend, but only after conducting assessments to ensure they can be used in line with the guidelines to keep visitors safe. Stay up to date on their website FAQ. Especially during the warmer months, check for weather conditions and fire bans before you break out the snags. 

Craving those great outdoors? Find lush gardens in the heart of the city at one of Sydney's beautiful parks.

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Sydney's best public barbecues

Bronte Park

Things to do Bronte
Beachside barbecuing followed by a large-scale backyard cricket session is a perfect proposition whatever the season.

Centennial Park

Things to do Centennial Park

This is one of the city's most popular barbecue locations, and luckily its 360-hectare expanse means that even the biggest crowd can be accommodated for a relaxing parkland lunch. There are six barbecues dotted throughout the park.

Shelly Beach

Attractions Beaches Manly
Just past the Manly Beach crowds is a smaller, more scenic beach with six barbecues and a great north-facing view.
Lane Cove National Park
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Lane Cove National Park

Things to do East Ryde

Within this expansive national park you'll find over 25 individual picnic areas, meaning you'll never be short of a new place to sizzle your sausages. The Lane Cove River runs straight through the middle so if eating in a canoe or pedal boat is your thing, you'll think you've found chargrilled heaven on earth. 

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Make a day of it

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The best picnic spots in Sydney

Things to do

Cancel your restaurant booking and head to one of these top places to enjoy a picnic. We’ve called ahead to find out if there’s parking, toilets and barbecues, too.


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