The best spots for a BBQ with a view in Sydney: barbecuing in public parks

Having a blast while cooking on the portable STOV BBQ while enjoying the stunning views Sydney and its national parks can provide

Sydney is not only renowned for its iconic landmarks and stunning beaches but also for its vibrant outdoor culture. One of the most cherished traditions among Sydneysiders and tourists alike is enjoying a BBQ in public parks with breathtaking views. If you're searching for BBQ near me or the best BBQ near me, you're in for a treat. In this guide, we'll take you on a journey through the city's top spots for barbecuing in public parks while soaking in some of the most picturesque views. Whether you're a local or a visitor, these locations are always worth visiting and will sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.

Why Sydney's parks are the best for barbecues

Sydney's enviable climate and natural beauty make it the perfect place to enjoy many different outdoor activities, and what better way to embrace the great outdoors than with an epic barbecue? From the iconic Sydney Opera House to the tranquil bays and lush parks, Sydney offers many settings to enjoy a barbecue with family and friends.

In this guide, we'll explore the best spots for a barbecue with a view in Sydney. Whether you're looking for a city BBQ or a romantic barbecue near me, Sydney has it all. If you are looking for a BBQ that you can take anywhere check out our STOV BBQ here.

Are you ready? Let’s go! 

Park in Sydney perfect to enjoy a BBQ and picnic with a view.

The Royal Botanic Garden - BBQ Bliss with a Botanical Backdrop

Nestled in the heart of Sydney, the Royal Botanic Garden is a green oasis offering more than just a botanical experience. It's also home to some fantastic barbecue spots that provide a unique blend of nature and cityscape. You can enjoy your relaxing parkland lunch while gazing at the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Especially late in the evening, you can watch the sunset behind the opera house and harbour bridge. Highly recommended!

Facilities and insider tips

The garden does not provide free-to-use electric BBQs, so bring your own as this is an ideal spot for a spontaneous picnic. There's no need to worry about carrying charcoal or utensils.

Arrive early to secure a prime BBQ spot, as this location can get crowded, especially on weekends. Street parking can be difficult so we recommend taking public transport to this picturesque park. Don't forget to explore the stunning gardens before or after your cookup.

Location: Royal Botanical Garden

The Royal Botanical garden the perfect spot for a picnic and a BBQ with a view.

Bradley's Head Amphitheatre - Harborfront views

For a BBQ experience that combines stunning harbor views with historical charm, Bradley's Head Amphitheatre is the place to be. Located within Sydney Harbour National Park, this spot offers a unique blend of nature and historic park.

Facilities and insider tips

Bradley's Head features several electric BBQs and picnic tables, making it an excellent choice for families and large gatherings. The shaded areas provide respite from the sun, making sure you have a chilled BBQ experience even during the height of summer.

Take a short walk to the nearby mast and signal station for panoramic views of Sydney Harbour—a perfect post-BBQ adventure.

Location: Bradley's Head

Clark Island 

If you're seeking a secluded and serene BBQ spot away from the city's hustle and bustle, Clark Island is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Check out here how to get to Clark Island.

Facilities and insider tips

This tranquil island offers lush greenery and perfect spots to set up your portable gas BBQ. There are no public barbecues available so we recommend bringing a portable gas BBQ such as the STOV BBQ.

Pack a picnic basket with your BBQ essentials, as there are no shops or facilities on the island. Also, check the island's availability and accessibility, as it's occasionally closed for private events.

Location: Clark Island

Centennial Park - the BBQ park in Sydney

Centennial Park, situated in the heart of Sydney's eastern suburbs, is a haven for nature lovers and BBQ enthusiasts alike. With vast open spaces and scenic ponds, it's an urban oasis perfect for a family day out. There is even a shaded playground available and the park offers plenty of street parking.

Facilities and insider tips

The park boasts numerous free gas and wood BBQs scattered throughout its grounds. Picnic tables and shaded areas are abundant, ensuring a comfortable BBQ experience for all. It can get busy during weekends, so bring a small portable gas BBQ like our STOV BBQ for extra convenience. 

Consider renting a paddleboat or rowboat at the nearby Centennial Parklands Dining for some post-BBQ fun on the park's picturesque ponds.

Location: Centennial Park

Centennial Park during sunset, the perfect time for a BBQ, ideally bring your own portable gas BBQ for convenience.

