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Published March 17th 2014
A great family park with amazing ocean views
Imagine a place with 270 degree ocean views, a safe shallow swimming area for children with a beach to play on, huge fig trees that shade them while they play in the playground, an island to walk out to when the tide is low, a jetty to fish from, lots of BBQ areas and a restaurant. Now take a drive to Wellington Point Reserve and this is exactly what you'll find.
As you enter Wellington Point Reserve you will find a children's playground that has been built under the shade of the large and impressive Banyan Fig trees. Under here the sand based playground has a large climbing wall, swings, spinning apparatus and at the far end, a ship shaped sand pit. There is also a stoned track that leads to mosaic sea creatures. My children love to count these and imagine they are on a train track. There are plenty of benches for parents to sit on and take in the water views while their children play.
Directly opposite the playground is a lovely beach which has shallow water even at high tide. With views looking towards king Island and Manly Marina you immediately feel relaxed. This is also the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.
If you follow the reserve round you will find steps leading down to the sand spit. At low tide you can take the 3.3km round trip out to King Island. Be sure to look out for the crabs as you go out and take some water as there are no facilities on King Island itself.
As you come to the tip of Wellington Point Reserve there are lots of BBQs and shaded picnic tables. My family love having pancake breakfasts on the BBQ and taking in the beautiful scenery. There are even more BBQs and larger shaded tables to be found in the centre of the reserve which is great for large get-togethers.
The jetty gives you views across Moreton Bay towards Stradbroke Island and this is a great spot to go fishing. When my family and I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago we caught three fish within about 40 minutes. My children were really excited. This is where you will also spot pelicans and a couple of times over the years I've seen dolphins too.
This is the side of the reserve where you can launch boats and jet skis. There is lots of boat trailer parking but this gets busy on the weekends. This goes for general car parking too.
Further on from here there is another shaded sand based playground for children. It has a roped climbing frame, which my son calls the Spiderman climber because it's red and blue, and there are swings and spinners. This side is great for holding children's birthday parties as there are more shaded picnic tables and BBQs.
There is gym equipment and large grassy areas for games on this side. There is also another toilet block.
To finish our tour of Wellington Point Reserve you will pleased to know that there is a restaurant. Point of View Restaurant is family run and is open 7 days a week. There is both indoor and outdoor seating with great views and they also serve take away coffee. They own the kiosk next door which sells ice creams, cold drinks and hot take away food including fish and chips.
It would be helpful to include a link to tide tables. Even better has anyone figured out exactly how low is low tide (enough to walk to king island and back). Would 1.3m be ok? Or does it change? Loved all the photos and descriptions. I'll forward people here as this website is heaps more helpful than a few others!