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Published July 5th 2012
Sydney is spoilt for choices when it comes to parks and reserves. There's really no reason why we don't spend more time outdoors, unless it's wet and raining of course.
If you don't own a barbeque burner at home here are five good spots to kick start your barbeque party hosting, and you don't have to wait till summer because anytime is a good time to have a barbie, really.
Pirrama park's barbeque and picnic facilities are located in a prime spot, facing the water with views of the Sydney Harbour bridge to the right and the Anzac bridge to the left. This parkland has been revamp to include a kids' playground, a sheltered bay with water access steps and a sink area to gut and clean your catch of the day, before tossing them on the barbie.
Bicentennial park is a park for everyone: joggers, strollers, dog-walkers, dating couples and bbq party-goers. It is nestled in Rozelle Bay and is one of four parks that interconnect to make up the Glebe Foreshore Parks. Bicentennial park is great for kids with a large playground equipped with sandpits and fun structures to climb and clamber on.
Access to the barbeque facilities is via Chapman Road on the west.
Ballast Point Park is located at the tip of the Balmain Peninsula and ranks as one of my favourite parks in Sydney. It was historically a sandstone quarry which explains the relics you see lying around the park. There are even artifacts on display in glass shelves built into the stone facade, making this a very unique feature of the park.
The barbeque pits are located at the upper end of the park near Ronald Street so you can take in gorgeous views of the entire Snails Bay and the harbour bridge.
Access to the barbeque facilities is via Wharf Road, but do take some time to explore the entire park area and walk down towards Mort Bay Park.
Ashfield park is a no frills quiet park that serves its local residents well. There is a sporting field, kids playground, toddlers play area, BBQ facilities and a lawn bowling club. On a good sunny day you see families picnicking on the grass, couples with baby strollers taking a walk and senior citizens performing tai chi. It's very family friendly and less of a doggie park if that's what you prefer.
Access the park from Parramatta Road or Orpington Street. BBQ facilities are located close to the kids playground.