In Perth WA, Easter time Aussie barbecues are somewhat of a tradition.
While barbecues are a popular summer meal sharing pastime around the world, Perth’s temperate climate lends itself well to barbecue events all year around. Autumn weekend days are filled with the aromas of chargrilling fare and Winter and Spring barbecues happen all over the Australian landscape.
Free to use barbecues can be found for Easter time Aussie barbecues at riverside parks!
With public holidays a plenty, Easter time Aussie barbecues can be spotted all over Perth, particularly in riverside parks and ocean side dedicated barbecue areas.
Few stereotypical phrases come to mind more readily when thinking all things barbecue than ‘put another shrimp on the barbie’, made forever popular by Australia’s own Paul Hogan, of Crocodile Dundee movie fame. In fact the first term barbecue for an Australian event as we know it today seems to be a report of the Waverley bowls club’s leg o mutton barbecue in 1903.
The term barbecue has its origin in central America. The Spanish invaders heard the native Americans refer to a wooden frame they used for drying and smoking various types of fish and game as a ‘barbacoa’. The word evolved into barbecue and by 1887, the definition had expanded. The Tasmanian told readers that “A barbecue is a term used in America to express any great gathering of people where any large animal, such as an ox or a hog, is dressed whole and partaken off by those assembled”.
By 1915, though, there was a much more modern definition, printed as a throw-away in many newspapers: “What’s a barbecue, Dad?” “A barbecue is an affair where you smack your lips over grub you’d turn your nose up at at home.”
Decades later by the 1950’s, moving from the public whole beast affair to the private chops and sausages event, the idea of the barbecue had taken hold, eventually becoming an ingrained part of our collective Australian mindset.
Barbecuing is a habit so entrenched in our national psyche that free barbecues in public space have become the norm in Australia and expected – taken for granted even – in our public parks across the country. We look forward to our weekend breaks and the Easter time Aussie barbecue is a big part of our leisure time shared with friends and family.
Three terrific locations to find yourself and take advantage of free public barbecues over Easter are the
- Cottesloe Civic Centre with a magnificent view over the Indian Ocean – The BBQ’s here are free to use at any time in the day however the Town of Cottesloe asks you to respect any weddings that may be scheduled to take place while you are using the grounds.
- Bardon Park on the foreshore overlooking the Swan River at Maylands is considered one of Perth’s most picturesque parks and includes glorious wetlands for wildlife watching and great play parks for kids
- The South Perth Foreshore is an iconic tourist destination with views of Perth city across the Swan River. There’s plenty of open space to kick a football, play cricket, fly a kite, walk your dog or cycle along dedicated paths. The Scented Gardens at the western end of Sir James Mitchell Park near Mends Street offer a quiet escape to sit and relax, as do the lakes area near Douglas and Hurlingham Avenues. There are picnic tables, barbecues, toilets, cafes and four children’s playgrounds on the foreshore.
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While the barbecued beef sausage slapped in a barely folded slice of white supermarket bread, topped with fried onions and drizzled with a runny tomato sauce speaks of the Australian hot dog, we can see how, for some, this concept lacks substance. Barbecues these days can also be a sophisticated affair for not only meat eaters but also enjoyed by vegetarian and vegan persuasions.
Check these great veg barbie recipes from Gourmet Traveller!
This is the RAC’s 10 best barbecue spots with a view in WA
Many thanks for the great photos for this post go to
- Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash shallow focus photo of grilled shrimp
- Photo by Claudio Fonte on Unsplash beige and white pot
- Photo by Ataberk Güler on Unsplash person holding tong
- Photo by Fernando Prado on Unsplash grilled corn on rack