Chucking a prawn on the barbie is a nationally-respected Aussie tradition ... so don't think that just because you left all your cooking implements at home, you can't enjoy one of Australia's most famous traditions while you are in the country! There are literally thousands of public barbeques that you can use across New South Wales; if you choose one in an area with underground-piped gas, most won’t even cost you any cash! Barbeques are delicious, cheap, and a great way to get out and about and see a little more than your Sydney youth hostel. Here are 7 of the best places to have an outdoor barbeque in Sydney.
Olympic Park is a very recently cleared area, created especially for (funnily enough!) the Olympics in Sydney in 2000. There are free barbeques available here, as well as picnic areas, plenty of shaded grassy spots to sit down, and cycling paths if you'd like to hire a bike and strap on the esky to work off those sausage calories!
2.Lane Cove National Park in Chatswood
There are over 25 individual picnic areas in Lane Cove National Park, so you are not likely to have to share a hotplate with seventeen other families and groups. You will need a car to get here though - see if somebody at your youth hostel in Sydney has already rented a camper, as the entry fee of $7 is charged per vehicle.
3.Bronte Park in Bronte
If you can't rustle up a vehicle, Bronte Park is easily accessible by public transport. It is well-known as the best spot in Sydney to grab a feed, so plan your barbeque for a weekday to minimize the crowds.
4.Centennial Park in the City Centre
The park was opened in 1901, a green oasis in the middle of the city. The park is enormous, but barbeques are fairly scattered. You might be well-served to hire a bike, because if the hotplate near your entrance is taken, it can be a long walk to find the next one. This does guarantee you a fair bit of privacy, though.
5.Shelley Beach in Manly
Most backpackers in Sydney end up checking out Manly Beach at some stage. Shelley Beach is quite close by, and faces north so in summer you'll be able to cook your dinner here until around 8pm. Brazilian drums are one of the local attractions here - awesome digestive music!
6.Captain Cook's Landing Place in Kurnell
This one is a little trickier to get to by public transport, with the more industrial suburb of Kurnell blocking the path from the main youth hostels in Sydney a little. The barbeques here are free, and there is lots of sightseeing and history lesson plaques around the place to keep it interesting.
Swimming is no longer allowed in the lake, but there are plenty if ducks to throw your crusts to! Again, the gas barbeques are free, the Lake is easy to get to via public transport, and there is plenty of shade to be found among the big oaks and sycamores.
A summer barbeque is one of the ultimate pleasures of the Australian climate ... chargrilling and fresh air are possibly the most underrated seasonings in the entire world! Make sure you indulge in a BBQ while you're backpacking in Sydney - cheap, always available, and so much fun.