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Rockpool Rambling @ Ricketts Point

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by Marilyn (subscribe)
I am always looking for new things to experience with our family. There is so much out there and it would be great to share some of our weekend adventures.
Published July 10th 2014
Ricketts Point is a rare gem that is found in the Melbourne's south east suburb of Beaumaris. It is a well known marine sanctuary where you, family and friends can visit any time of the year and experience unique underwater wildlife.

A marine sanctuary is a protected water environment. It is protected to ensure that sea creatures such as fish, crabs, snails and algae can grow, live, eat and look after their own families in a safe place.

The water is quite shallow and gives kids the opportunity to explore the underwater sea creatures and appreciate all the different types of sealife and seagrass habitats.

Our kids were mesmerised by the vast array of sea life and enjoyed exploring the natural habitats of the creatures found in the waters. We were all amazed at how clear and untainted the waters were. We saw different types of shells, algae, sea worms and sea snails. As the area is protected, it is important to remind children not to pick up any shells or damage any plants.

Sample of the array of marine life

Some safety tips when exploring the rockpools:

When investigating the rockpools, always ensure that you can see all your fingers to ensure that they don't get munched by sea creatures lying in cracks in rocks.

Always visit at low tide

Never touch sharp objects

What facilities are available at the rockpools?

Picnic tables/shelters are available Near Ricketts Point Tea House and is close to both the South and the North carpark

Toilets are located at both North and South carparks

There are walking and child friendly bike tracks along the beach which are accessible from both North and South carparks

What else can you do around Ricketts Point?

You can go swimming or snorkelling if you want to discover more underwater wonders. Otherwise, you can enjoy a lovely beach stroll and go birdwatching.

Seabirds gather to roost on the ricks
Seabirds roosting on the ricks

Where can I find out more about Ricketts Point?

You can find out more information by going to Ricketts Point web page or Ricketts Point park note.

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Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
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Why? A good place to introduce kids to the wonders of underwater marine life
When: Anytime
Where: Beaumaris, Victoria
Cost: Free
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