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Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (Beaumaris)




With its rockpools close to shore, Ricketts Point is the perfect place to introduce kids to the wonder of Victoria’s underwater marine life. Sandstone platforms are home to an array of marine creatures and are excellent for rockpool exploration. During summer the beach is patrolled by the life saving club, making it a great option for a summer family outing.

Located just near Beaumaris in Melbourne’s south east, this sanctuary is 115ha. Bordered by jutting cliffs of sandstone which have been worn down into a series of platforms, sea caves and offshore reefs, this site is easily accessible for all. There are a range of habitats to explore including rocky sandstone intertidal and subtidal habitats, sandy beaches and subtidal soft substrates.

Within the diverse range of habitats at this site, there are many plants and animals which can be found. Near shore, the rocks are covered with green and red algae which shelters a range of invertebrates including brittle stars, bristle worms and crustaceans. The surrounding sandy bottoms are covered by patches of seagrass which attract a range of fish species. In deeper waters, rock bommies are carpeted in either green Caulerpa or brown Sargassum, which hides many small animals. These rocks also attract fish species including Southern Hulafish, scalyfin and morwong. If you look carefully, you may be able to uncover one of the masters of disguise, a cuttlefish. These animals are experts at changing their colour and skin texture to conceal themselves.

Cost:


Free

Review:


The rock pools along the Ricketts Point Sanctuary are an exciting place for the kids to explore at low tide. If you want to see a range of sea life extend your search across a number of areas as well as Rickett's Point. We saw most sea creatures at Sea Scout Jetty (Map: 86 Ref: E10) when we visited. We saw lots of sea shells, sea urchin, starfish and jellyfish. Make sure the kids don't touch anything since there is a risk of finding a dangerous blue ringed octopus and never take anything away.

Make sure you look at the tide times to ensure that you come at low tide (see link to tide information below). Otherwise it might be a wasted journey.

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Address | Contact


Cnr Reserve Road and Beach Road,  Beaumaris 3193, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: 86 Ref: C9

Web Links


Link Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (Parks Victoria)

Link Park note and map - Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (PDF)

Link Bureau of Meteorology - Tides



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