Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is part of the long stretch of beach that runs along the bayside suburbs and its shallow water and collection of rock pools make it the perfect beach destination with little kids.
The sand is not particularly white or soft so the rock pools of the Marine Sanctuary are the drawcard.
There are a large number of pools easily accessed from shore and inside you’ll find all sorts of marine life – seaweed, shells, little creatures, seabirds and even black swans can all be found in the area.
When the tide is out you can step far out into the bay.
If tummies are rumbling or it’s getting too hot take shelter at the Ricketts Point Beachside Cafe.
It’s a fairly run-of-the-mill affair, with a small kids menu and high chairs available. There is a special toilet door ‘parents with children’ but it’s not change facilities, more just a single cubicle with sink.
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- Park at either the ‘Ricketts Point Tea House’ carpark or the ‘Beaumaris Life Saving Club’ carpark, both of which provide entry to either end of the main beach;
- Parking is $5 for 1 hour or $16 for the whole day;
- There’s no real shelter on the beach so slip, slop, slap;
- If you have beach shoes or even just thongs bring them as the rocks can be sharp and uncomfortable on little feet;
- Bring buckets, spades, nets, snorkels to enjoy the marine life in the rock pools and shallow water; and
- Ricketts Point Beachside Cafe can be accessed from the beach and has a kids menu and high chairs.