Point Cook: perfect picnic pickings
Planning a picnic outing is a piece of cake (pardon the pun), anyone can do it, on any budget. Point Cook offers plentiful picturesque, picnic perfect places (say that three times quickly!). Surrounded by natural coastal parklands and wetlands along with impressive historical attractions, a Point Cook outing will impress even the most finicky of day trippers.
Where is Point Cook?
You’ll find Point Cook 26 kilometres south west of Melbourne’s CBD and a little over 50 kilometres from Geelong. Serviced by the Princes Freeway and with access to public trains and buses, it’s well within reach.
While natural coastal parklands and waterways define Point Cook, it is also a hub of convenience for residential living with excellent retail hubs, public transport, and education, cultural and medical facilities.
Picnic spots around Point Cook
The hardest decision you’ll need to make is where to throw down your rug. Migratory bird lovers, boating enthusiasts, and coastal explorers are spoilt for choice. Below is a snapshot of just some of the great spots to explore.
Point Cook Marine Sanctuary
Part of Point Cook Coastal Park and the largest Marine Park in Victoria, Point Cook Marine Sanctuary gives shelter to native sea life, including bottlenose dolphins. And for shipwreck buffs, it hosts two heritage listed shipwrecks – the Henrietta and the Diane. Admission is free and open to the public daily from 9am to 5pm.
Point Cook Coastal Park and Cheetham Wetlands
For bird watchers, nature lovers or those that understand the attraction of track walking in beautiful settings, the Point Cook Coastal Park and Cheetham Wetlands is your haven. Full of birdlife, home to historic bluestone Point Cook Homestead, walking tracks and even a bird viewing tower, an added bonus is access to free gas barbeques. Admission is free and open to all every day from 8.30am. Gates are locked from 5pm in winter, up until 7pm in summer months.
Werribee River Park
Picnic tables humbled by regal River Red Gums and views across the Werribee River makes for a breathtaking natural setting. A perfect picnic locale. Wander across the footbridge to Werribee Park and explore the Victoria State Rose Gardens that surround historic Werribee Mansion. The dramatic K Road Cliffs are worth a visit. Bordering Werribee Park Golf Club, these dramatic earth cliffs are impressive. Stay safe though, drama doesn’t come without risk so stay on the marked paths around this area.
Gates to Werribee River Park are open daily from 6am for early risers, until 9pm.
Werribee South Foreshore
Views across the bay to the distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs gives a scenic backdrop.
Pathways, picnic clearings, barbeques and playgrounds along with the Werribee River Estuary providing everything a boating enthusiast lives for, this is the spot for relaxed spectators or adrenaline driven river sport enthusiasts.
This was just a taste, there’s much more
One trip to the coastal parklands and you’ll understand why Point Cook Village residents chose to retire here. You’ll find us across the road from Point Cook Coastal Park at 320 Point Cook Road. Contact us on 1800 64 52 64 if you’d like to find out more.
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