SANDRINGHAM BEACH – A coastal walk

From the archives

Why Sandringham Beach some of you Melbournians might ask?

Simply because I have wonderful friends who live there and this gave me the inclination to walk along their beach for some fresh sea air and photography.

Secondly, because it’s a fantastic beach and coastal area to view.   The high rugged cliffs, rocky outcrops and flower-studded cliff faces (in September/October/November – Spring) are in such contrast to my local flat sandy beaches.

I made most of the images in this post between 2011 and 2014.  At that time I lived on the south-east side of Melbourne which gave a fairly direct train route to this southern bayside beach.

In Sandringham, one of the challenges was clambering over some high rocks with my tiny backpack and camera bag(s).   Having some slight nerve damage in both legs after some surgery(ies) means I really should stay on flat paths, but if I can do it, so can you.  More than once I landed on an uneven sandy/rocky surface and stumbled – fortunately not breaking anything – camera, lens or bones.

…..and after seeing a man run up these steps, I decided I would do the same (except I ended up walking up, getting slower and slower, until eventually, I walked up 5-6 steps with a few minutes rest between each segment of my climb  😀  ).

I took the photo below AFTER I reached the top and had to take 15-20 minutes rest before walking along the coastal path (which ran along the cliff top beside the main road leading back to the train station).

Our life on this earth is impermanent and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

“Make hay while the sun shines” is my motto

And if you can’t make hay – plant a seed, tweak an idea, explore your dreams.

After the lockdown is over……. and it will one day……..Melbournians will be able to explore a little more of our wonderful state (with our international borders being closed for quite some time for tourists).

I encourage all my fellow Victorians to look ahead with hope and optimism.   Face masks have become a new fashion statement and there are so many colours, styles and material patterns.   Social distancing will probably become a new way of interacting for the rest of the year, or even a few years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore your local area and have fun.

You just have to be open to different horizons and more rustic local destinations.

I travelled both interstate and overseas for many years in my youth, so have that desire to wander no matter what the location.   And now I have some good camera equipment, all the more reason to explore the suburbs – inner and outer.

Back in the old days of car ownership, I don’t think I ever took the quickest route to go shopping, let alone visit friends in outlying suburbs.

I ALWAYS TOOK THE SCENIC ROUTE – (which actually saved my life one day when my car brakes failed I might add).

So I challenge you to make the most of local travel destinations and in particular, country towns.   Support country businesses with food/wine/accommodation/gift shop purchases and craft fairs…….once the current restrictions are lifted from Melbourne and the rest of Victoria..




6 thoughts on “SANDRINGHAM BEACH – A coastal walk

    1. It really is an interesting walk as the further south you go, you pass those interesting sand ridges where the cliff has given way and rain has moulded it. There’s a couple of spots where you need to be careful as you drop down off some rocks or a row of large pipes. With a couple of my vertabrae fused I don’t have the spring or bouncing ability but I’m sure you and J would be ok with your fitness.

      Further north towards Melbourne is just ordinary beach I think. You need to walk south from Sandringham Train Station (or Bay Road). I don’t know whether you can continue on to Black Rock but it’d be worth the effort if you could. My friends are superfit so maybe they’ve gone much further than me.

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    1. I could well imagine you enjoying that walk, Pete. I can see you bending over all the rock pools and tiny crevices exploring and observing all the tiny critters that live there.

      It’s a place I’d like to get back to one day, although I think I’d need a car and be able to drive there to shorten the journey and avoid the traffic, now I live in the western suburbs. Or perhaps I should just stick to Jawbone Conservation Reserve and its surrounds now I live.

      It’s easy to hanker for the past, but perhaps better to explore the ‘current’ surrounds (with the ongoing COVID situation).

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