Vegetable skewers on a grill

Council provides free barbecues in many of our parks and reserves.

Our barbecues

Our free barbecues are gas or electric and are cleaned on a regular basis. They operate on a timer and are available from 6.00am to 9.00pm every day.

Please clean the barbecue after you use it.

Portable barbecues

You are welcome to bring a portable gas or electric barbecue to our park or reserve, however we do not provide power points for electric barbecues. See below for guidelines for portable barbecue use.

Solid fuel barbecues and rotisseries fired by heat beads, wood, coal or other solid materials are banned in all Crown Reserves including the following Cronulla foreshore parks and reserves:

Frequently asked questions

Despite a three-year trial following hot coal bins being placed in Shelly Park and Gunnamatta Park in 2020, hot coals are still being dumped around taps and on grass, causing a safety risk to visitors (especially children) and the environment.

The hot coal bins at Shelly Park and Gunnamatta Park have been retained for the safe disposal of hot coals. They will be removed at the end of the summer season in 2024.

You are welcome to bring portable gas or electric barbecues to our park or reserve, however we do not provide power points for electric barbecues. These barbecues are a great option for picnics as they are easy to use, require less maintenance, and produce consistent results.

  • Barbecues must be in good working order.
  • Only gas or electric portable barbecues can be used. We do not provide power points for electric barbecues.
  • Portable barbecues must be at least 50cm above the ground.
  • Make sure all parts are firmly in place and that the grill is stable.
  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Keep water to hand to extinguish fires or in case of minor burns.
  • During total fire bans, barbecues are not permitted. Check the Fire Danger Rating on the NSW Rural Fire Service website or call them on 1800 679 737.
  • You may be penalised if you dump oil, rubbish and other materials.
  • Barbecues and fires on beaches or sandy areas are not permitted.
  • Fines apply if your barbecue causes damage to a park or reserve.

All our free public barbecues are cleaned daily in summer, usually in the evening when they are not in use. In winter, they are cleaned three times a week.

Our picnic shelters and free public barbecues are available for everyone to enjoy and cannot be booked.  Access is on a first come, first served basis.