Whether or not you consider it a secret spot (I’m relatively new to the Coast, I believe Spoon Bay to be one of the jewels of our coastline.
Located on the southern side of Wamberal Point, it’s part of the Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve. It’s only accessible by foot, with about five car spaces dedicated to the reserve, whilst the rest is street parking at the end of Spoon Bay Road. As you walk down through a canopy of lovely overhanging trees providing a nice cool walk down, you are greeted by a vast expanse of sand and ocean waiting just for you.
Image taken by Hugo Silva
There is something for families with children of all ages at Spoon Bay, which has a little more swell than some of the other kid-friendly beaches. It’s not a patrolled beach and being a competent swimmer is essential for those wanting to do more than wade at the water’s edge, as there are some rips that can form in the centre, but a watchful eye and common sense ensure an enjoyable day here.
There's a fantastic formation of rocks, which has created some of the securest rock pools, making for great snorkeling and exploring; some are even large enough for safe swimming for little ones.
A funny little show of how awesome the Coast is, is that everyone leaves his or her shoes, mostly thongs, at the end of the path down to the beach, and they are actually guaranteed to be there on your return.
Spoon Bay is the perfect family day for setting up umbrellas, bringing the buckets and shovels and picnicking till the sunset.