The best free barbecue spots in Brisbane
Whether it be snags, steaks, shrimp or vegies, barbecues are ingrained in the Aussie culture, and as the Sunshine State capital, Brisbane parks deliver the goods when it comes to an old-fashioned barbie. Check out our top picks for the best barbecue spots around Brisbane.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Nothing can beat a barbecue atop the Kangaroo Point Cliffs at sunset. Watch as the city lights up at night with one of the best views in Brisbane while you relax with a snag and a cold drink. We recommend getting there early as this isn’t exactly a secret spot.
Really anywhere around Mt Coot-tha will provide you with a wide open space, barbecue and dense forest, but JC Slaughter Falls is our first pick for a top barbecue spot. The shady bushland area is great for the hot Brisbane weather.
South Bank’s barbecue facilities are located at Picnic Island Green, Riverside Green and Aquativity and are completely free to use – even better, when you’re eating a meal these areas they are licensed, so crack a tinnie. Very close to popular playgrounds, kids can enjoy the water playground and splash park to cool down on a hot summer's day.
Be sure to bring along your deck chairs and picnic rugs for a fun-filled day that can be enjoyed by the young and the old. Snatch a barbecue, relax under the trees and enjoy the breeze in the beautifully shaded surrounds of popular New Farm Park.
With some of the freshest prawns sold along nearby Sinbad St, it would be a sin not to indulge all tourists by throwing some shrimp on the barbie. They do sell quickly, so best to plan for a barbecue lunch.
Grab some snags, some friends and one of the free barbecues on offer for the ultimate day out! These barbecues operate on a first-in, first-served basis, so make sure you arrive early to secure your spot in the lush parkland.
Northshore Riverside Park
One of the only parks in Brisbane where you can safely put your feed in the water at the shoreline, this means the kids can have a little splash around in the iconic Brisbane River at this tiny riverside beach. Plus, barbecue at lunch, nap under a tree (or hire equipment and kayak) before wandering down to Eat Street markets when they open at 4pm on Friday or Saturday to grab a sweet treat for dessert.
A stretch of the Wynnum esplanade is abundant with barbecues, so grab a spot and settle in for the sunset with steaks and sausages. Don’t feel like cooking? Local fish and chips by the bay is always a big hit, just make sure to get a picnic table with prime viewing of the water.
Settlement Cove at Redcliffe
The northside version of Streets Beach, this water wonderland in Redcliffe is perfect for relaxing by the bay with a children's playground, wading pools and beachside barbecues to cook up a storm. Again, the trawlers at nearby Scarborough may deliver fresh seafood to your grill.
Families flock to the riverside Sherwood Arboretum to enjoy the natural ambience, playgrounds and barbecue areas. Let the kids run wild and roll down the hill as you sit back and enjoy the peaceful nature and wildlife surrounding while munching on a snag in bread.
Wear out the kids and take them to the largest riverfront park in Brisbane. They can enjoy the adventure playgrounds, riverside promenade, bikeways and half-sized basketball court while you care to one of the many barbecues available – no need to fight over one.
On the river’s edge in East Brisbane, enjoy a picnic or barbecue along the river with views of New Farm and the Story Bridge. Best of all, Mister Fitz and Doughnut is located just across the street – there’s always room for dessert.