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By Tamille Head
December 10, 2020
By Tamille Head
December 10, 2020

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Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue and a few cold bevvies in the sunshine. With an average 283 days of sunshine per year in Brisbane, you'd be a fool not to embrace the outdoors. Barbecues are etched deep in our culture here in the River City, and while there are plenty of parks to enjoy a snag fresh from the barbie not all of them allow you to legally enjoy booze. In partnership with Jim Beam, we've rounded up four barbecue spots in Brisbane where you can tuck into a barbecue and a few drinks worry-free.


New Farm Park via Brisbane City Council and Flickr


Sprawling an impressive 37 acres, New Farm Park is undeniably a favourite picnic and barbecue spot for Brisbanites. With lush lawns, manicured rose gardens, river views and the heritage-listed Powerhouse Museum taking pride of place, it's easy to see why. There are plenty of barbecues and tables to accommodate large groups, or perhaps you'd prefer to lay out a couple of picnic blankets on the grass for a more relaxed vibe? Because it's so generously sized, the park has plenty of space to kick around a ball or play a game of bocce if you're wanting to set up camp here for the whole afternoon. You are permitted to drink alcohol here so long as you're eating.


People walking through Roma Street Parklands Brisbane

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Planted in the middle of the CBD, Roma Street Parklands is as convenient as it is varied. If the thought of laying on a picnic rug while you tuck into a freshly cooked barbecue feast with a cascading waterfall in the background appeals to you, then we'd recommend heading to Celebration Lawn. Come nighttime, the waterfall is lit with a range of colours, adding a touch of romance to your evening. There are plenty of barbecues, but get in early to nab a spot and settle in for a day of feasting and frolicking around the lawn. Or, you could explore the Parklands a little further after lunch. The best part is, you can bring your own booze to Celebration Lawn between the hours of 10am–8pm seven days a week.


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Also situated within Roma Street Parklands, Lake Meadow Precinct is perfect for those days when you're chasing a little relaxation. With sprawling green lawns that stretch around a stunning manmade lake, the area attracts visitors and locals for its ability to make you feel like you've been transported to a tropical destination. Like the Celebration Lawn, alcohol is permitted at Lakeside Meadow between the hours of 10am–8pm daily, so you can kick back and enjoy a few drinks as you prepare a tasty lunch and relax on the grass.



South Bank Parklands is teeming with picnic spots and barbecue facilities, but our favourite has to be Riverside Green — mostly because you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage here between 10am–8pm. With stunning, uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River and city skyline, Riverside Green is a popular spot year-round, so make sure you get in early to nab a spot on the hotplates. The free barbecue amenities are generally in high demand, but once you're done feasting there's lots of space to kick back on the lawns and watch the day go by. And, if you've got kids in tow, let them run wild on the impressive playground nearby.


Top image: Roma Street Parklands via Bert Knot

Published on December 10, 2020 by Tamille Head


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