BBQ Locations

BBQ Locations

Here's a selection of BBQ locations near waterways and reservoirs for you and your friends and family to enjoy the 84Hundred* and beyond.

Before you go, make sure you download the nearest Know Your River brochure for the history, geography and wildlife of the waterways.

Check out these delicious recipe ideas for your next picnic or barbecue:

Please remember to put all your rubbish in the bin after your picnic or barbecue, or take it home with you to dispose of it.

Have a look through these locations to help you choose where to go for your next barbecue or picnic. Download our handy BBQ locations reference sheet (PDF, 506kb) to print and keep.

Map of the parks around Victoria

Sugarloaf Reservoir Park, Christmas Hills

- near Yarra Glen

Sugarloaf Reservoir Park is located in the spectacular Christmas Hills. Currently much of the park is grassland. Remnant pockets of dry open-forest can be seen along the walking tracks.

Activities: Bush walking, picnicking, BBQs, bird watching, sightseeing, sailing and shoreline fishing. Have a picnic at Ironbark Ridge or Saddle Dam Picnic Areas overlooking the reservoir.

Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets and hot water facilities. Ironbark Ridge picnic area has two double hotplate gas BBQ's in the new shelter, and wood BBQ's - with wood supplied. Saddle Dam picnic area has no BBQ
facilities. Park visitors are encouraged to bring along their own portable gas BBQ as an alternative to the facilities provided (except on days of total fire ban).

Directions: Simpson Road via Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Christmas Hills. Melway ref: 273 A2.See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

Silvan Reservoir Park, Dandenong Ranges

The beautifully landscaped picnic areas
and open lawns of Silvan Reservoir Park help to make it an
ideal location for a day away from it all. There is also a
eucalypt forest and gullies of tall tree ferns to enjoy.

Activities: Forest walking, self-guided
nature trail, picnicking and BBQs.

Facilities: Wood and electric BBQs,
toilets, picnic tables and shelters.

Directions: Canterbury Road, turn right
at York Road in Mount Evelyn and follow the signs to the
park. Melway ref: 120 H11.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Silvan Reservoir Park

Yarra Flats Park, East lvanhoe

Yarra Flats Park, nestled beside the
Yarra River, features 85 ha of pastoral and heritage
landscapes, natural bushland, shimmering wetlands, abundant
birdlife and informal picnic areas.

Activities: Walk, cycle or jog the Main
Yarra Trail, picnicking and BBQs.

Facilities: Wood fired BBQs - wood
supplied, picnic shelter, toilets.

Directions: Enter from The Boulevard,
East lvanhoe. Melway ref: 32 C6.See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Yarra Flats Park

Greenvale Reservoir Park, Greenvale

Located just 25 minutes from the centre
of Melbourne and only a 15 minute drive from Melbourne
Airport, Greenvale Reservoir Park is a great place to visit
and enjoy the relaxing environment of beautiful parkland
overlooking the reservoir.

Activities: Tracks for walking, jogging
or cycling or visitors can take a leisurely stroll through
the 'Ironbark Trail' or have a picnic or BBQ.

Facilities: Picnic shelters, free gas
BBQs, playgrounds, baby change facilities and toilets are
provided. The picnic areas and toilets are accessible by

Directions: Somerton Road, Greenvale.
Melway ref: 179 C8.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Greenvale Reservoir Park

Maroondah Reservoir Park, Healesville

Maroondah Reservoir Park offers a
wonderful variety of experiences, from colourful gardens to
long and short walks, exotic and native trees, spectacular
scenery and an abundance of wildlife. The scenic attraction
of the reservoir and European-style gardens have made it one
of the most popular parks in Victoria.

Activities: Bushwalking, picnicking,
BBQs, photographing historic Rose Stairway, bird and
wildlife spotting.

Facilities: Picnic tables, wood
barbecues (wood supplied), rotundas, car parks, toilets,
walking trails and a lookout is provided in the park. Access
to the dam wall walk, for people with limited mobility, is
by arrangement.

