Just 30-40 minutes from Brisbane's CBD is the beautiful peninsular of Wellington Point in the Redlands area. It's a magnet for all who like to connect with nature yet so close to the conurbation of Great Brisbane.
Each weekend visitors flock to Wellington Point Park or "Wello" as the locals call it for picnics, water sports, fishing and boating. There are some spectacular views of windsurfers literally flying in the air on a windy day. The islands of Moreton and Straddie can be seen in the distance.
King Island is the jewel that attracts hundreds each week to traverse the sandbar at low tide about 1 km off shore. It should be on the Brisbane bucket list for all residents and visitors. For myself I feel a million miles from anywhere and even on a busy weekend there is a feeling of solitude and connection with nature. Once on King Island it's a chance to explore the marine wildlife looking out for crabs or simply sit or lie down, relax and imagine you are on a deserted beach.
A WORD OF WARNING. Do check the tide times as the water does close in quick and you could end out trapped on King Island for the day or night. Not that is such a bad thing as a large family used to live on the Island in the early 1900's as a seawater respite for a childs polio. The father would traverse to the mainland by foot or boat and be picked up by horse and cart to travel to Brisbane for work.
The Redland City Council website says 'Wellington Point was named by a surveyor in 1842. The name was inspired by the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 between the British and their allies, led by the Duke of Wellington, and the French, led by Napoleon. The surveyor also named Waterloo Bay and King Island.'
Parking is also a premium on a lovely warm weather day. My tip is to get there early or later to enjoy the late afternoon coolness in summer and the sunset over the Wynnum Manly mainland.
There is a great play area with water and toilets with the feature of a massive tree that provided many hours of fun for my boys and many other children as they gingerly worked their way up the enormous branches.
Many visitors to the Park enjoy a picnic using the covered barbeque points. There is a takeaway food shop with the usual fish 'n chips or burger fare with milkshakes and ice cream available. Adjacent is the Points Restaurant and Café that is a popular spot for a lunch or just a coffee, offering a lovely view over the Point.
There are buses from Cleveland that take you directly to the Park but the easiest way is by car travelling through the delightful Wellington Point Village with is array of cafes, takeaways and shops.
There is a less well known walk on the southern side of the park that takes you back along the ridge parallel with the main road where you can cross and return back along the beach – if low tide – to Wellington Point Park.