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Free BBQ Areas - Belconnen & Gungahlin

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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published August 5th 2015
Grab the esky & the snags and have fun at the local park
As the weather warms up in Canberra, we can start to head outdoors and enjoy the many free BBQ areas for a cheap and fun day out. Kids in particular love a BBQ and a picnic, with a game of cricket or frisbee thrown in for some family fun.

For people visiting or living in Belconnen and Gungahlin there are dozens of BBQ areas in local reserves, by playgrounds, lakes and ovals to enjoy.

This list was compiled with the help of the 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.

Belconnen has 5 BBQs located at Diddams Close Pedestrian Parkland (2 in the East of the park, 3 in the West). This area is very peaceful with a playground, sandy beach, walkway with joggers going past and shady trees to sit under. On a beautiful day, this is a relaxing area to enjoy the company of your friends and family over a BBQ.

Diddams Close Parkland, Belconnen, BBQ areas, Canberra, Feeding the ducks, birdlife
Diddams Close Parkland with bike path, little beach and playground.

Diddams Close Parkland, Belconnen, Canberra, BBQ areas
BBQ with water views - Diddams Close Parkland.

There are 5 BBQs at John Knight Memorial Park, another parkland closer to the town centre. We have often sat here and been visited by a resident pelican, so keep an eye on your lunch!

John Knight Memorial park, BBQ areas, picnic areas, Belconnen, Canberra
John Knight Memorial Park with bike path and playground nearby.

John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen, walkways, bike riding, Belconnen, Canberra
Another BBQ area at John Knight Memorial Park. Note the pelican hiding behind the middle tree in the sun!

There are also 6 BBQs on the Lake Ginninderra Western Foreshore. With a playground and dog park nearby, this is also a popular location, not far from Diddams Close Parkland so you can visit both in the one trip.

lake Ginninderra BBQ areas, Belconnen, Canberra
2 BBQs at Lake Ginninderra.

According to the TAMS BBQ Report, Cook has a BBQ at Templeton St Neighbourhood Park..
Dunlop's BBQ is located at James Harrison St Park in Toft St.
Latham has a BBQ at Umbagong District Park in Florey Drive.
Lastly, McKellar's BBQ is at Palmerville Park on William Slim Drive.


Gungahlin also has a long list of free BBQs in local parks and scenic spots to enjoy with your friends and family.

In Amaroo there is a BBQ facility in Bizant Street near to Yarrabi Pond District Park.
Yarrabi Pond District Park is a popular area for families with 6 BBQs to use (4 undercover). There is a spectacular playground with flying fox, skateboard area, picnic areas and there are public toilets available. You could easily spend a number of hours here with plenty of room to spread out and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Yarrabi Ponds BBQ areas, Gungahlin, Canberra
Yarrabi Ponds Parkland - with toddler playground and large undercover BBQ area behind.

Yarrabi Ponds BBQ area, Gungahlin, Canberra
BBQ and picnic tables by the water.

Yarrabi Ponds flying fox, BBQ area,
Yarrabi Ponds Parklands has (huge!) flying foxes, a basketball court and a skate bowl - ideal for teenagers and big kids at heart.

Bonner has a BBQ at Fernando St Parkland and one in Burum Burum St.
Casey has a BBQ facility at Minty Grove.
Crace has an extensive BBQ area in Narden st, with a modern playground nearby.

Crace BBQ area, Gungahlin, BBQ areas
Crace BBQ area behind playgrounds and climbing frame

Crace BBQ area, Gungahlin, Canberra
Crace BBQ area - a large area for a family BBQ or two.

According to the TAMS Weekly BBQ Report....

Forde has a BBQ in Bruce Dittmar st, two in Quinane Avenue (one in Heritage Park), Tom Nicholas Crescent, and Volpato St Neighbourhood Park.
Franklin has a BBQ in Waraker st.
Gungahlin has a BBQ on Crinigan Circle at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.
Hall's, two BBQs are in Gladstone Street.
Harrison has one in Mullion Neighbourhood Park in Tanami St.
Finally, Nicholls has one BBQ at Candlebark Close Neighbourhood Park in Ibis St.

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

If your family is like mine, we enjoy using the BBQs - it is an enjoyable way to spend some time outdoors in Canberra's beautiful reserves and parklands.

Free BBQ areas in Gungahlin, Canberra
Throw a snag on the barbie this weekend!
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