Are you looking for a quiet place to have a picnic/BBQ with family and friends before/after going on a walk through the Warringine Park on The Bittern Coastal Wetland Boardwalk. Somewhere you can park the car then relax? If this sounds like you, Jacks Beach Reserve is the place to go.
You can reach Jacks Beach by either walking through the Warringine Park from Salmon Street in Hastings or for those wanting to reach it by car there is a car park at the reserve.
From the picnic area it’s a short walk to reach Jacks Beach or the Bittern Coastal Wetland Boardwalk through the Warringine Park.
The Bittern Coastal Wetland Boardwalk starts off with a boardwalk which snakes its way through mangroves and grassland. The colours and different textures of the coastal vegetation making the walk interesting and a place for photographers. As you make your way towards Hastings the boardwalk is replaced by a gravel pathway. The pathway continues winding its way through the vegetation. For those feeling energetic you can continue the flat easy walk to Hastings Jetty.
Jacks Beach facilities
The reserve is a relatively small area but has all you need to enjoy a picnic or BBQ with loved ones.
- Picnic tables
- Public Toilets
- Car park
- Information boards
- Dogs not allowed in Warringine Park
About Jacks Beach
The beach is not one that I would be heading to on a summers day for a swim. The area is a small rocky beach with mangroves.
Jacks Beach surprised us, we expected a sandy beach instead we had arrived at a historical site. It’s here the twin Jack brothers had a tan pit to tan their fishing nets and lines. Information boards are provided to give some history on the Jack brothers and the area.
An area that as recent as 60 years ago was once used to graze cattle. What a beautiful place for these cattle to be grazing amongst the grassland and mangroves.
Nearby places to explore
Below are some of the places we explored on our day trip to Hastings. Click on the links to find out more:
- Hastings Jetty
- Warringine Park, Hastings
- Fred Smith Reserve, Hastings
- Hastings Boat Ramp
- Hastings Foreshore Recreational Walking Track, Hastings
Places to explore on the Mornington Peninsula
Where to start? There is so much on offer along the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Beaches popular for surfing, whilst others draw the crowd to take their Instagram photo in front of the colourful beach huts. From wineries, mazes, the chair lift at Arthurs Seat, Hot Springs, golf courses, cafes and breweries there’s something for all ages.
If you’re looking for a different way to reach Queenscliff why not head to Portsea and take the car over on the ferry.
Below are some of the places we’ve explored on the Mornington Peninsula. Click on the links to learn more:
- Arthurs Seat, Dromana, Victoria
- Mount Martha Beach, Victoria
- Ranelagh Beach, Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia
- Frankston Foreshore, Beach & Pier, Frankston, Victoria
- Oliver’s Hill Lookout Point, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
- Mornington Pier, Mornington
- Rosebud Pier, Rosebud
- Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Moorooduc
- Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Pearcedale
Jacks Beach Reserve Location
Jacks Beach Reserve is situated in Bittern on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
- Bittern, Victoria 3918
- Approximately 79km, 1hr 5mins from Melbourne CBD (with tolls)
- Approximately 5.7km, 8mins from Hastings Jetty
Have you explored any coastal trails that you would like to share with us? We’d love to hear about your experiences.