Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published August 6th 2020
A superb playground overlooking stunning Moreton Bay
Wellington Point Recreation Reserve on Redlands Coast, with its natural beauty and great facilities, is a firm favourite for many families across South East Queensland. On the western side of the peninsular is a fantastic playground that has received regular upgrades over the years, and overlooks a sheltered beach.
Looking across the playground at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve to Moreton Bay
This playground is set beneath gigantic fig trees that are ideal for climbing and have challenged generations of children from across the region. The shade from these trees extends out over picnic tables, benches, and much of the playground equipment.
Huge fig trees that have taught generations of children to climb shade this fantastic playground
Beyond this, beneath the shade of a huge fig tree, is a fantastic climbing wall with windows out across the beach and Moreton Bay, and a variety of slopes and levels designed to challenge children of varying ages.
This shaded climbing wall is one of the playground's top attractions
Once children have exhausted their options for play on the climbing wall and fig trees, there is another piece of climbing equipment that adds the thrill of spinning. My kids have spent many happy hours here over the years taking turns spinning the base as the other climbed to the top to enjoy the views.
Finally, the latest addition is a playground that is set under shade cloth and designed to be accessible for younger children with steps heading up to the slides. It also has a range of more challenging rope-climbing equipment and a small rock wall.
The variety of playgrounds here cater to children of all ages
The beach at Wellington Point is sheltered, and fabulous for swimming in at high tide. At low tide, it is a great place for kids to build sandcastles, or run around exploring the little pools full of small marine life that are left behind as the water recedes. Tides and other weather forecast information can be checked here when planning your trip. During peak periods such as summer weekends and school holidays, there is a lifeguard service present here.
Whatever the time or tide, kids love the beach at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve
Families with older children often walk out along the sandbar that appears as the tide goes out, all the way to King Island. This walk is about 800m each way, and King Island is surrounded by small sandy beaches, some mangrove trees, corals, and other marine life.
As the tide goes out it becomes possible to walk out to beautiful King Island