Discover diverse marine life, explore beautiful beaches and eat delicious cuisine in Beaumaris.
If you’re looking to explore a place where suburbia meets the sea, jump in the car and head to Beaumaris. Not only will you find streets lined with prized modern architectural homes from the 1950s, but the suburb is also home to protected Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. The area has been safeguarded since 2002, and you’ll discover a diverse array of marine life — zebra fish, southern hulafish, sea stars and crabs are just a handful you’ll see here —among the sandstone platforms and reefs. Kids will love playing in the rock pools and spotting their tiny inhabitants. This is also the site of one of the richest clusters of sea fossils in the world and is believed to offer previously untold insights into Australian life over the past six million years.
Nearby is Ricketts Point Beachside Cafe, perfectly positioned on the foreshore to highlight the incredible coastal views all year round. You’ll find fish and chips, burgers, smoothies, coffee and more on the menu.
Another fun family activity is the Beaumaris Yacht Club. Protected by the reefs of Ricketts Point, it’s an ideal place to try your hand at sailing. During Discover Sailing days, you can take to the seas with the guidance of club members and enjoy cruising across the lagoon’s calm waters. For those who take to sailing like a fish to water, there’s also training programs where both kids and adults can learn to sail on their own.
If you’re looking for a bar, BEAU Kitchen & Cellar offers a selection of wines imported from around the world (they’re also available for purchase in the on-site wine store, Rack and Ruin), as well as a variety of local beers and ciders. Sit at the marble bar and tuck into a platter of nibbles or book a private table in the cellar for a more intimate gathering.
For a small suburb, Beaumaris is big on eateries. For traditional Italian fare, try La Cucina, which serves up favourites like wood-fired pizza, gourmet pasta and fresh salad. Leave room for desserts like tiramisu with homemade ladyfinger biscuits and sweet calzones filled with fresh berries and chocolate. Six Keys Restaurant offers laid-back dining with a touch of sophistication. Its menu is modern and seasonal, and offers wholesome flatbreads, steak, chicken breast and calamari. For something completely different, head to Zaika Indian Restaurant. Tucked away on the edge of the suburb, its authentic Indian dishes, including naan, tikka masala, lamb vindaloo and a selection of vegetarian options, are worth the trek.
Looking to do a bit of shopping in Beaumaris? Head to the Beaumaris Concourse, a central square of trendy boutiques, eateries and grocers. The knowledgeable staff at Beaumaris Books will sort you out with their wide variety of volumes. Check out Front Room for a selection of women’s clothing by local and international designers that offer both practicality and style. For something a little more bohemian, Sien has a colourful range of floaty fashion pieces. If it’s a gift you’re after, Midas and Min sells homewares, toys, clothing, footwear, accessories and body products. It even offers a styling service for decorating your home. Afterwards, head to Ginger Fox Cafe, where you can refuel with burgers, salads and sandwiches, or treat yourself to a doughnut with lemon curd and chocolate sauce. It’s dog friendly and has a menu for pups.