01 Dec Cosy Corner
COSY CORNER – Front Beach, TORQUAY
Cosy corner on the Front Beach in Torquay is known as the children’s beach. But big people are allowed, too. This is the go-to beach if you’re after a gentle swell. So…
Where do the children play…? Cat Stevens
At Cosy Corner, kids can skiffle, float about in floaty things, paddle and swim, dig and play in this sheltered little cove. No dogs allowed here – any time of the year.
Cosy Corner abuts the marine park sanctuary. The area is not only a sanctuary for children, but also for endangered sea birds. It’s the home and nesting place of the protected hooded plover. Cormorants love it here, too. So do the local always greedy seagulls, so hang onto your sandwich.
Access the beach from the Point Danger car park or the Torquay Esplanade. Take a picnic or BBQ. Plenty of great places to eat in Bell and Gilbert Streets. If you’d like to try the very best of the best – and my absolute favourite ice-cream haunt in Torquay – pay La Dolce Vita in Gilbert Street a visit. They sell beautiful little pastry treats, too – the perfect Mini Me size. The gelati is out of this world, authentic Italian ice-cream ambrosia.
Or try the Flyin’ Fox Ice Blox range from Torquay Go Vita health food store, 24 Gilbert Street. Pure as the driven snow, these.
If you’re visiting on a Saturday, stop by the Torquay Farmers Market for some delectable home‑grown munchies. But be early for this one. It’s open for business at 8:30am, and shuts up shop at 1pm. Peach’s on the Surf Coast Highway has the freshest of everything healthy and wholesome, too.
There’s a pretty, grassy, shaded area with tables and picnic seating at Cosy Corner. Arrive early, though, if you’re set on snaffling a spot for the day.
Little people may like to climb the gnarled, Hobbity tangle-wood canopy of trees shading the picnic area. Take a walk to explore the rock pools, climb the little wooden fairy steps to Point Danger, fly a kite; bring buckets and spades, bats, balls, Frisbees. Oh, and sunscreen.
There are swings and slides on the foreshore for when you’ve had enough beach.
The amenities here are clean, and cater for a crowd.
There’s a lifeguard on duty at Cosy Corner over the summer months. But as Cosy Corner is not considered to be a true-blue surf beach, it is not patrolled over winter when Surf Coast life calms down a little. It goes without saying to be always on your guard, nonetheless.
Take your rocks, shells and collectibles home and set up a game of Memory before bedtime. You know the one, where you spread out random bits and bobs on a tray or table, ask little ones to close their eyes or look away for a moment. Then ask them to take turns to remember what’s missing. This ‘cheap and cheerful’ pastime is a lovely way to relive a happy day at the beach.
Close of Cosy Corner day for our Mini Mes is a good, long soak in a warm tub of Tri Nature soap‑free Kids Watermelon Whirl Body Wash – a recent Cowrie Market find. It’s just divine.
And two of our favourite après beach bedtime stories – Alison Lester’s Magic Beach and Shutta Crumb and Patrice Baton’s Uh-Oh! Then lights out to…
The sweetest of dreams
And a happy repose
If you lie on your back
You won’t hurt your nose! – PaPa