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Free BBQ areas - Lake Burley Griffin & City

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Published August 7th 2015
Update April 30th 2018
Also see the new Henry Rolland Park on Lake Burley Griffin for new BBQ's and picnic tables

Grab the Esky & some snags
Here in Canberra we are fortunate that there are numerous reserves and parklands with free BBQs around the shores Lake Burley Griffin, as well as areas close to the city.

This list of BBQs was compiled with the help of the ACT Territory and Municipal Services website. They have a list of BBQs in operation and update their website with a Weekly BBQ Report. It is a handy report to check that your BBQ is operating before you go - especially if you are organising a big BBQ celebration.


Weston Park
Weston Park is a real treasure for families with kangaroos, a little sandy beach to dig your toes into and bike paths winding their way through the park. Other highlights include the miniature train and mini golf at Yarralumla Play Station, children's playground and at the time of writing, a large BBQ area is being built nearby. You could easily spend the day here if you have a full esky.

There are also several BBQs around the park for a quieter lunch by the Lake.

Weston Park, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, BBQs, picnic areas
Weston Park - one of the many quieter BBQ areas you see as you drive through.

Lennox Gardens at Yarralumla is another popular, yet peaceful location for a BBQ with the Japanese Nara Park and Chinese Beijing Gardens nearby.

Lennox gardens, Nara Park, Canberra, BBQ areas
There are 4 BBQs at Lennox Gardens around the lake.

Boundless Playground BBQ area
Boundless Playground is a popular park near the National Carilion on Lake Burley Griffin. The playground itself is designed to be accessible for children in wheelchairs and all children. With bike paths, playground, the bells of the National Carilion chiming and feeding the ducks - there is plenty to do before and after your BBQ.

Due to the location, this BBQ area is always popular with families and celebrations.

Boundless playground, Canberra
Boundless Playground with BBQs behind the park and one closer to the Lake.

Black Mountain Peninsula

Similar to Weston Park, this area has several BBQs, bike paths, a little sandy beach, toilet facilities, large areas to kick the ball around and an extensive playground.

Black Mountain Peninsula playground, Canberra
Black Mountain Peninsula playground. Even on a cloudy day, there is alot to do.

Scrivener Dam.
This BBQ area on the Lake is a scenic and shady spot near the National Zoo and Aquarium. You may see people fishing here, however the Lake isn't suitable to swim. This BBQ area is a little more remote with no toilet facilities.

Just over the bridge, there is also a picnic area at Scrivener Dam.

Yarramundi Reach BBQ area, Scrivener Dam, Lake Burley Griffin BBQ areas
Scrivener Dam BBQ area at Yarramundi Reach

There are also Lakeside BBQ areas at Molonglo Reach District Park in Campbell, Bowen Park in Barton, there are a couple of BBQs in a bush setting by the lake on Alexandrina Drive at Yarralumla as well as another one further along this road at Yarralumla Bay.

Alexandrina Drive BBQ areas, Yarralumla, Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin
There are 3 BBQs along Alexandrina Drive in Yarralumla by the lake.

Another great option, to the surprise of some Canberrans, is that there is a BBQ area on Springbank Island in the middle of Lake Burley Griffin. If you have a kayak or boat you can access it anytime, or you can catch a small boat with Canberra Lake Cruises and get dropped off in the morning and then return in the afternoon.

According to the TAMS Weekly BBQ report there are BBQs areas across the city including leafy Glebe Park in the CBD with a popular playground nearby.

In the Inner North there is a BBQ at Corroboree Park in Ainslie.
Braddon has 2 BBQs at Lowanna St Neighbourhood Park.
In Campbell, there are 2 BBQs at Remembrance Nature Park.
In Turner there are 3 BBQs in Haig Park.

In the Inner South there are 4 BBQs at Telopea Park..
Lastly in Kingston there is a BBQ at Norgrove Park in Eyre St.

For more information about what other facilities are available at your local park, see here.

With free BBQs and clear skies, why not have a game of cricket and a BBQ at one of Canberra's scenic parks and reserves this weekend.

kangaroos at Weston Park, Canberra, BBQ areas, picnic areas, canberra
You may even have some visitors! (Kangaroos at Weston Park)

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