Barbecue Facilities and Portable Barbecues

Nothing says summer quite like gathering with family and friends for a barbecue. Here at Sutherland Shire Council we love barbecues as much as the next person.  Below we have outlined some information and guidelines to ensure that visitors to our parks and reserves have a fun and safe event.

Our Barbecues

The barbecues in our parks, playgrounds and reserves are electric (with the exception of Bundeena Oval, which is LPG gas) and free of charge to use.

All our barbecues are cleaned daily.  Please leave the barbecues as you would wish to find them and clean after use for the next person.

The barbecues are on a timer, and are available for use from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm all year round.

To see which parks, playgrounds and reserves have barbecues installed, visit our Parks and Playgrounds page and click on the BBQ icon.

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Can I Book a Barbecue or Picnic Shelter?

Council’s barbecue and picnic facilities are provided for all members of the community to use, and it is not possible to book them for exclusive use by a particular group. 

Everyone is welcome to use the barbecues and picnic tables on a first come, first served basis.

Bringing your Portable Barbecue to a Council Park or Reserve

Portable barbecues are permitted as long as the following conditions are met:

  • Barbecues must be in good working order.
  • Portable barbecues must be a minimum of 50cm from ground level. Barbecues that sit on the ground are strictly prohibited.
  • When using a portable barbecue, make sure that all parts of the unit are firmly in place and that the grill is stable. Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Users are encouraged to have water on hand to extinguish fires or in the case of minor burns.
  • Barbecues during total fire bans are not permitted. Before bringing your barbecue to the park check the Fire Danger Rating with the NSW Rural Fire Service. They can be contacted on 1800 679 737or online at
  • All waste must be disposed of appropriately. The dumping of coals, oil, rubbish and other materials may result in penalties.
  • There are many beautiful spots to set up your barbecue, however using a barbecue or building a fire on a beach or sandy area is not permitted.
  • Council will take steps to recoup costs should damage occur to the park or reserve as a result of bringing your own barbecue.

Adhering to these guidelines and giving consideration to others ensures that everyone has an enjoyable experience when visiting Sutherland Shire’s parks and reserves. Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!

Hot Coal Bins and Charcoal BBQs

Council has installed two hot coal bins that have been specifically designed for the safe disposal of hot coals from charcoal barbecues.  One bin is located at Shelly Park Beach, Cronulla and the other at Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla. 

Map showing locations of hot coal bins

These coal bins have been provided for safe disposal of hot coals.  Coals bins are designed to allow hot ash coals to cool without serious risk to the public who might otherwise accidentally step on the hot coals. They also keep our parks clean from unsightly litter.

We encourage you to take full advantage of these bins, however we ask that you do not put other types of rubbish into the bins as it can block the chute. 

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