Directions: The park is located around 3
km from Healesville in the Upper Yarra valley and
approximately 70 km east of Melbourne along the Maroondah
Highway. Melway ref: 270 K10.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Maroondah Reservoir Park

Brimbank Park, Keilor East

Brimbank Park was opened in 1976 as
part of the Maribyrnong Valley Park. The Maribyrnong River
has hollowed out a valley some 55 metres below the Western
Plains, with a steep bank on the northern side and gentle
terraces on the southern side forming a huge amphitheatre.

Activities: Scenic walks, fishing,
canoeing, bird watching, kite flying, picnicking, BBQs.

Facilities: Parking, toilets, picnic
tables, shelters, gas BBQs, walking paths, self-guided
walks, cycle paths, playgrounds, information centre and

Directions: Cars enter from Keilor Park
Drive which is off the Western Ring Road. Melways ref: 15

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information on

Brimbank Park

Yarra Bend Park, Kew and Fairfield

At Yarra Bend Park, the largest area of
natural vegetation near the city of Melbourne, the landscape
varies from steep, wild river escarpments to open woodlands,
formal parkland, playing fields and golf courses. It has
over 16 km of river frontage, and superb views of the city
and the Dandenongs from the higher areas.

Activities: Boating, canoeing, golf,
fishing, orienteering, picnicking, dining out, bird
watching, walking, cycling.

Facilities: Studley Park Boathouse, golf
courses, picnic areas. Studley Park Picnic Area has picnic
shelters, electric BBQs and toilet facilities. Bellbird
Picnic Area has shelter, electric BBQ, toilet facilities and
canoe-launching ramp

Directions: Studley Park Road and Yarra
Boulevard, Kew, or Yarra Bend Road, off Heidelberg Road,
Fairfield. Melway ref: 2D K6.See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information on

Yarra Bend Park

Cardinia Reservoir Park, Narre Warren East

Visitors who view the huge expanse of
Cardinia's water by the morning light will understand why
this is one of Melbourne's most popular outdoor

Activities: Playground at Crystal Brook
picnic area, watch the Eastern Grey Kangaroos feeding at
dawn or dusk, or basking in the sun along the kangaroo
viewing trail, picnicking, BBQs.

Facilities: Crystal Brook picnic area
has parking, BBQs, shelter and toilets. Duffy's picnic area
has BBQs, shelter and toilets. Kangaroo Flat picnic area has
BBQs, shelter and toilets. All picnic areas (except Kangaroo
Flat) have access and toilets for visitors with limited
mobility. Baby changing facilities.

Directions: Duffy's Road, off Wellington
Road at Narre Warren East. Melway ref: 126 C11.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Cardinia Reservoir Park

Melbourne Water is currently doing some works in Cardinia
Reservoir Park - visit the

Melbourne Water website

for more information.

Patterson River, Patterson Lakes

The Patterson River is a unique man
made waterway. As one of the few designated safe harbours on
the city side of the bay, it is the most popular boating
gateway to Port Phillip Bay. It is situated approximately 28
km south-east of Melbourne. The river begins at the joining
of the Eumemerring and Dandenong Creeks at the National
Watersports Centre before its short journey to the sea.

Activities: Recreational boating is a
major drawcard to the area. The river banks allow for
picnics, strolling and watching the boats slip by. Fishing
along the river is permitted for Victorian Fishing Licence
holders and bike riding is also popular with trails to
Mordialloc, Dandenong, Frankston and the city.

Facilities: Undercover picnic areas,
public toilets and electric barbecues.

Directions: Access is from Patterson
River boat ramps, via Launching Way, off McLeod Road,
Carrum. Melway ref: 97 E7.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Patterson River

Westgate Park, Port Melbourne

Westgate Park offers a range of
attractions and activities within close proximity to the
city. It is located along the eastern banks of the Yarra
River under the Westgate Bridge and offers spectacular views
to the mouth of the Yarra and the city skyline.

