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Gold Coast Best BBQ spots

Kobi Facto | January 15, 2022

The Gold Coast has more than 380 public BBQs to get your fix this summer.

From the northern reaches of Pimpama to the southern hotspots of Coolangatta and everywhere in between, we have rounded-up the best places for a barbie on the Gold Coast this Australia Day. Don’t forget – the early bird gets the worm!

Northern Gold Coast

Hollindale Park

MacArthur Parade, Main Beach

Throw a shrimp on the barbie at Hollindale Park in Main Beach. There are several BBQs to choose from adjacent to the Southport Surf Life Saving Club – complete with cracking views of the ocean. There’s a playground for the little ones, plenty of grassed space to throw the frisbee and the golden sand of a patrolled surf beach at your fingertips.

Broadwater Parklands

Marine Parade, Southport

BBQ in your bathers at this sprawling northern favourite. The Broadwater Parklands offers over three kilometres of manicured green space flanked by the sparkling Broadwater. Grab a shaded BBQ near the playground or escape the crowds with more secluded BBQ areas available under the shade of the sheoaks. The Broadwater Parklands is also home to the Southport Rockpools and GC Aqua Park for kids water play. Pack your footy, scooters and swimmers – you’ll want to spend the day.

Paradise Point Parklands

This Gold Coast location offers stunning water views and a ramp for those who want to go boating. A netted swimming area, well-maintained amenity blocks and an extra-large shaded playground makes this Broadwater spot a hit with families.

Bim’bimba Park

Gainsborough Drive, Pimpama

Bim’bimba Park has been named as the best new park in Queensland at the 2020 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards. The $7.5 million development features five hectares of feature-packed green space including an epic playground, basketball half-court, skate ramps, outdoor table tennis, shaded BBQ and picnic areas, an outdoor amphitheatre and three kilometres of walking and cycle paths. Safe to say there is something for the whole family.

Central Gold Coast

Cascade Gardens

Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

This tranquil leafy park hidden behind Broadbeach is the perfect place for a relaxed family BBQ. Cascade Gardens features a large playground, nature walks, water aspect and plenty of BBQs and shaded picnic areas. The dense greenery provides a cool and welcome relief from the steamy summer days. Cascade Gardens is also home to the Rotary Kokoda Memorial Wall and the Queensland Korean War Memorial.

Kurrawa Pratten Park

Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

Located in the heart of Broadbeach, Kurrawa Prattan Park is a favourite with locals and holiday makers. There are plenty of BBQs to go around, large open grass areas to kick a footy and a huge playground to entertain kids of all ages. You’ve got cafes, bottle shops and supermarkets across the road for those last minute lunch essentials. Be sure to pack your swimmers for a refreshing dip in the ocean too.

Evandale Park, HOTA

Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Sitting pretty behind Surfers Paradise is Evandale Park at HOTA, Home of the Arts. Whether you’re feeding the family or catching up with mates, this scenic spot is sure to deliver. There are several BBQs and picnic tables overlooking the Nerang River. The established trees, waterways and city skyline provides a dramatic backdrop for a truly special celebration. There’s also an enclosed swimming area at the lake, gated playground, outdoor showers and modern toilet facilities.

Southern Gold Coast

Queen Elizabeth Park

Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Queen Elizabeth Park is quintessentially Gold Coast. Wide open green space flanked by golden beach and the iconic Greenmount headland in the background. Cruise down the foreshore on bike or skateboard before finding the perfect picnic spot. There are plenty of BBQs dotted along the park with playgrounds to keep the little ones busy. Pack the beach cricket for extra laughs.

Laguna Park

Laguna Ave, Palm Beach

This one is for the kids! Laguna Park is home to one of the Gold Coast’s best playgrounds – complete with pirate ship, slides, rockers and a pedal powered monorail. The good news is that the playground is fully fenced and easily viewable from nearby BBQs and picnic areas. Fur-babies are also welcome with a designated off-leash exercise area available for dogs.

Winders Park

Duringan Street, Currumbin

Watersports and snags anyone? Running along Currumbin Creek, Winders Park is a great spot to launch the kayak or stand-up paddle boards for a pre-lunch paddle. There are plenty of BBQs to choose from, shaded picnic tables and a little playground for the kids too.