Sydney picnic spots with wood fired BBQs

Picnic Spots Sydney

The magnetisim of a wood fired BBQ, Photo by Clark Young on Unsplash

The winter weather is upon us!

But don’t let that keep you indoors. Why not head out for a picnic with a twist – some old fashioned wood fired BBQ’ing! Not only will it cook your food, it will keep you warm too.

How cool is that.

A little while ago I was checking out Manly Dam (amazing spot if you haven’t been), and I saw that there were wood fired BBQs. I was amazed! And there were heaps of people using them.

It got me to thinking about other spots were you can have a wood fire….so pack the marshmallows, bring the tongs and the snags and check out these awesome spots to have an old fashioned, wood fired BBQ this weekend.

1. Manly Dam

Manly Dam Wall

Enjoy the serenity at Manly Dam

Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (commonly referred to as Manly Dam) is a popular northern beaches park with good reason. Visitors can enjoy the peaceful lakeside ambiance, swimming, a playground, bike trails and bushwalks. Visitors can also enjoy a walk across the dam wall.

You will also find wood BBQs scattered throughout the picnic areas. Some areas have free wood available for use. Win, win!

Allocated wood BBQs: Yes
Wood supplied: Yes, some
Address: 112 King Street, Manly Vale NSW 2093
Entry fee: No, but it is paid parking or alternatively park in the surrounding streets
More info: check out our blog on Manly Dam

2. Nurragingy Reserve

Western Sydney Parklands

Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens are located within Nurragingy Reserve

Nurragingy Reserve is a huge park located in Doonside in Sydney’s west. It has excellent facilities including a playground, chinese garden, walking paths, water play area, liberty swing and great picnic spots.

Awesomely it has two picnic areas where wood fired BBQs are available – Grevillea and Lomandra. Check out the picnic area details for more information on their location and size.

Allocated wood BBQs: Yes
Wood supplied: Yes, some
Address: Knox Road, Doonside NSW 2767
Entry fee: No entry or parking fees

3. Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove National Park kayak

Enjoy being waterside at Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove National Park is a favourite spot of mine. I love that there are picnic spots spread all throughout the park. There are so many hidden spots here that you can really enjoy some serenity. The park also offers a playground, cafe, boat shed, bushwalks and of course the river.

There are wood fired BBQs located all throughout the park – just pick a spot and get that fire going.

Allocated wood BBQs: Yes
Wood supplied: No, and please do not pilfer the national park for wood
Address: Riverside Drive, North Ryde NSW 2113
Entry fee: No, parking fees are $8.00 per day or you can park on the road and walk in
More info: check out our blog on the Ten Best Things to do in Lane Cove National Park

4. Navua Reserve, Grose Wold

Navua Reserve Sandy Bank

This bushland reserve is a popular spot with locals. Head here for a day of swimming, walking, picnics and canoeing. Bring the dog and some marshmellows!

Allocated wood BBQs: Yes
Wood supplied: No
Address: 228 Grose River Rd, Grose Wold NSW 2753
Entry fee: No
More info: check out our blog on Navua Reserve and Yarramundi Reserve

5. Girrakool Picnic Area, Somersby

Girakool Picnic Area

Ok so this one isn’t technically in Sydney, but it is a pretty easy drive up the freeway and it’s right near the freeway exit. I love this spot. I first came here a few years ago with family and visited here just recently. Girrakool Picnic Spot has some wonderful bushland picnic spots, great lookouts and a short walk to views of Girakool Waterfall.

There are a few wood fired BBQs here – look for them to the right of the carpark, at the picnic ground that takes you to Illoura Lookout.

There is also some ancient Aboriginal art. If you walk to the left of the carpark, away from the picnic areas, you will come to it after a short bushwalk.

Allocated wood BBQs: Yes
Wood supplied: No, and please do not pilfer the national park for wood
Address: Old Pacific Highway, Kariong NSW 2250
Entry fee: No, parking fees are $8.00 per day or you can park on the road and walk in

Use responsibly

Of course it goes without saying that wood BBQs cannot be used on days of total fire bans.

Make sure to supervise children, do not use fuels and monitor the fire at all time. Extinguish the fire completely if unattended and upon leaving. Let’s all enjoy this amazing opportunity responsibly.

 

Do you know any other Sydney picnic spots where you can have wood fired BBQs?

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