If there is such a thing as the ‘Great Australian Dream’, cooking up a storm on a gas-powered BBQ in the park on a perfect summer day is a big part of it. Whether it’s cheap sausages and tomato sauce or something a little more gourmet, park barbies are a deeply ingrained part of our culture, and there aren’t many places more beautiful than sunny Perth to enjoy them.
Here we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Perth BBQ spots as well as a guide to finding a BBQ near you, making your next cooking adventure in the great outdoors a little easier.
Forget the casino, Burswood Park is a perfect place to while away an afternoon and get the family outdoors. There are undercover areas, playgrounds and, most importantly if you’re planning on staying for lunch, BBQs.
Along the most iconic strip of coastline in Western Australia, City Beach has earned a well-deserved reputation as a magnificently beautiful spot to take a dip or simply lay back and watch the Indian Ocean roll in against the shoreline. This beautiful spot has free BBQs – excellent for a full day at the seaside. For more spots on the beach, check out our blog post on our favourite beaches here.
Tucked away along the Swan River, just a few minutes from Perth CBD, Matilda Bay Reserve is well-loved by locals. It makes for a good day out with the family as there’s plenty of space to test your amateur cricketing skills and is dog-friendly too (bonus!). There are BBQs scattered throughout the reserve, so we’ll let you decide on the best place to spend the day (see meatinapark.com.au for some assistance).
Adjacent to an absolute gem of a beach in the northern suburbs (although you don’t necessarily have to be at the beach itself) is Whitfords Nodes Park. This cute little spot comes fully equipped with multiple BBQs for all to enjoy.
A handy first stop is the website meatinapark.com.au, which has compiled all of the freely available public BBQs across Australia. Just pop in your local suburb or spot you’re heading to, and it’ll give you some stellar options.
Your second-best bet is to peruse your local council website. As most councils provide freely available gas BBQs, they’re usually listed on their website. We’ve linked to local council park and BBQ guides here for convenience.
Remember to always practice fire safety, clean up after yourself (and friends/family) and keep our shared spaces clean. Happy BBQing!
This post was written for Brighter, a natural gas initiative.