This is the wooden jetty at Seaford, a beach resort near to Melbourne, at dusk. We spent two weeks here earlier this year staying in a small studio apartment right opposite this glorious beach. It’s a popular resort with families largely because the water’s very shallow until you’re almost at the end of the pier which teems with fishermen. At dusk, the beach is empty apart from a few dog walkers and some seabirds. We love wandering along sandy beaches but rarely ever spend time sitting on them. I just love the play of colours between sea and sky at sunrise and sunset.
Even though I live a short stroll from the beach, I wouldn’t describe myself as a beach person. No, it’s the water I love, its ever changing moods and colours. However, I’m not adverse to a stroll along a sandy beach, digging my toes into the damp sand and walking along the receding waterline. While I was in Australia, I posted lots of beach photos and many of my friends were astonished at how empty they were. It’s true, there’s so many beaches that most have only a few folks on them. Often the empty ones are the more dangerous ones where swimming is forbidden and there are no lifeguards. I should clarify that, when I say dangerous, I’m referring to rip tides and rocks, not sharks.
Of course, when you use the words “beach” and “Australia” many think of Bondi beach. It might be the most well-known one outside of Australia but it’s surprisingly small. Now, I’m no surfer but the beach is much larger at Manley and the waves look pretty good to me! What do you think?
But my favourite beaches are those where the waves crash against the shoreline and sunbathing is the only permitted activity. Often these are havens for birdlife and are bordered by magnificent dunes with all manner of plants and shrubs.
Equally, I love family-style beaches where the sand’s soft, the water’s clear and shallow – ideal for a splash about. Often there’s a pier for strolling along or fishing from or for diving into the sea. Perfect for a spot of lotus eating.
I also enjoy the beaches at sunrise and sunset. I particularly love the play of light on the water.
However, some of the most magnificent seascapes are to be found along the Great Ocean Road.