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Great Barbecue Locations Around Brisbane

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Published March 28th 2016
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Great Barbecue Locations around Brisbane

It seems like every park in Brisbane, no matter how small, has a barbecue in it. However many of the barbecues are not used because the park is not really perfect for barbecuing. Here are a list of some outstanding locations around Brisbane for barbecuing. Every location on this list has something special in near the barbecue area.



When barbecuing remember other people use the barbecues as well. You often need a scraper, a wire brush and paper towels to clean the barbecue before cooking. I usually take aluminium foil or a barbecue mat to use. Please always remember to clean the barbecue as best you can after you have finished.

Nudgee Beach

Nudgee Beach is a little isolated community with a great wetland reserve and wonderful barbecue area. There are plenty of covered picnic areas as well as shade trees along with wide open space for activities.

The Nudgee Beach Reserve
The Nudgee Beach Reserve


The beach is not suitable for swimming but people happily walk out on the mud flats at low tide and wade in the shallow water at high tide.

Nudgee Beach
Nudgee Beach


The highlight is the 2 km track around the wetlands. Most of this walk is a boardwalk out over the mangroves. There is also a bird hide for bird watchers.

The boardwalk at the Nudgee Beach Wetlands
The boardwalk at the Nudgee Beach Wetlands


There is only one shop at Nudgee Beach, Pam's Cafe 88, which sells a wide variety of things from sit down meals, as well snacks and drinks for your barbecue.

Pam's Cafe 88 at Nudgee Beach
Pam's Cafe 88 at Nudgee Beach


Bullocky Rest at Lake Samsonvale

There are many lakes around Brisbane, but not all are good for barbecuing. One of my favourite places to barbecue is Bullocky Rest, a small grassy peninsular that juts out into Lake Samsonvale. There is a lot of parking here, both out on the peninsular itself and near the road.

Bullocky Rest and Lake Samsonvale
Bullocky Rest and Lake Samsonvale


There are plenty of barbecues and picnic tables around and even on the busiest days there is plenty of space. Most weekends this spot if fairly quiet.

Bullocky Rest and Lake Samsonvale
Bullocky Rest and Lake Samsonvale


While the lake is not really open to activities at the moment, it is a wonderful place to visit. Ducks and black swans happily wander up around the picnic area are and there is plenty of other bird life on the lake.

Swans on Lake Samsonvale
Swans on Lake Samsonvale


There is also an 8 km walk alongside the lake for those who want to stretch their legs before or after eating.

Lake Samsonvale seen from the walking track
Lake Samsonvale seen from the walking track


Roma Street Parklands

There are several places close to the city centre to barbecue. Most people head to the South Bank Parklands. While you can swim there, the problem is that the amount of free green space is rapidly diminishing. An alternative that is catching on is the Roma Street Parklands.

Roma Street Parklands
Roma Street Parklands


The main barbecue area is the Lakeside BBQs or Frangipani Court (which is beautiful when the Farngipanis are in bloom). However there are several other places to barbecue as well around the park, especially in the upper parklands area.

Lakeside BBQs at Roma Street Parklands
Lakeside BBQs at Roma Street Parklands


The reason to barbecue here is that it is a beautiful park, the main barbecue area beside a little lake and behind a waterfall. There are also plenty of open sport fields to play games on and shelter if it rains.

Roma Street Parklands
Roma Street Parklands


Most importantly, you are legally allowed to drink in this park. While you see people drink in other parks, it is not legal. Please though, no glasses, instead pour your drink into plastic cups to drink.

Roma Street Parklands is also a great place to Barbecue at night
Roma Street Parklands is also a great place to Barbecue at night


Daisy Hill Conservation Park

Around Brisbane there are many bushland areas, and quite a few have barbecues. Probably the best bushland area for a barbecue is the Daisy Hill Conservation Park.

Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Daisy Hill Conservation Park


The is one large main area to barbecue in next to the little koala zoo in the lower day use area, as well as a barbecues at the upper day use area.

Barbecue at Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Barbecue at Daisy Hill Conservation Park


The obvious highlight of the park are the koalas. Yes, it is possible to spot a koala in the wild at Daisy Hill, though when that fails, you can also just go to the little zoo instead.

A Koala in the wild at Daisy Hill
A Koala in the wild at Daisy Hill


Daisy Hill is popular with a range of activities. You can do the 9 km Buhot Tree Circuit, go mountain biking on dedicated tracks or just wander around the very short Tree Discovery Trail. Oh, and if you have a horse, you can ride it here as well.

The old quarry at Daisy Hill Conservation Park
The old quarry at Daisy Hill Conservation Park


7th Brigade Park in Chermside

When it comes to barbecues with families, it is nice to find a place where there is a lot to do while not being too crowded. The 7th Brigade Park in Chermside is a great example of this.

The 7th Brigade Park in Chermside
The 7th Brigade Park in Chermside


Located just behind the Westfield Shopping Centre and on the downfall creek cycle path, this park sees some visitors but it is rarely crowded.

The Downfall Creek path in Chermside
The Downfall Creek path in Chermside


Along with the barbecues there are a wide range of other facilities at the 7th Brigade Park. These include a giant covered climbing fort for kids, half court basketball court,a wall and two courts for handball and a kids bike track. There is also a giant chess board but no chess pieces (unless you can persuade the kids at your barbecue to stand around being pawns).

7th brigade park in Chermside
7th brigade park in Chermside

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