Coastal Trail

The cliff tops and beaches that stretch from Brighton to Beaumaris have long enchanted visitors and locals. For thousands of years, the indigenous Boon wurrung people were attracted to the area for its abundance of food and fresh water, and its spiritual significance. From the early days of European settlement many of Australia’s celebrated sculptors and painters have been inspired by the beauty and distinction of Bayside's coastline.

Enhance any trip to Melbourne by taking some time out to explore the 17 kilometres of beaches and coastline in Bayside. Enjoy the 90 signs of the revitalised Coastal Trail along the entire length, which has been expanded from simply prominent artworks to now comprise four complete elements:

Through these complimentary elements, the Coastal Trail celebrates the lives and artwork of notable Australia artists, tells the stories of the Boon wurrung, recollects the historical significance of the area and explores the local natural environment.

The prominent Art Trail element includes work by famous Heidelberg School founders Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin, completed during summer camps between 1886 and 1907. Many artists such as Arthur Boyd, Clarice Beckett, C.A. Wilson and Jesse Trail followed in the footsteps of Heidelberg School painters in painting en plein-air. The trail signs are located as close as possible to where the artists stood sometimes over one hundred years ago.

The Indigenous Trail comprises works of contemporary indigenous artists and is based on stories authored by Boon wurrung Elder, Carolyn Briggs. The Trail outlines the close relationship between the Boon wurrung culture and the coastal environment.

Bayside’s rich coastal history (epitomised by the colourful Brighton Bathing Boxes) and the significant local flora and fauna are also prominent elements of the Bayside Coastal Trail.

Page last updated: 22 Jun 2015