Black Rock Beach to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Black Rock

Black Rock Beach to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Black Rock
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42 m
2.81 km
Very Easy
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A beautiful walk along the bluestone sea wall of Black Rock beach to Ricketts Point Tea House and Marine Sanctuary. It’s possible to walk the whole way without getting sand in your shoes!

Black Rock Beach to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

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Start at Black Rock Gardens which is overlooked by the famous four faced clock tower.

In the gardens there is an awesome playground for the kids and a BBQ and picnic table for the adults. Other amenities include a drinking fountain and a toilet block.

Follow the ramp down to the sea wall sealed pathway and wind your way next to the beautiful clear water and sections of beach. At the end of the wall there is another grassy picnic area with a rotunda, table and chairs or the sheltered Quiet Corner beach where there are often swans and pelicans.

To get to Rickets Point you can either walk along the beach or head up the stairs and take the Bay Trail along Beach Road.

If you’d prefer to turn around you can go back the way you came or through the vegetation along the unsealed coastal cliff top path.

The link above is to Parks Victoria's Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary page, which is very much worth a read.


Points of Interest

1. Black Rock Clock Tower

This 4 faced clock and brick tower was built in 1959 and still keeps the time today.

2. Playground and picnic area

The playground has a nautical theme of course! There are picnic tables, BBQ's and toilets here also.

3. Path to walled walk and beach

Take this path down to the beach. There are several other options also.

4. The bluestone sea wall

The sea wall was developed to protect Beach Road. Sections have been built using original bluestone from the Old Melbourne Gaol. The inscriptions on stones are still visible.

5. Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

A special place to snorkel and see schools of fish and other marine creatures. Be amazed at what lives just below the surface!

6. Swans and pelicans

There are often swans and pelicans at this spot. If they are not there, they are probably further along at Rickets Point.

7. Quiet corner beach and picnic area.

The wall ends here at this peaceful beach. Further along the beach is Rickett's Point.

8. Coastal walking path

The narrow unsealed coast walking path runs parallel with Beach Road winding its way through coastal heathland with elevated views out over the Bay and beaches to the city.

9. Rugged beauty of the beach landscape

With the water on one side and the natural vegetation hiding the road on the other, the is nothing to disturb the peace!

10. Stairway between road and beach

Another access point to the beach.

11. Wonderful rock pools

The rocks are covered with green and red algae which shelters a range of invertebrates including brittle stars, bristle worms and crustaceans.

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Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Natural Trail Natural Trail
Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
General General
Playground Playground
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Dog off-leash area Dog off-leash area
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly


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