Activities: Picnicking, BBQs, cycle
along the Yarra River or the Port Melbourne foreshore, bird
watching, take the bicycle punt across the river to
Williamstown (weekends only), see the Earth Series

Facilities: Picnic facilities are
provided and group bookings of the lawn area can be made by
contacting Parks Victoria. The BBQ facility cannot be

Directions: Access to Westgate Park is
via Todd Road or near the end of Lorimer Street, Port
Melbourne. Melway ref: 56 F1.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Westgate Park

Plenty Gorge Park, South Morang

Plenty Gorge Park offers a wide
diversity of natural and cultural experiences only 20 km
from the Melbourne CBD. The spectacular gorge sets a back
drop for stunning landscape views and the abundant native
wildlife are always on show.

Activities: Le Page homestead, barn and
stables, spectacular views, walking around the picturesque
lakes or peninsula. Enjoy bird and wildlife watching,
bushwalking, picnicking and barbecuing in natural surrounds.

Facilities: Yarrambat, Hawkstowe and
Yellow Gum picnic areas all have toilets, electric BBQs and
picnic shelters. Middle Gorge Picnic Area has car parking,
viewing platforms and walking tracks, toilets and other
picnic facilities are located on adjacent council parkland
along the Plenty River. Red Gum Picnic Area has a children's
playground, and toilet facilities with parenting amenities.

Directions: Turn off Plenty Road into
Gordons Road, the park entrance is 100 metres on the left.
Melway ref: 183 H8.

See map here

to the Parks Victoria website for more information about

Plenty Gorge Park

Westerfolds Park, Templestowe

Westerfolds Park defies its suburban
setting. Its gracious, rural character is derived from the
manor house overlooking the ancient River Red Gums and the
broad sweep of the Yarra and all landmarks around

Activities: From the observation deck,
watch the Yarra River bubble over rapids. Bring your own
canoes and go for a race down the river. Picnicking and

Facilities: Picnic tables, wood and
electric BBQs, shelters, toilets, playgrounds, canoe ramp,
viewing platform, Park Information Centre and Park Office.

Directions: Either via Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe, Melway ref: 33 G2, or in Porter Street,
Templestowe, Melway ref: 33 E3.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Westerfolds Park

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park, Warburton

Up in the peaceful high country, this
park is the upper most point of the Yarra River accessible
to the public. The carefully maintained gardens and picnic
grounds encompassed by eucalypt bushland and spectacular
scenery, makes visiting Upper Yarra Reservoir Park a
memorable experience.

Activities: Fern Gully self-guided
trail, Brimbonga Walking Track, breathtaking views,
birdwatching, see the restored McVeigh's Water Wheel
operating in the picnic area. Picnicking and BBQs.

Facilities: Wood BBQs, hot water
facilities, walking tracks, lookout areas. The wet weather
hall provides sheltered seating, electric BBQs and hot

Directions: Off Woods Point Road about
24 kilometres east of Warburton. Melway ref: 612 U2.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Jells Park, Wheelers Hill

Jells Park is at the hub of a network
of parklands linked by the Dandenong Creek. Nestled in the
heart of suburbia in Wheelers Hill, the park is abundant
with native plants and wildlife and is a diverse recreation
destination for the whole family - you can experience it all
in Melbourne's backyard.

Activities: Fishing (valid Recreational
Fishing Licence required), bird watching, cycling, walking,
running, rollerblading, picnicking and BBQs.

Facilities: Eight picnic areas, four
with solid fuel BBQ's (wood provided) at Jells North; two
with free electric BBQs at Jells North; two with free
electric BBQs at Jells South; six with picnic shelters; each
picnic area has water and toilets nearby; three adventure
playgrounds; a Liberty Swing at Jells South; Jells Park
Visitor Centre; a bird hide.

Directions: Jells South - Ferntree Gully
Road, off Eastlink, Wheelers Hill. Melway ref: 72 A10.
Visitor Centre and all other picnic areas - Waverley Road,
Wheelers Hill. Melway ref: 71 J5. Pedestrian and cycle
access is available along the Dandenong Creek Trail from
Nortons Lane and Corhanwarrabul wetlands, as well as from
the Eastlink Trail and Scotchmans Creek trail. Alternatively
take Waverley Bus 754 and 1753 from Glen Waverley.

See map here

Go to the Parks Victoria website for more information
Jells Park


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