Sydney Park Alexandria

Sydney Park, located in the inner city suburb of Alexandria, offers a unique blend of urban and natural elements, making it a popular BBQ destination for locals.

Facilities and insider tips

The park features free electric BBQs, picnic tables, and ample open space. Its location makes it easily accessible for both residents and tourists.

After your BBQ, take a leisurely stroll around the park's wetlands and enjoy the vibrant street art that surrounds the area.

Location: Sydney Park Alexandria

Balmoral Beach 

Combine the joys of a barbecue with the pleasures of a day at the beach by heading to Balmoral Beach, where you’ll find a beautiful beach and great BBQing spots. You can go swimming, kayaking, SUPing or just chill at the beach and enjoy the cafes and restaurants nearby.

Facilities and insider tips

You'll find electric BBQs*** nestled among the shade of trees, making it an idyllic spot for beachside barbecues. There's also a dedicated picnic area, public toilets, and change rooms.

***Update: Electric BBQs are now located behind Chinamans Beach in the Rosherville Reserve. There are no more public BBQs directly at Balmoral Beach. Check Mosman Council website for the latest info. 

After your barbecue, take a dip in the clear waters of Balmoral Beach or enjoy a leisurely walk along the nearby beach. There are also some great cafes close by. 

Location: Balmoral Beach

Barangaroo Reserve - Free electric barbecues with a city view

Barangaroo Reserve, a modern and meticulously designed urban park, offers a cool setting for your BBQ escapades, all while overlooking Sydney Harbour and watching the ferries go by.

Facilities and insider tips

The reserve has electric barbecues, picnic tables, and lush lawns, creating the ultimate place in the city and has to be one of the best BBQ spots in the CBD of Sydney. For an easy cook-up, try this simple recipe to cook the perfect classic burger here.

Explore the native gardens and art installations that add to the park's charm after your BBQ.

Location: Barangaroo Reserve

Pirrama Park 

Pirrama Park, located in Pyrmont, offers a unique blend of city living and harborside beauty, making it an ideal spot for a BBQ with a view.

Facilities and insider tips

Enjoy free electric BBQs, picnic tables, and stunning views of Darling Harbour. This park is perfect for families and groups looking to soak in the cityscape.

Consider visiting during the evening to witness the city lights reflecting on the water, creating a magical atmosphere.

Location: Pirrama Park

Barbecuing in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park 

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering a unique outdoor experience amidst pristine bushland and native wildlife. You might need to bring your own barbecue, and we recommend bringing the STOV BBQ. Make sure you check local regulations and be aware of the wildlife. 

Facilities and insider tips

There are some sheltered picnic tables and areas within the park are equipped with electric barbecues. These spots are very nice if you want to get away from the crowd, do some fishing in the park, and just take it easy.

Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including wallabies and colorful bird species, as you explore the park's walking trails and nearby beaches. You can also combine the visit with exploring the Northern Beaches close by.

Location: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park BBQ spot

Observatory Hill Park 

Observatory Hill Park provides a vantage point for capturing one of Sydney's most iconic views—the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is a popular picnic spot and the ultimate place to soak in Sydney's skyline.

Facilities and insider tips

This park features electric BBQs and picnic tables amidst well-maintained gardens. It's an excellent spot for both locals and tourists.

Visit during New Year's Eve for a front-row seat to Sydney's world-famous fireworks display (come early to get your spot!).

Location: Observatory Hill Park

Manly Dam - Sheltered picnic tables by the water

Manly Dam, nestled within a nature reserve, offers a serene setting for a barbecue by the water. It's a favourite spot among locals seeking a peaceful escape (and one of our favourites!).

Facilities and insider tips

You'll find several free electric barbecues, picnic tables, and shaded areas, allowing you to enjoy your BBQ in comfort.

After your BBQ, explore the dam's walking trails or try your hand at kayaking on the water.

Location: Manly Dam

Clifton Gardens Reserve - Nestled in the Sydney Harbour National Park

Clifton Gardens Reserve, located near Taronga Zoo, is a picturesque spot for a family-friendly BBQ with stunning views of Sydney Harbour.

Facilities and insider tips

The reserve offers electric BBQs and picnic tables surrounded by lush greenery and calm waters. For the exact location see the Mosman Council website and map.

Consider combining your BBQ with a visit to Taronga Zoo for a fun-filled day with the family.

