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Summer by the Sea

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The annual Summer by the Sea events program is back for 2018, providing a fantastic opportunity to explore and rediscover Bayside’s scenic 17km of foreshore.

Our beaches and foreshore are some of Bayside’s best loved natural attractions. Summer by the Sea is a great opportunity to learn more about our marine environment and coastal bushlands, and the plants and wildlife that live there.

The program is coordinated by the Victorian Government and delivered by local groups and Councils all along Victoria’s coast.

Bayside’s Summer by the Sea events are delivered by the Friends of Bayside and the Bayside Environmental Friends Network and feature an exciting suite of activities throughout January including:

Rock pool ramble

10.00–11.00am, Saturday 6 January AND Saturday 27 January

Get up close and personal to discover the colourful and fascinating creatures lurking in the rock pools of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary.

‘Sea Country’ - a foreshore walk

10.00-11.00am, Saturday 6 January

Enjoy a guided foreshore walk and talk around Ricketts Point to learn about the 60, 000+ years of Aboriginal peoples presence in Australia.  Discover how the Boon Wurrung (local First People) lived in harmony with their Sea Country while exploring Port Phillip Bay’s (Nairm) colourful history.

Disabled snorkelling

10.00–11.00am AND 12.00-1.00pm Wednesday 10 January

Run in conjunction with the Disabled Divers Association, these sessions provide an opportunity for people of various abilities to experience a day at the beach in a new light. Gain confidence in accessing the water with the assistance of accessible beach equipment.

Snorkelling experience

9.00-10.00am Saturday 13 January AND 9.00-10.00am Saturday 20 January

Enjoy an introduction to delightful fish and marine life, reefs and seagrasses of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary.  Experienced snorkelers will enjoy exploring Teahouse Reef and those new to snorkelling will enjoy a lesson in the shallow inner lagoon. Encounter colourful algae, local fish and perhaps even a basking Fiddler Ray.

‘Country’ - a foreshore plants & heritage walk

10.00-11.00am, Saturday 13 January

Experience an introduction to many indigenous plants of Ricketts Point and their role in traditional Aboriginal food and culture in an easy walk and talk along mostly grassed area.

Our evolving coastline

9:30-11.00am Sunday 14 January

Learn the history of local rock geology, coastal erosion, Bayside’s living museums of fossils and much more. Understand what the indigenous Boon Wurrung people would have seen in our area of the bay, compared to what we see today.

Microbats by the sea

8.30-9.45pm Tuesday 16 January

Explore Rickett’s Point foreshore at dusk and discover the wildlife living there including tiny and often invisible microbats. Learn about these small flying mammals and use special equipment to see them in fascinating digital format.


9.00am–12.00pm, Thursday 16 January AND 6.30–9.30pm Sunday 21 January

Modern treasure hunting using GPS-enabled devices. This fun outdoor activity is suitable for the whole family to discover an abundance of interesting things in the local environment.

Beach walk, shells and seaweed experience

10.00-11.00 am, Saturday 20 January

Come and discover the diverse array of shellfish and seaweed at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and learn about their interactions and surprising encounters.

Foreshore geology and fossils walk

10.00-11.00am, Saturday 20 January

Explore the rock outcrops at Ricketts Point to learn how environmental conditions have evolved the land and geology over the last six million years.

Discover Bayside’s coastal wonders

9:00-10:30am, Tuesday 23 January

See Half Moon Bay in a new light. Experience the Red Bluff Cliffs resplendent in their striking colours and the diverse and thriving indigenous species. Learn about indigenous bush tucker and cultural uses as well as discovering the amazing natural colours, textures and sights of this iconic bayside location.

Shell Safari & Nurdle Hunt

4.15pm–5.30pm, Thursday 25 January

Join us for a sea shell survey, learning the secrets of Port Phillip Bay and its miniature residents.  Along the way, hunt for nurdles - hundreds of these plastic pre-production pellets are found regularly on Bayside beaches and more recently, in streams flowing into the Bay. Learn more about the issues of plastic pollution and what we can do about it.

Find out more and book an activity

You can also keep up to date with Summer by the Sea activities around Bayside and beyond via the Summer by the Sea Facebook page.