Rickett's Point is a great beach for wealthy young explorers. As the tide recedes, it reveals a myriad of little pools filled with sand, and several
large sand flats interspersed with all kinds of interesting rocks and shells just waiting to be dug up with a plastic bucket and spade. When I
last visited there were several groups in action, excavating with their shovels or just splashing around in the shallow water. Low tide is
definitely the best time to visit, but the water is still shallow enough to walk in when the tide is high. There are a few sandy coves either side
of the Rickett's Point rocks, so you can visit several times and find a different stretch of beach to explore each time. The only drawbacks for me
were that the sand can be a bit muddy in some parts and the beach had a fair amount of seaweed in some sections.
Above: Sand buckets galore - exploring the rock pools and beach flats at low tide
Why only for wealthy explorers? The parking here will set you back $5 per hour (ouch!), which is more than double what it will cost you down
the road in the City of Kingston. After the parking meter claimed all of my loose change, I didn't venture into the tea house, so cannot tell you if
the prices in the tea house match the cost of parking.
Make sure you save up plenty of gold coins before you go. Admittedly, parking fees are capped
after about the third hour. There are barbecues and picnic tables nestled in amongst the tea tree scrub directly south of the tea house. The historic
tea house is in a brilliant spot, right on the foreshore, with a view of the beach that makes licking on ice creams all the more pleasant.
Above: The view across to the tea house
There is a wheelchair ramp down to the water on the northern (city) side of the tea house that elderly grandparents can take advantage of to
watch their grandkids play in the sand here.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Beach Rd, Beaumaris, Melbourne, 23 km (approx. 40 min. drive) south of the Melbourne CBD
Getting there: By car, travel along Beach Road until you reach the Rickett's Point Tea House. There are
several car parks on the foreshore with a handful of spots available on Beach Road.
General facilities: Public toilets with showers, benches, picnic tables, barbecues, tea house / cafe,
car parking, rubbish bins
Baby change facilities: None
Sun shade: No shade on the beach. Shade available in the tea house and in the picnic area on the foreshore.
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Opening times: Always open. The tea house is open 9am to sunset Mon-Fri and 8am to sunset on weekends and
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: No vehicles (including no bicycles), no dogs from Nov-Mar (except in designated area),
no taking of shellfish, no fishing, no spear fishing.
Managing authority: Bayside City Council
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
The marker indicates the location of the beach.
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