Wellington Point Reserve
The most well known location at Wellington Point is the Wellington Point Reserve. With spectacular ocean views of both King Island off the point and the Manly marina, it’s a beautiful area to spend the day out with the family. The beach’s shallow waters are ideal for kids to swim or splash around in with toilets and shower facilities nearby to clean off. There are plenty of barbeque and shaded picnic tables to enjoy lunch from home, or instead you could grab some fish and chips or ice cream from the local restaurant which is open 7 days a week. Amongst the picnic tables are large grassy areas and a children’s playground including climbing walls, swings and a sandpit all shaded by a large fig tree. There’s plenty to do to keep you and your kids happy spending the day at Wellington Point; but make sure to get there early as it’s a popular place, especially on the weekend, and parking can get quite sparse!
Wellington Point Boat Ramp and Jetty
Just off from the Wellington Point Reserve is a popular jetty and boat ramp. The jetty leads out onto the water where you can get some gorgeous views from Moreton Bay to Stradbroke island. The jetty, as well as the surrounding areas, are great spots to set up and have a fish with the kids. There’s plenty to catch such as bream, tailor and whiting, so make sure to bring plenty of bait! But if the fish weren’t biting, it’s just a short walk up to the local restaurant nearby for some fish and chips, where they’ve done all the hard work for you! However, if fishing isn’t your style and you’ve got some older kids, there are also guided kayaking tours exploring the coast and local waterways. Or if you’ve got your own boat and jet ski you can launch it off the ramp and go exploring and discover the beautiful area yourself. Otherwise, you can watch the windsurfers out on the nearby shallow waters, spot a pelican or two overhead and sometimes if you’re lucky enough you might catch a dolphin in the water too!
A popular activity to do when spending the day at Wellington Point is to take a walk out to King Island. At low tide the sandbar appears creating a natural bridge across to the island. The walk is around 1km one way and lets you take in the magnificent surroundings of the Moreton Bay area. Make sure to bring all the essentials such as sunscreen, water, towels and any food required as there aren’t any facilities on the island itself. It may also be advised for the kids to wear some old clothes as digging for crabs and other marine wildlife along the bank can get quite messy! Just make sure no animal is taken home and no rubbish is left behind to ensure the area is preserved. One last piece of advice before heading out is to double check the tide times – we don’t want anyone to get stuck out on the island when the tide comes in!
Village Creative Studio
Amongst some of the quaint little shopping areas along Main Road in Wellington Point is the Village Creative Studio. With shelf items changing almost weekly, you’re bound to find something new and unique for everyone in the family. With upwards of 60 local artisans and creators the store is stocked with the highest of quality goods including special gifts, jewellery, plants and home wares. There is also haberdashery items for sale including fabrics and other craft supplies. It’s definitely worth the look even if you don’t plan on buying anything as each of the items are crafted and created are truly works of art. The Studio also hosts popular workshops for parents and mini workshops for kids. These workshops give kids the tools and tips to be creative and to design and create new and exciting things!
Wellington Point Town Centre
A fantastic place to spend the day out with the family is at the Wellington Point Town Centre. The town is home to coastal community’s lively dining district and hosts many festivals and events regularly throughout the year. One such event is the Twilight Markets which appear on the first Saturday of each month. Located on the Village Green off Main Road, these family oriented markets contain hand crafted, unique products and plenty of tasty nibbles within at least 30 different stalls. Entry is free with the markets being open from 4pm until 8pm. Alternatively, amongst the shops in the centre there is the Inart Studio Galley which exhibits contemporary art pieces and runs workshops and events throughout the year. Whether it be searching for a bargain, buying gifts for the family, eating out at one of the cafes or restaurants, or appreciating artwork in the gallery, there’s plenty of activities for the whole family to do at the Town Centre.