Australia, ditch the pub and roll your way to the best lawn bowl clubs!
From barefoot bowls to schooners of freshly poured beer – nothing beats the feeling of rounding up your mates and heading to the nearest green for a day full of sun, scoring and schooners.
So, just in time for the end of year festivities, we’ve partnered with travel and booking website, Wotif, to find Australia’s 10 best lawn bowls clubs to visit this summer!
Australia’s Five Best Lawn Bowls Clubs:
Merthyr Bowls Club, QLD
Sitting on the bank of the Brisbane River, New Farm’s Merthyr Bowls Club is proud to take the crown as Australia’s best lawn bowl club. With barefoot bowls open Wednesday to Sunday (as well as Mondays and Tuesdays throughout December) Merthyr Bowls Club should be your go-to for group-friendly fun this summer. After you’ve hit the lanes, be sure to make your way over to the kitchen to enjoy Merthyr’s a la carte menu and a beer – summer sorted!
Chermside Bowls Club, QLD
Queensland’s Chermside Bowls Club should be one of your top picks when it comes to the best lawn bowl clubs in Australia. As well as sensational lawn and barefoot bowls on offer, you’ll also want to take part in Chermside’s Thursday Trivia Night! Or you can also try your luck at their Poker Night every Friday and Sunday – it’s free to play too! We’ll cheers to that!
Clovelly Bowling and Recreation Club, NSW
Overlooking the South Pacific Ocean, for a breath of fresh air, you can’t get any better than this. Operating since 1947, for the past 73 years, Clovelly Bowling and Recreation Club has been a must for any lawn-bowl-loving Sydneysider. Featuring shoes-on bowling as well as barefoot bowls, we can assure one thing, with views like this, Clovelly Bowling really is a win. Plus, they even shake up a delectable selection of cocktails!
Broadbeach Bowls Club, QLD
Found on the northern side of Broadbeach Park, Broadbeach Bowls Club is one of Queensland’s best lawn bowl clubs – and it’s found in the Gold Coast! With free live entertainment, every Friday night and Sunday Sessions starting from 3pm you know you’re in for an exciting evening. And, let’s not forget Broadbeach Bowls Club’s in-house bistro serves up everything from oysters, burgers and a pub-style feed to a variety of delicious cocktails. After one visit, the Broadbeach Bowls Club will soon become your new-found favourite.
Moama Bowling Club, NSW
Sitting on the border of New South Wales and Victoria, regardless of who calls it their own (technically New South Wales), one thing is for sure, Moama Bowling Club is considered one of the best lawn bowl clubs in Australia. With two dining options to choose from – and let’s not forget Frinkle, Moama’s very own dessert bar – Moama Bowling Club ensures a visit jam-packed with the best food, drink and family-friendly-fun right on the Murray River! Plus, you can choose from four bowls to partake in… talk about variety!
Australia’s Best Five Runner-up Lawn Bowls Clubs:
Torquay Bowls Club, VIC
For a day out to enjoy some bowls, venture to Torquay Bowls Club – found just a 25-minute drive south of Geelong. Overlooking Torquay Beach, when it comes to Torquay Bowls Club, expect more than just your standard bowls club. Featuring day and night bowling sessions, private room-hire, live entertainment and even a bistro – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus, every Wednesday night is $15 parmi night… SOLD!
Kingborough Bowls Club, TAS
Found less than a 20-minute drive south of Hobart’s CBD, lawn bowl-lovers will be pleased to know that despite the time of year, this is a ‘club for all seasons’. Featuring both indoor and outdoor greens, you’ll be able to let your competitive side reign whether wind, hail or shine. Or, if you’re wanting to roll away from lawn bowls – even just for a day – Kingborough Bowls Club is home to a bar, dining room, petanque and darts!
Brighton Bowling Club, SA
Formed in 1919, for the past 101 years, Brighton Bowling Club in Adelaide’s south has been considered as one of Australia’s best lawn bowls clubs. Found just a short walk from some of the city’s best beaches, if you’d rather keep dry, we’d recommend visiting one of Brighton Bowling Club’s three bowls fields. Perfect for competitive and social bowlers this welcoming spot is worth a visit– and it’s only $10 to play!
Mosman Park Bowling Club, WA
Overlooking the Swan River, Mosman Park Bowling Club is internationally recognised as ‘the club with the million-dollar view’. And after one visit you’ll soon realise why. We recommend rounding up a team or two and heading over for their famed Barefoot Bowls this summer. Or, if you’d prefer to escape the heat, you’ll be glad to know Mosman Park Bowling Club is open year-round thanks to Winter Bowls. With catering and, of course, drinks available on site, your bowls session will be the perfect outdoor activity this year!
Darwin Bowls & Social Club, NT
Sitting adjacent to Vestey’s Lagoon, since 1959 Darwin Bowls & Social Club has been considered one of Northern Territory’s best lawn bowls clubs. Better yet, they also host one of Australia’s only nighttime bowls that is available year-round. Featuring a shelter-covered green and an in-house Korean restaurant, ZZAN – what more could you want out of your visit to one of Australia’s best lawn bowls clubs?
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