From Eastern View to Urquhart Bluff, our coast provides a series of wonderful beaches (click for maps) for surfing, swimming, paddling, walking and playing (sandcastles, beach cricket, beach volleyball, beach boules….).
The Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club (click here for website) provides a patrolled swimming area on summer weekends and public holidays, and this is the only sensible choice for all but strong and experienced swimmers and for all visitors new to the area. The Club also runs Nippers Programs – from late December to early January – wonderful fun and an excellent water safety education for 5 to 14 year olds and a great boon for their parents. The Clubhouse has been totally rebuilt into “a model surf clubhouse, adhering to all the guidelines of Life Saving Victoria’s new “Clubhouse of the Future“”, and will provide facilities for local community groups.
Low tide is a great time for walking and playing on the beach and it helps to know the tide timetable. From November each year local shops and newsagents sell Ocean Calendars that not only show tide times and heights for the next 14 months in a great pictorial format, but also the phases of the moon. The tide times given are for Port Philip Heads – for our beaches subtract 17 minutes. Alternatively you can access tide information at websites such as ‘Williweather‘.