Surrounded by the coast on three sides, Wellington Point Reserve is popular for picnics, launching a boat into Moreton Bay, walking to King Island or the nature track along the mangroves, or simply dining at the waterside restaurant.
Wellington Point is about 22 km south-east of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Wellington Point is largely residential and adjoins Birkdale in the west and Ormiston to the south east. The locality derives its name from the headland called Wellington Point which extends prominently into Moreton Bay.
Wellington Point was named by surveyors Robert Dixon and James Warner in 1842 after the Duke of Wellington who led the army of the United Kingdom in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The bay formed in part by Wellington Point was named Waterloo Bay. The first European settlers arrived in Wellington Point in the mid-1860s after the first land sales of 1864
Banyan figs were planted at the point in 1924, by 1925 the first kiosk at the point was established and in 1927 the Moreton Bay Figs were planted giving the point many of its most iconic features. An interesting development at the point was the drilling for oil which began in 1931. The drilling was commercially unsuccessful, but it did attract the interest of the Prime Minister and the Catholic Church. 1931 was also the year that town electricity was first provided in the area and the Wellington Point jetty was completed in 1937
The Nature Walk goes from the bridge to the main Street where an Osprey has built her nest on top of a high pole. The walk follows the mangroves growing along the shore. There are some beautiful houses overlooking the Bay and this area is now prime real estate.
The 2km King Island Walk round trip is suitable for all ages and is much loved by kids in particular as the retreating waters leave behind a pathway that is usually littered with an array of different marine life such as curling shells and small mud crabs just waiting to be discovered. When we arrived it was High Tide, and as the waters were receding, the sand bank was visible and there were teenagers walking in the water. After we had lunch, walked the track and was going home, the tide was out and then you could walk to King Island and around in the sand.