Find out more about which parks have BBQs and bookable sites and where they are located.

BBQ at Scarborough Park.

For a simple gathering like a picnic you can make a booking with us that will give you first priority use of a particular site.

A number of parks also have fixed BBQs near bookable sites. While the BBQs cannot be booked, you can reserve the picnic space nearby. Simply use the BBQ when it's available then leave it clean and tidy for others to use after you.

The BBQs are free and work by electric ignition; push the start button for 15 seconds to operate. You can also take your own gas BBQ to any park except the Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale. Only gas BBQs are permitted, due to the risk of fires.

To help you choose a site, use the table below for more information on the location of BBQs and bookable spaces at some of our popular parks. Many other parks also have bookable sites so if your preferred park is not listed here, contact us to check availability.

Park Bookable picnic spaces and capacity Fixed BBQs Features
Barnett Park [PDF 700KB] 1 picnic area 1

Sports fields

Playground

Walking tracks

Halswell Quarry

9 picnic areas:

  • 1 x 200 people
  • 2 x 150 people 
  • 3 x 100 people
  • 3 x 50-60 people
No

Walking and biking tracks

Orienteering courses

Sister City botanical collections

Wetland conservation area

Dog exercise area

Heathcote Domain [PDF 860KB] 1 picnic area 1

Sports field

Playground

Tennis courts

Ouruhia Reserve [PDF 730KB] 1 picnic area 1 Playground
Scarborough Park [PDF 850KB] 1 picnic area 1

Playground

Paddling pool

Sumner beach

South New Brighton Park 1 picnic area 1

Playground

Basketball court

Estuary

Spencerville Reserve [PDF 750KB] 1 picnic area 1 Playground
Spencer Park

3 picnic areas:

  • 3 x 50 people
6 - throughout park

Playground

Small animal enclosure

Paddling pool

Walking tracks

Nearby beach

Styx Mill 1 picnic area No

River

Dog exercise area

Walking tracks

Styx River 2 picnic areas No

River

Playground

Walking tracks

The Groynes 7 picnic areas:
  • 2 x 150 people
  • 2 x 100 people
  • 3 x 60 people.
3 - near Picnic Areas 2 and 3

Playgrounds

River

Fishing lakes

Walking tracks

Dog park

Orienteering courses

There are also fixed BBQ at North Hagley and South Hagley Park but no bookable spaces.