Yarra Bend Park, only 10 minutes’ drive from Melbourne city centre. Built in 1863 the original two-storey building is now a café with outdoor seating, upstairs restaurant and kiosk with boat hire facilities. Close by to the historic building are multiple electric BBQ’s, picnic tables and a picnic shelter. There’s also plenty of space to play games or relax on the grass. Enjoy a refreshing drink or long lunch and take in the sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire classic row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia.

 
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Enjoy a BBQ in a park

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Enjoy a BBQ in a park

Organising a BBQ in a park with friends or family is a great way to spend a sunny Spring afternoon or evening.

Many of our parks have free bbq facilities with picnic tables and open grass areas to spread out, relax and play games. Make sure to check which parks have the BBQ facilities to suit you, on the individual park site pages or download the park’s Visitor Guide. When using BBQ facilities, please be respectful and clean the BBQ hotplate after use. And remember our precious native wildlife and environment by taking your rubbish home with you. 

A fantastic destination for a picnic is the historic Studley Park Boathouse at Yarra Bend Park, only 10 minutes’ drive from Melbourne city centre. Built in 1863 the original two-storey building is now a café with outdoor seating, upstairs restaurant and kiosk with boat hire facilities. Close by to the historic building are multiple electric BBQ’s, picnic tables and a picnic shelter. There’s also plenty of space to play games or relax on the grass. Enjoy a refreshing drink or long lunch and take in the sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire classic row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia.

 

Other parks to enjoy a BBQ

 
Two men cook share the cooking of a barbecue.

BBQ

Fire up the barbecue at your next social gathering with family and friends while you're surrounded by nature.
Two friends welcome another couple to share a picnic with them.

Picnic areas and playgrounds in Jells Park

There are several picnic areas with varyng facilities around Jells Park including the Oaks and Ashes, Stringybark and Pines Picnic Areas.
Three friends share a picnic on the shores of Lysterfield Lake.

Picnic areas in Lysterfield Park

There are two picnic areas along the lake shore and both have toilets, picnic tables and free electric barbecues.
Maroondah Reservoir Park in the Yarra Ranges National Park.

Maroondah Reservoir Park

Maroondah features gardens with stands of native and exotic trees, native animals and birds and walking tracks. Its playground, lawns and cool summer shade make it a popular picnic destination in warmer months.
A family stops for lunch at MacKenzie's Flat Picnic Area

Mackenzies Flat

Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area, at the end of the Lerderderg Gorge Road, is a popular spot for a picnic.There are toilets, electric barbecues and picnic tables.
A man talks to his wife who is sitting on a camp chair as he exists his tent.

The Gums Camping

With great facilities in a delightful bush setting close to Melbourne, The Gums camping area is a popular base for relaxing and exploring the northern section of Kinglake National Park.

Other social activities and ideas

 
A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Picnics

Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
Beauchamp Falls, Great Otway National Park.

Waterfalls

See spectacular waterfalls flowing in the alpine mountain peaks and lush tall forests best viewed in winter or after heavy rainfall.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Stargazing

Escape the city lights to remote nature locations to see the spectacular starry southern night sky.
A couple take a tour of Spermwhale Head with traditional owners from the Gurnaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
A man with an afro wearing a leather jacket follows a woman wearing a cream knitted jumper up the garden steps and into an opening in the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens.

Botanic gardens

Stroll through magnificent gardens that promise to delight all year round. Make sure you return to see the treasures that come with changing seasons.
A mother and daughter linger at the end of a pier on the Mallacoota Inlet

Piers and jetties

Stroll along coastal piers and jetties or cast a line and fish at popular catchment areas in Port Phillip and Western Port.
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