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.
LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
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 - one of the many quieter BBQ areas you see as you drive through.
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 with BBQs behind the park and one closer to the Lake.
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.
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.
CBD AND INNER NORTH/SOUTH
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.