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Tops Spots For A Beach BBQ In Sydney

Without a doubt there is no better way to spend a day out in Sydney than getting out to one of the stunning beaches for a BBQ. Sydney is more than just the CBD, the shops, Opera House and *tourist attractions*. When you look again, you’ll find that Sydney has some amazing parklands and beaches, perfect spots for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When you want to BBQ in Sydney, all you need do is pack your esky, grab your portable BBQ, pack up the car and head out to some of Sydney’s best BBQ spots.
 

  • Shelly Beach, Manly:

    Shelly beach is famous for not only being a quiet place, it’s also a very *family friendly* area. The beach has its own free BBQ areas as well, or you can pack your own. There is plenty to do here including hiking, snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming.

 

  • Collaroy Beach, Northern Beaches:

    Collaroy beach is one of the best spots on the Northern Beaches for spending the day in the sun and enjoying the weather. Of course, it’s well known for it’s surfing history and excellent swimming conditions. Collaroy Beach has recently had an *upgrade* with the park located off the beach renovated, it now has a sheltered BBQ area and picnic tables available. There is even a BBQ inside the children’s playground area which is perfect for a family day out. The spot also includes wi-fi access points, public toilets, rockpools and if you want to try your hand at surfing this is a great *beginners beach* with good wind surfing in north easterly or south easterly winds.

 
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  • Tamarama Beach, Bondi:

    Tamarama Beach is a quiet beach with great surf conditions, it’s also nestled in along the Bondi to Coogee walk. There is a BBQ area located at the top end of the beach, along with sheltered picnic tables and free electric hot plates located next to the children’s play area. Tamarama beach is surrounded by hills and the sounds of crashing waves, it’s the perfect place to BBQ in Sydney and just relax and unwind.

 

  • The Basin, Sydney North:

    Is a picturesque setting inside the surrounds of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. While not a beach, there are some nice calm water areas where young children can splash around. There is a grassy area found on the eastern shores of West Head which includes a well-maintained BBQ area. With plenty of area for the kids to run around, and some great views.

 

  • North Bondi Beach:

    Bondi is without a doubt; Australia’s most iconic beach and the north point of Bondi is a great spot to have a picnic or BBQ overlooking the famous beach. The park has a few picnic shelters and coin operated BBQ’s but if you are not bringing your own BBQ you need to get there early as this spot gets very busy during summer.

 

  • Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf:

    A great spot for a BBQ in Sydney with Clontarf beach next to the park, a lovely beach with little waves and views of Spit bridge. There are plenty of grassy areas for the kids to play and large trees that provide some shade on hot summer days. Facilities include sheltered picnic tables, toilets, a shaded playground, café/kiosk and free electric BBQ’s.

 

  • Winnererremy Bay Foreshore Reserve, Mona Vale:

    A great spot right by the water with picnic tables and free sheltered electric BBQ’s. The park is located next to a large gated playground, a bike track and café. Facilities include toilets, café, bubblers, paid carparking and free street parking.

 

  • Newport Beach, Newport:

    Newport beach is patrolled by lifesavers and has great surfing conditions, if you want to swim, there is a rock pool located at the southern end, with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby, an enclosed playground, toilet and showers and paid or free street parking.

 
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  • North Palm Beach, Palm Beach:

    Another quiet, family friendly beach with good swimming conditions, great for both BBQ’s and picnics, situated near Barrenjoey lighthouse and the Palm Beach Golf Course. Facilities include showers and toilets, electric BBQ’s, a carpark and located in Governor Phillip Park is a playground.

 

  • Freshwater Beach:

    Freshwater is located between Manly and Curl Curl beach. Located next to the beach is a large picnic area with free BBQ’s and a playground for the kids. There is also a viewing platform at the southern end, and a rockpool on the northern side. Facilities include showers, toilets, kiosk, café’s nearby, a paid car park and street parking.

 

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TOP 10 BBQ COOKING TIPS

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TOP 10 BBQ COOKING TIPS

While people up north are gearing up for winter, the party is just getting started down under. People all over Australia are wheeling out their barbeque ovens, camping gear and wood-fired heaters for the cool summer nights. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you get ready to fire up your BBQs this summer.
 

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BBQ

Even the best cooks depend on the capacity of their equipment. Think about getting a Barbeque with a lid on it to make sure your steak cooks evenly by protecting your flames from the wind.
 

CHOICE OF FUEL

Most wood and charcoal enthusiasts say that their fuels add to the meat’s flavour and authenticity, unlike gas BBQs. However, Weber Barbeque Sydney has come up with a gas BBQ that is fitted with a Flavorizer to infuse the natural flavours you desire. You could also use Weber BBQ briquettes in a normal wood barbeque as they light up faster than wood and charcoal and burn slower.
 

CONTROL THE TEMPERATURES

The main cause of burnt BBQ meat is excess heat. When the heat is too high, the outside of your steak gets charred long before the inside cooks. You can easily control the temperature by using a heat regulated grill like a Beefeater BBQ.
 
BBQ Cooking Tips
 
 

USE THE HAND TEST

If you don’t have a temperature gauge, try the hand test. Place your hand about 12 cm above the grill and if you can hold it there for up to 10 seconds, you have low heat. 5 seconds classifies and medium heat and less than 2 seconds it high.
 

PREHEAT THE BBQ

Depending on the recipe you are following, it is important to preheat the grill so that you start the roast off at the right temperature. The standard Beefeater BBQ Sydney range comes fitted with a temperature gauge to help you. Preheating also kills off bacteria and helps get your meat ready faster.
 

OIL THE GRILL

Oiling the grill is a smart way to keep the meat from sticking to it. Simply douse the preheated grill with vegetable oil.
 

MARINATE YOUR MEAT

Marinating the meat is what sets a good BBQ from a great one. Go through the recipes you have access to and learn how to mix a special blend of the marinade to dazzle your guests.
 

FOOD SAFETY

There’s nothing worse than getting food poisoning after barbequing your own meat. You can prevent cross-contamination by using separate knives and cutting boards for raw and cooked food.
 

 DEFROST

Don’t barbeque frozen food without defrosting it first. Frozen food does not cook evenly and you may find the centre of your steak raw in the middle of your meal.
 

GET A CHIMNEY STARTER

A chimney Starter is a metal cylinder with a metal basket at the bottom. It helps start charcoal fires quickly by crumbling a newspaper page and lighting it at the bottom of the tube underneath a pile of coals.