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Barbeque and Picnic Area at Raby Bay Boulevard

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Published July 26th 2015
Come out to play at Raby Bay
My mission for the weekend was to arrange a function that would meet the requirements of a group of long term friends ranging from 2 to 70 years of age.

Major issues for consideration included:

a) the need to keep toddlers and ten year olds occupied

b) produce culinary treats for tastebuds that required minimal preparation

c) provide the opportunity for frazzled mothers to relax

d) down time for Dads as well as an opportunity for male bonding

e) and of the highest priority, some quality time shared with friends and family.

A little daunting with only a few days notice, don't you agree?

You couldn't be more wrong!

My instructions to my friends were minimal : meet at the Parklands at the end of Raby Bay Boulevard at noon. BYO picnic and fishing gear.

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bbq shelter huts

I allocated a course for each family to bring to the gathering as well as their own meat for the barbecue. Nibblies, salads, fresh bread rolls, cheese platter and fruit, desserts.

There is plenty of parking available and the view over the bay is just glorious. We gathered at the covered BBQ area which has plenty of seating, tables, and well maintained cooking facilities

Right from the onset, bodies went everywhere. The men walked off to the canal some 500 metres away with their fishing gear.
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fishing in the canals

The large parkland area quickly became the arena for a cricket match with plenty of room to spare to kick a soccer ball.

There is also a safe beach area on which all the kids can play. This time of year proved too cold to swim, but the Little People chased seagulls, built sand castles, paddled and harassed tiny rock crabs. I expect this area would prove great fun in summer.

After a good two hours with the little ones at last slowing down we girls retreated to the BBQ area where we were able to chat and open a bottle of wine (or two).

The outdoor playground area is shaded and is in easy viewing distance from the BBQ shelters so the Little People were happy to amuse themselves whilst the feast was prepared.
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Outdoor Playground Area

Our men returned just as we put the steaks and kebabs on the BBQ plate though were unable to contribute any seafood to the menu. I am assured however, that they did manage to sort out the NSW State of Origin NRL team.

This recreational area is not as well known as the Raby Bay Beach foreshore and I have never seen it crowded, even during school holidays.

There are bathroom facilities available some 400 metres away at the Air Sea Rescue Building. That may sound a long distance, though the path is flat and walking-or trike- friendly .

Very happily and without much fuss, the Brief was met on all counts.

Two major bonuses :- minimal cleaning up, and the youngsters wore themselves out ensuring an early night for all.
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Why? Picnic and bbq with friends and family
Where: Parkland at end of Raby Bay Boulevard
Cost: FREE
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