Driving around town, you might have seen the Australian flag flying boldly in the wind attached to someone’s car, reminding us that it’s time to celebrate our country. It’s been 225 years since Captain Arthur Phillip landed in Sydney Cove and we’re proud to call Australia home. With Australia Day falling on a Monday this year, we have a whole long weekend to celebrate and nothing says Australia Day quite like an Aussie barbeque with the family.
Here are our top 5 barbeque spots in Australia.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Two years ago Prince William visited Australia and enjoyed a barbecue in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Consider following in his royal footsteps by celebrating your Australia Day at these beautiful gardens located right on the Sydney Harbour. After you’ve had lunch, you can spend the afternoon exploring the different gardens by foot or you can jump on the Trackless Train for a scenic tour. Be sure to take a seat in Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, which is believed to have been hand carved for Governor Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth in 1810.
Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane
Roma Street Parklands is the perfect spot for a family barbeque this Australia Day. Located in the heart of Brisbane city, its lush surroundings offer the ideal space for the kids to kick a footy or play some outdoor cricket. There’s also a children’s playground and with great barbeque facilities, picnic tables and shady trees, it’s a great park for an afternoon outdoors.
Royal Park, Melbourne
Royal Park covers a massive 170 hectares, earning the title of the largest park in Melbourne. Have your Australia Day barbeque here and enjoy the wildlife, with many native Australian animals and a rich variety of birdlife. Kids will love the playground and make sure you take the dog as there is an ‘off leash’ area in the park.
Point Walter Reserve, Perth
Take the kids to Point Walter Reserve in Perth and enjoy the peaceful setting. Located on the banks of the Swan River, it’s the perfect spot for a summer barbeque with two big playgrounds, plenty of shady trees and long walking tracks. Make sure the kids bring their swimmers as they’ll be able to paddle in the water and play on the sandy shore.
Rymill Park, Adelaide
Rymill Park, also known as Park 14, has excellent barbeque facilities, picnic tables and wide paths perfect for walking or riding a bike. Enjoy the many beautifully manicured gardens and make sure you stop to smell the roses at Rymill Park’s Rose Garden. Kids will love the playground and large sandpit. You might even try hiring a rowboat from the kiosk and heading out on the lake with the kids to see the ducks up close.