A family barbecue can be a great way to spend a weekend afternoon, but with the kids, a number of adults, and perhaps even a dog in tow, it can be hard to find spots that suit everyone.
These scenic spots in Sydney's Inner West provide a little something for everyone, ensuring your family picnic is a resounding success.
Richard Murden Reserve
Richard Murden Reserve has had upgrades in the last few years and has really come into its own. It is a great entrance way to the Bay Run at Iron Cove, makes up part of the Greenway walking and biking track and has a tonne of great facilities for the community.
These include outdoor gym equipment, netball courts, tennis courts, multiple toilet facilities, a children's playground, covered rotundas and lots of picnic tables spread over the site.
Richard Murden Reserve sits on the banks of the Hawthorne Canal and is located opposite one of the best dog parks that the Inner West has to offer. Getting to the reserve is easy with both the Hawthorne Light Rail Station and the Marion Light Rail Station located beside the reserve.
Glebe Foreshore Parks
The Glebe Foreshore Parks provide a hugely popular recreation area in the Inner West. The area is known for having great views, lots of wide open space and an interesting historical past.The area is very dog-friendly with most of the foreshore area being off-leash.
The barbeque facilities and covered eating area are located to the rear of the children's play area in Federal Park. Federal Park is easy to get to as it is only a 5-minute walk to the Rozelle Bay Light Rail Station. There is also nearby parking.
Gough Whitlam Park
The proximity of Gough Whitlam Park to the Cooks River, as well as the lagoon and salt marsh located within the park, make for a delightful picnic spot with opportunity for a little exploration as well.
What's more, the place is suitable whether you wish to visit by car or public transport, as the park is only 7 minutes walk from the Tempe train station and there is plenty of parking.
It's a surprise that more people don't know about this wonderful little park tucked away behind the residential areas of Marrickville. The park has more than a few features that make it suited to a family barbecue.
Steel Park has covered eating areas, a cute little children's play area, toilet facilities and a Water Play park that is open during the warmer months. Furthermore, it fronts onto the Cooks River so provides a calming spot by which to spend a few hours.
Robson Park is located just off the Iron Cove 'Bay Run' so there are nice views from the park, but at the same time it is set back from the water so it is not as busy as some other parks along the bay.
Robson Park also has lots of green space and attractive flower beds making it an overall nice space to wile away an afternoon. The one drawback is that there is only one barbecue at the site so you may have to show up early to snag it.
At Ewen Park the barbeques and picnic tables are located next to each other under covered eating areas.This is a nice quiet park on the banks of the Cooks River.
There is plenty of parking space in the nearby streets and the park is only 7 minutes walk from Hurlstone Park train station. There is plenty of rolling green space, a children's play area, and dogs are welcome, although they must be kept on-leash.