Park Lands BBQs and eats

Last updated 20 July, 2021

Peckish in the park and undecided on where to duck in for a bite? Whether you’re wanting to be cooked for, or cook for yourself, there are dozens of places to eat in the beautiful Adelaide Park Lands.


You never need to travel too far to host a family feast with 49 free barbecues dotted all throughout the park lands. Pick up some snags, fire up the barbie and enjoy the beautiful green landscape. Majority of the barbecues are electric and can be used free of charge.

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Cafes and restaurants

Jolley’s Boathouse

Lunch and dinner
Bank of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari

Any closer and you’d be sitting on the river itself! Jolley’s Boathouse is the ideal place to perch for a meal and watch ducks and the iconic Popeye float on by. The menu is filled with fresh South Australian seafood, plenty of classics and a few modern twists.

Lounders Boatshed Cafe

Breakfast and lunch
Bank of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari

Housed in a beautiful boatshed from the 1900s, Lounders is a gorgeous place to stop for a coffee on your bike ride along the Linear Park Trail. Live music and a lively crowd make this an entertaining place for a brunch date.

River Café and the Red Ochre Barrel & Grill

Lunch and dinner for River Café, Dinner for Red Ochre Barrel and Grill
Bank of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari

The River Café and the Red Ochre Barrel and Grill connect you with the nature in more ways than one. Both venues focus on seasonal local produce and are located on the river in a two-story floating pavilion. Upstairs, the Red Ochre Barrel and Grill serves up an impressive meal while downstairs the River Café creates simple yet sumptuous servings.

The Velo Precinct

Breakfast and lunch
Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi

Nestled under the beautiful heritage grandstand, the Velo Precinct is a favourite with the biking community and anyone who enjoys good food and coffee. The impressive space is the perfect for a lazy breakfast or pit stop on a ride through the Adelaide Park Lands.

Kiosk on Sixteen

Breakfast and lunch
Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi

Pack the kids and pooch into the car and make your way at this sweet little kiosk. The recently restored Kiosk on Sixteen will capture your attention with more than its blue exterior - it serves up fresh breakfast and bites alongside ample space for the family to frolic.

The 19th Hole

Open daily
North Adelaide Golf Course

If you’re in need of a snack, what better place than amidst rolling green hills? The 19th Hole is located on the North Adelaide Golf Course but doesn’t require you to be sporting golfing attire to stop in! Take a seat out on the balcony and soak in the views.

Par 3 Cafe

Breakfast and lunch
North Adelaide Golf Course

Located near the Torrens Weir, the Par 3 Cafe is a handy pit stop along your riverbank stroll. Open during the Par 3 course hours, you can take your pick from light meals, coffees, ice creams or the well-stocked bar. If you feel like hitting the green you can even take your glass of bubbles with you.

Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Lunch and dinner
Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Imagine the most luxurious rotunda crossed with fine dining venue – the Botanic Gardens Restaurant is exactly that. Serving up modern Australian cuisine, the restaurant has won awards, accolades and a loyal following of diners.

The Popeye Adelaide

Elder Park

Hop on board and cruise the River Torrens while tucking into your a lunch box filled with South Australian goodies. Or if High Tea is your thing, indulge in a delicious spread and 1.5 hour scenic cruise on selected Sundays.

BBQ Buoys

Pinky Flat

For those who love the water, take your BBQ to the riverbank and sail along in a BBQ Buoys hire boat. You can bring your own supplies and cook as you cruise, or choose from their grazing menu.

Adelaide Pavilion

Available only for hire
Veale Park / Walyu Yarta

Surrounded by park lands, The Pavilion venue boasts a beautiful room overlooking the rose filled Veale Gardens. It is perfect for corporate events or celebrating with ten (or up to three hundred) of your closest friends.