Australian Botanic Garden | BBQ Review

Mount Annan, NSW

A perfect spot for a family picnic or a day out with friends.

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan: A Barbecue Adventure

The Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan, NSW, near Sydney, is a treasure trove of public barbecue facilities. This lush garden offers a plethora of options for barbecue enthusiasts, with a unique blend of natural beauty and well-maintained amenities. Officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York on 2 October 1988, it was New South Wales' final Bicentennial project.1.

Banksia Garden: A Picturesque Barbecue Spot

Upon arrival at the Botanic Garden, visitors are greeted with an array of barbecue spots. One such location is the Banksia Garden. Convenient roadside parking is available, making it easy for visitors to transport their picnic supplies. Each barbecue spot is equipped with an undercover sitting area, providing shelter from unpredictable weather.

However, one minor inconvenience is the distance to the rubbish bins. Visitors are encouraged to keep the area clean, even if it means a little extra walk to dispose of their waste.

Extra Amenities for a Comfortable Barbecue Experience

What sets the barbecue facilities at the Botanic Garden apart are the thoughtful additions. Each barbecue comes with a scraper and a cleaner, making the post-barbecue clean-up a breeze. A tap is also available for washing up.

For families, the open grass areas provide ample space for children to play. However, it's important to note that dogs are not allowed in the Botanic Garden.

Beyond Barbecue: Activities and Attractions

The Botanic Garden is more than just a barbecue spot. It offers a range of activities and attractions for visitors. Near the headquarters, a playground keeps the little ones entertained while adults can enjoy a cup of coffee at the local café.

The Connections Garden is a popular spot for weddings, with a permanent monument commemorating the many couples who have tied the knot there. Visitors can also explore the Australian flora on a leisurely stroll or bike ride, visit the Stolen Generations Memorial at The Woodlands picnic area, or check the time in a unique way at the Sundial of Human Involvement.

Covering a vast area of 416 hectares (1,030 acres), it is the largest botanical garden in Australia, specializing in native plants. The garden boasts a collection of over 4000 species4, making it a paradise for nature lovers and botany enthusiasts. The garden is also a haven for over 160 species of birds, as well as wallaroos, wallabies, and kangaroos3. This makes it a fantastic spot for bird watching and wildlife spotting, adding another layer of interest to your barbecue outing.

One of the unique features of the garden is the Cumberland Plain Woodland, an endangered ecosystem found within the estate3. Visitors can learn about this unique woodland while enjoying their barbecue.

The garden also acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their custodianship and connection with land, sea, and sky5. This respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures adds a depth of cultural significance to the location.

Our Barbecue Rating

The barbecue facilities at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, earn a high rating of nine out of ten. This score reflects the quality of the facilities, the convenience of the amenities, and the overall experience of barbecuing in a beautiful, natural setting.


The Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan offers an exceptional barbecue experience. With its well-maintained facilities, additional amenities, and beautiful surroundings, it's a perfect spot for a family picnic or a day out with friends. Whether you're a local or a tourist, this garden provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a barbecue while exploring the natural beauty of Sydney.

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