It’s Time, our current lock down has been eased and with some restrictions we can now get out and enjoy what we all love, grabbing a coffee and visiting extraordinary places in the great outdoors of South East Queensland. Wellington Point Recreation Reserve is a great place to visit, situated 25.5km South East of Brisbane surrounded on three sides by the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay this is an idyllic water playground and picnic spot.
This would have to be one of my top picks, with this location offering BBQ and picnic facilities, a children’s playground with its own sheltered sandy beach, wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding and boating. Take a leisurely stroll along the long jetty where there are many opportunities to join the locals to wet a line and go fishing or just unwind and relax while watching the numerous boats as they are launched and retrieved at the adjacent ramp.
Taking centre stage as you arrive at this wonderful location, you are immediately greeted by majestic Moreton Bay fig trees with low hanging thick branches providing never ending climbing fun and games with welcoming shade on even the hottest of Queensland days. A large undercover Gazebo is situated in the shadows of the fig tree complete with tables and seating alongside BBQ’s that are scattered around close by.
Pack some sausages, bread rolls add the tomato sauce and cook up your own feast on the BBQ with an Aussie sausage sizzle.
It is a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic and laze in the sun. With walking paths that wind their way along the Wellington Point foreshore, there is an abundance of grassy spots to throw down the picnic blanket all the while enjoying the cooling sea breezes and magnificent views of Moreton Bay. With seating scattered along the foreshore and in the park, this is also breathtaking place to just sit and contemplate while watching a perfect day unfold before your eyes. The sunrises and sunsets over Moreton Bay are unlike anything that you will probably experience anywhere else.
Make sure you pack your swimmers and do not forget the sunscreen. The calm sheltered waters of the beach that is situated next to the playground is a great spot for the whole family to take a dip. Positioned right beside the waterfront, intertwined amongst several large shady fig trees is a playground that the children will love. With a huge assortment of swings and play equipment and plenty of room to run amok, there is hours and hours of enjoyment to be had.
The adjacent café and takeaway store offer a great selection of dine in or takeaway options with dazzling views of Moreton Bay.
Situated just off-shore and only easily accessible at LOW TIDE is King Island. For any adventurer, no trip to Wellington Point is complete without a walk to your own Treasure Island in search of hidden mysteries. I have this on good authority that this area is a hot spot for Pokémon Go and its animated little creatures.
The island itself is now a conservation park surrounded by mangroves and sandy pathways that wind their way around this tiny atoll. You can read all about the history of the island from the plaques provided and the views from the the tip are astounding.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of suburbia behind, it’s a leisurely 2km round walk. Starting from the park the trek to the serenity of King Island is suitable for most ages and kids of all ages will love it. As the tide retreats a stunning sandy causeway that connects the mainland to the Island emerges from beneath the water forming a natural pathway for walkers. Paddle in the shallow water, check out the bird life along the way, your sandy highway is littered with all types of marine life, just waiting for further exploration. It is especially important to keep an eye on the tide so you do not lose track of the pathway back or the tide will come in and you will have to swim back or extend your stay on the island. 👉 You can check out the high and low tide times for Wellington Point on the Willy Weather site.
What to Know Before you Go
👉 Wellington Point is easily accessible by car, bus and train. Visit the Translink web site for all your travel information.
👉 Toilets are available.
👉 Car Parking: There is plenty of parking available on and around the ring road, but as this can be an extremely popular place, these spots can be taken early on weekends and public holidays.
👉 Café on site with dine-in or take away food and drink options.
👉 Pack the sunscreen as well as your favourite picnic goodies.
Want to make more of your day, you could add a visit to one of the premier historical museums in South East Queensland. The Redland Museum is just jam packed with the areas local history and the kids will be astounded with what there is to see and do. A visit to this museum comes highly recommended and it’s well worth spending some here if you are in the area (Entry is free). Visit the Redland Museum Here. 🔥 With the current travel and opening times of many attractions being affected by the Corona Virus, it would be advisable to check with the museum before heading off on your day out.
Wellington Point is well within 50km of the CBD, so pack the car with your picnic goodies, put on your walking shoes, check the tide times, grab your beach gear and head off for a wonderful day out.
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