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HOT: Ricketts Point, Beaumaris

HOT: Ricketts Point, Beaumaris

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.

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The sand is not particularly white or soft so the rock pools of the Marine Sanctuary are the drawcard.

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Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris
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.

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

When the tide is out you can step far out into the bay.

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

If tummies are rumbling or it’s getting too hot take shelter at the Ricketts Point Beachside Cafe.

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

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.

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

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HOT Tips:

  • 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.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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