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Surf Beach Road BBQ and Picnic Area, Ocean Grove

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by KJ (subscribe)
Published June 15th 2017
A popular picnic spot right next to Ocean Grove Beach


Located just off Surf Beach Road at Beach Access Point 14W, the Ocean Grove Foreshore BBQ and Picnic Area is a great spot to relax and have a picnic just metres away from beautiful Ocean Grove Beach.

It's a nice grassy area with great facilities, and despite being so close to the beach, is fairly sheltered from the wind, due to the trees and shrubs acting as a windbreak. The area incorporates the walking track, so it is fairly busy, with a constant flow of joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers using the track.

There are four electric barbecues, which are free and easy to use (they are operated by the push of a button). When I visited, they were all clean and the surrounding areas clean and well-maintained.

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Two of the electric barbecues under a shelter


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The other two electric barbecues are located behind the picnic shelter


There are plenty of picnic tables and seats, with a number of them located in a purpose-designed shelter.
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The barbecue shelter provides a place to sit and eat




There are also some picnic tables located on the grass, and on the other side of the walking track, near the beach.

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Wooden picnic table on the grass area near the barbecues


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Beach-side tables offer a beautiful view of the ocean


In terms of restrictions, glass and alcohol are not permitted in the area.

If you are using the area between the 1st of November and the 30th of April, make sure you check the CFA website for current Fire Danger Ratings.
During Total Fire Ban days, use of the public electric barbecues is still permitted, provided that certain conditions are met (these conditions are listed on the Geelong Council Website).

If you're thinking of heading down to the beach after lunch, it's literally only metres away, with beach access via a sealed pathway. The beach is beautiful, however if you're going for a swim, please note that it is classified as 'Moderately Hazardous' and can experience strong currents.

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The pathway to the beach


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An information sign near the pathway to the beach


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Ocean Grove Beach


Overall, it's a nice, clean and well-maintained area, and highly recommended to those looking for a good picnic spot in Ocean Grove.


Parking: Free parking is available nearby, in carparks on either side of the picnic area. From the carparks, just follow the walking track.

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Parking is available in a carpark between the BBQ area and Surf Live-Saving Club.


Rubbish Bins: Yes, there are rubbish and recycling bins

Toilets: Toilets are located a short distance away - just head west along the track, past the carpark.

Shade/Shelter: Yes

Other things to do nearby: Visit the beach, go for a walk along the track, or head up to the Ocean Grove Lookout and Playground.
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Why? To have a barbecue lunch and then head to the beach
When: Any time
Where: On the foreshore walking track that runs alongside Surf Beach Road, Ocean Grove (It's located at Beach Access Point 14W)
Cost: Free
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