As I parked in the vast car park at the family-friendly Balmoral Beach (it extends right across the length of the beach and beyond!) I thought the landscape looked vaguely familiar, but it wasn’t until I headed down the accessible path towards the boat shed that it hit me. I used to go canoeing here almost every week with friends!
Remembering this, I took a look around and happily I realised, these days they don’t just have canoes for hire, oh no! There’s paddle boards, kayaks and boats for hire to have fun on the water- plus room to store your own boat, with a valet service to take you and your guests to your boat and bring you back again! How’s that for A class treatment?
Besides boats and water craft, there’s plenty more to do at family-friendly Balmoral Beach. You can also go swimming, or fishing off the jetty, which has two entrances (one side with stairs and the other side which is accessible for wheelies and prams). On the day I visited, the sun was shimmering over the crystal blue water and it looked so inviting so I jumped in. Yes, literally I got out of my wheelchair and jumped into Balmoral Baths! It’s on the inside of the jetty, protected from where people can fish on the outside of the jetty, so there is no chance of people accidentally getting tangled up in fishing lines. They also have shark nets so everyone is protected.
For after your swim, stop in to the Boathouse cafe (attached to the Boatshed, so what could be easier!). It’s open everyday from 7am – 3pm, and describes itself as “Popular beachside cafe offering hearty comfort food, own-blend coffee, cakes and rustic-chic charm.“. But if you can’t find something that you’re craving, try one of the countless other eateries you will see at Balmoral Beach. Plus, just up from the Boathouse is a fenced in playground which has swings two slippery slides and a huge area for climbing.
If you like socialising and meeting new people, the family-friendly Balmoral beach club is the place to be with group activities such as swimming, yoga, card games and heaps more their is something for everyone and its a great way to get involved in the community.
Attractions, food and drink:
- The Boathouse Cafe
- Balmoral Beach Kiosk
- Balmoral Beach Club
- Boat hire (1 hour) $90 (2 hours) $150 (4 hours) $220 (8 hours) $320
- Paddleboat hire $30 an hour.
- Kayak single (1 hour) $30 (2 hours) $50 (1day) $99
- Kayak Double (1 hour) $45 (2 hours) $70 (1 day) $99
Facilities: Accessible toilets/showers
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