Location: Clifton Gardens Reserve

Sirius Cove 

Tucked away in Mosman, Sirius Cove is a hidden gem favored by locals for its serene ambiance and sheltered BBQ facilities. You can go for a swim or just enjoy the park. There is not much street parking available so come early but the quiet park with its BBQ spots is worth it.

Facilities and insider tips

Enjoy free electric BBQs and picnic tables in a peaceful setting overlooking the harbour.

This spot is also popular for kayaking and paddleboarding, so bring your water sports gear for added adventure.

Location: Sirius Cove

Wattamolla Picnic Area 

Wattamolla Picnic Area in the Royal National Park offers a unique combination of BBQ facilities and a beautiful beach, making it a perfect spot for a day of sun and swimming (and with amazing barbecue spots). This might be one of our favourites!

Facilities and insider tips

You'll find free electric barbecues and picnic tables surrounded by lush coastal vegetation. After your BBQ, take a dip in the natural lagoon.

Arrive early, as this location can get crowded during weekends and holidays.

Location: Wattamolla Picnic Area

Little Manly Beach 

Little Manly, near Manly Wharf, is a family-friendly barbecue spot that combines sandy shores with a beautiful park and a little cafe as well. It has recently been redone and it is a beautiful place to spend the day at. Make sure you come early, as there is limited street parking available. Or just park in Manly and combine the visit with the stunning Manly Beach, take the short walk to Shelly Beach, and explore the Northern Beaches.

Facilities and insider tips

Enjoy the free electric barbecues and picnic tables just steps away from the beach, making it convenient for families with children. An outdoor shower is available as well as public toilets.

Pack your beach toys and sunscreen for a day of sun and beach.

Location: Little Manly Beach

Waverton Park

This could be Sydney’s best-kept secret - best BBQ spots - Waverton Park, a hidden gem in Sydney, offers one of the city's best-kept secrets—a BBQ spot with breathtaking views of the harbour.

Facilities and insider tips

Free electric barbecues and picnic tables are available, and the park is known for its tranquility and stunning vistas.

Bring your camera to capture the often stunning sunset over Sydney Harbour.

Location: Waverton Park


Bundeena, a coastal village in the Royal National Park, offers a serene beachside BBQ experience away from the city's hustle and bustle. Being out there really feels like you are on holiday. 

Facilities and insider tips

Electric BBQs and picnic tables are located right by the beach, allowing you to enjoy your meal with the sound of waves in the background. Especially for summer days, we recommend the Salmon and Pineapple Recipe here.

Consider taking a ferry ride to Bundeena for a unique journey to your (BBQ) destination.

Location: Bundeena

Close to Bundeena, the Royal National Park is worth a visit, and an ideal spot for barbecuing, picnics and walking.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What are the rules and regulations for BBQs in Sydney public parks?

Sydney's public parks have specific regulations for BBQ use, including rules about alcohol consumption, open flames, and litter disposal. It's essential to check the local park authority's guidelines for the specific park you plan to visit. Generally, alcohol may not be allowed, and BBQs should be used responsibly and cleaned up after use.

Are BBQ facilities available year-round in these parks?

Most BBQ facilities in Sydney's public parks are available year-round. However, some may be subject to maintenance or seasonal closures. It's advisable to check with the relevant park authority or visit their official websites for up-to-date information on BBQ availability.

Can I book BBQ areas in advance?

Some parks in Sydney offer the option to book BBQ areas in advance for larger gatherings or events. Booking procedures and availability may vary from park to park, so it's best to contact the respective park authority for details on reservations.

Is alcohol allowed at these BBQ spots?

Alcohol regulations in public parks vary by location. In many cases, consuming alcohol is prohibited to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere and ensure the safety of all visitors. Always check the specific park's rules regarding alcohol before planning your BBQ outing.

Are there any accessibility features at these parks for people with disabilities?

Many public parks in Sydney are equipped with accessible facilities, including BBQ areas, picnic tables, and restrooms, to accommodate visitors with disabilities. It's recommended to check with the park authority for detailed information on accessibility features at your chosen park.

Are pets allowed at these BBQ locations?

Pets are generally allowed in many of Sydney's public parks, but leash laws and designated pet areas may apply. Always check the park's rules regarding pets and ensure you clean up after your furry friend to maintain a clean and enjoyable environment for all visitors.