“Let us go to Wellington Point.” is what I say to my family after attending Sunday mass. I do not want to drive yet to the grocery store. I do not want to go home and do the cooking and ironing.
It is Sunday morning and the weekend is almost over. I want to breathe! It is too late to go to far-away places to relax. The nearest place to go that I really like (a 10-minute drive) is Wellington Point Recreation Reserve!
We came here in Australia in 2010 but the appeal of this place is still the same: peaceful and family friendly. It is free and open from 4 am to 10 pm.
Let me share with you why I love this place.
1. It is calm and peaceful.
This is my favorite bench. I always sit here when it is available. While the boys are in the playground or playing ball games with their daddy, I stare at the sea. Are you like me or am I just creepy?
2. The park has a wide open space to fly a kite, play ball games or enjoy other outdoor activities.
Children today spend a lot of time with their gadgets. Solution: Let them go outside to play like what my generation used to. It is my duty to make them normal human beings. Playing in the park gives them the chance to interact with other youngsters.
- Have a picnic under the tree or under a roof.
There is always a picnic rug in our car if we decide to eat somewhere. Sometimes, we bring the leftovers in the kitchen or buy fast food like roast chicken! Yummy! My family will survive as long as there is cooked rice and roast chicken. This is family bonding on a budget. Boom!
- The park is the walking path of dog-lovers.
Wellington Point Recreation Reserve gave me the chance to see various breeds of dogs from the cute and fluffy to the massive ones that can absolutely put me down with its weight.
- It is the perfect venue for birthday celebrations except during thunderstorms.
I cannot count anymore the birthday celebrations I attended at Wellington Point. Every time I see the place, it reminds of the happy memories of eating and talking non-stop with friends.
One advice I can give you is to come very early to get the tables and benches you prefer. There are many kids celebrating their birthdays on Saturdays and Sundays.
Appoint someone who will prepare the table cover and birthday decorations so when the party starts, the guests can see immediately where you are.
- There are playgrounds for small and big kids.
Playgrounds are the solutions to improve the social skills of children who got used to being by themselves and their gadgets. I noticed my boys talking and taking turns with other children in the playground every time we go there.
- I love the big trees.
The trees remind me of my carefree days of climbing the guava tree with my cousins and enjoying the breeze. Those were childhood memories worth remembering.
- You can purchase food and drinks near the beach.
There is coffee for people who want to chat. Feed the hungry family with fish and chips. Ice cream is available all year-long.
- King Island is the reason to start walking while it is still low tide.
My husband and I tried to walk to King Island during low tide. It took us 30 minutes to reach it. We made sure we went back to the mainland before high tide.
- It is the place to relax from sunrise to sunset.
The sunrise and sunset views of Wellington Point Recreation Reserve are stunning. It is a relaxing place for everyone from families, couples, people with pets and people with their super cool boats, kayaks and other water sports equipment.
What is your favorite nearby place to go to?