I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published January 4th 2019
Sandy Point is the best place for a low-key summer holiday, especially if you have some little ones in tow. With no high-rise buildings and commercial developments, it takes you back to a quieter place and time and gives you a great opportunity to really recharge, reconnect and just relax.
Sandy Point is a holiday town with most of the accommodation available in holiday houses, apartments and camping grounds. As such, it suits holidaymakers who are happy to self-cater, in particular, families. It also suits groups of friends who just want to chill out or be active at the beach, undertake a few day trips and have an evening barbecue on the balcony. There is a general store for staples and beach necessities, a few food trucks and a mini-golf course.
So what is there to do in and around this secret little spot at the northern end of Wilsons Prom National Park?
With a vast expanse of fine soft sand over 11 kilometres, the beach at Sandy Point is the quintessential Aussie Beach. The beach runs from the Shallow Inlet entrance to the small settlement of Waratah Bay, at the western end of the beach. To access the Sandy Point beach proper there are a number of paths meandering through the sand dunes or there is a wide path, located opposite the General Store and next to public toilets and on which you can wheel prams and buggies. The beach is patrolled and swimming and boogie boarding are very popular and relatively safe at this part of the beach. The beach makes for great walks too and there are is lots of marine life and vegetation to observe. The beach is also ideal for flying kites, skim boarding and learning to surf- for lessons try the Sandy Point Surf School.
There is a multitude of walks for all age groups and at differing levels of fitness and interest. There is, of course, the long walk along the beach from Sandy point to Waratah Beach or to Shallow Inlet. There are many walks at Wilson's Prom, walks which take you up and down hills of various steepness or on beaches where the sand squeaks underneath your feet. You will be walking amongst the most magnificent scenery and nature and will often meet up with kangaroos or wombats. Wilson's prom is one of the jewels of Victoria and a walk or two should be on anyone's itinerary whilst in South Gippsland.
For a special walk with children and for some fun along the way you should visit Big Drift. This is a series of sand dunes where going up and coming down can be a bit challenging but lots of fun too. Make sure you have good shoes and you take note of how you came up as it can be easy to get lost amongst the dunes.
Foster is the biggest town and is approximately 20 minutes away. If you are needing to stock up on groceries or have a hankering for a coffee or meal out then this is the place to go. You can also access the Great Southern Rail Trail at Foster for a wonderful biking experience. Fish Creek is a small, quirky little town with some interesting art and craft shops, boutique accommodation as well as cafes and the Fish Creek Hotel. Fish Creek also houses Alison Lester's bookshop and gallery. You may know her from the children's book Magic Beach and Are We There Yet?. Many of her books are set in the surrounding areas and have a sea theme. Her bookshop/gallery is well worth visiting for both children and adults alike.
Meeniyan is another cute little town with a good cafe, Moo's at Meeniyan which serves great breakfast and lunch. and has very friendly staff. Other towns worth visiting include Port Welshpool, Port Arthur, Kongwak (great antique shop open on the weekend), and Venus Bay.
To find out all the possibilities in this special part of Victoria please go to Visit Prom Country to find all the attractions, events and information that you may need.