Local activities

Sandy Point is located on Waratah Bay which is the last stretch of beach before Wilson's Promontory. The beach is long and with a very gentle gradient. Swimming is safe although only a small part of the beach is patrolled in summer; surf can be very good although variable, walking is excellent on the wide stretch of sand and surf fishing is popular. No houses can be seen from the beach because of the wide sand dune and planning regulations, so the sense of space on the 10km long beach is unique, along with wonderful views of the Prom to the east.

Sha
llow Inlet offers a totally different water and beach experience. Just 3km further east from Sandy Point it is a wide shallow area of water popular for launching fishing boats, sail boarding and swimming. There is also an extensive dune area between the inlet and surf. Many water birds can be seen here too.


The township is small with one general store and bottle shop, a cafe and mini golf.

In general, the area is ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday with little need to get into your car all week. But within an hour of Sandy Point there is an enormous number of things to do, energetic or laid back. Our area is becoming known for its food and wine,olives and galleries. But its natural environment is its greatest asset and I hope you will really enjoy just being here.

Within the town of Sandy Point there are a number of galleries that are well worth a visit.

Visit Mary and Neil Shaw at 33 Beach Pde to see Mary's wide range of watercolours and oil paintings as well as photos, cards and pottery. You'll be given a warm welcome. 10am -6pm most days but ring [03] 5684 1094 to confirm. www.sandypointgallery.com.au

Marlene and Andrew Kasper also live on Beach Pde and their workshops where they make glass, jewellery and sculptures can be visited. To check availability ring  Marlene 0439 368 538 and Andrew 0407 368 538.

A brochure can be picked up at either of these places indicating how to find Margarent Lacey and Sally Gibson who also have paintings to view and for sale.

Bike riding is popular because of it being fairly flat. However care must be taken on the road to the inlet and Waratah Bay township. Safer riding can be enjoyed on the  Great Southern Rail Trail offering nearly 50km well surfaced track. This is also ideal for walking and horse riding.  Closest access from Sandy Point is at Fish Creek, just 12 minutes by car. A brochure for the trail will give you distances and topography to plan your ride. Fantastic views of the Prom are a feature of the section Fish Creek to Foster. both of these towns are worth a visit and you will find good refreshments available too.  

In Fish Creek you can see the banksia paintings or our world famous botanical artist Celia Rosser. This gallery also offers a special place for light refreshments, excellent coffee and a warm welcome.

Ghecko gallery, the recycled furniture at Ride the Wild Goat,the amazing second hand book shop Fishy Tales and the cafe specialising in gluten free fare are further reasons to linger in Fish Creek. Be aware that most places are closed on Wednesday for their midweek week-end.

Wilson's Promontory National Park
is just one hour easy drive through to Tidal River. Once there you can choose a from a variety of walks on marked tracks; anything from one hour to several days is possible. The visitors' centre has loads of information and staff to advise you. There is also excellent swimming at Tidal River/Norman Bay. A climb up Mt Oberon gives you superb views over the Promontory on a clear day. There is a vehicle charge into the Park.

Further afield another totally different National Park you might explore is Tarra Bulga. It is 3/4 hour north of Yarram and straddles the Strezlecki Ranges. Here you will see pockets of cool temperate rainforest, Myrtle Beech, Sassafras and magnificent Mountain Ash. Lyrebird sightings are not uncommon and you will most certainly hear them. There is a Visitor Centre at Balook on the Grand Ridge Rd. 

On your way across to Yarram a short diversion into Port Albert where excellent fish and chips can be bought at the wharf or for a longer meal Wild Fish restaurant is excellent. The historic town is also worth some time and the General Store a great place to visit also.