‘Finally, some weather warm enough for the beach!’ we thought, as the temperature approached 28. We’re regulars at Williamstown, Altona, and Werribee beaches, but we felt like going somewhere new. Point Cook Coastal Park was our destination, and after a wonderful day on the sand, it seems we have another beach to add to our list of favourites in the west!
The large and lovely Point Cook Coastal Park is thriving with birdlife, and the narrow beach is clean and inviting. The sand is soft until you get close to the water, where it gives way to pebbles, seaweed and shells, so bring some thongs to help you through this bumpy patch! A metre or so into the water, the sand is silky underfoot, the water crystal clear, and, on our visit, the waves were gentle enough for our toddler to find her feet and splash about with confidence.
The undersea sand floor rises and falls gently for quite some way out to sea, so there’s plenty of space for children to paddle in the shallows. The beach would be fantastic for older kids who love snorkelling, as there is lots of interesting marine life to discover. Our little girl was thrilled to spot schools of little silver fish swimming around her ankles as we waded out, catch a see-through sea jelly, and grab at floating seaweed.
There’s no natural shade on the beach, so a beach tent is a good idea, as well as the usual Slip, Slop, Slap, and Slide rule.
To burn off the last of the little ones’ energy, stop at the two playgrounds between the beach and the carpark. There’s great equipment for toddlers and older kids alike, as well as all-important public toilets, free gas barbecues, picnic tables, and shade shelters. The perfect spot for a day at the beach!
Point Cook Homestead Road, Point Cook