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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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).