Carrum Beach is part of what is known as the Carrum Foreshore Precinct. The Beach itself has been rated by the Surf Life Saving Club of Australia as a 3/10 in terms of danger (ie very low danger), a very safe beach, but as with all bodies of water caution and care always need to be taken.
There are four points of access to the beach from Nepean Highway. Two are only for pedestrians, the first being the The Beauty Spot, and the second being Johnson Avenue. The other two are suitable for cars, Old Post Office Lane, which is the main point of access for parking, and Stephen Street. Both roads allow access to the ticketed the formal parking area, with a 150 car parking spaces on a sealed surface. Residents of the City of Kingston can park for free if they display their council ticket. There is also free parking on Nepean Highway.
There are multiple things to do, depending on your age, your interests and your inclinations.
Carrum Beach begins with the the watery highway of Patterson River and subject to the time of year, the weather and the fishing season this highway can be very busy. It is fascinating to sit in the warmth of the sun and watch the expensive and not so expensive fishing and pleasure boats returning from their outings.
The Beauty Spot is a park that sits between the highway and the beach along the side of the Patterson River. It has manicured lawns, picnic tables and a BBQ and sits in contrast to the beach and the riverbank all within a stone throw from each other. Sheltered from the beach it makes a wonderful alternative, protecting your picnic lunch from the sand. It's centre piece is a World War 1 memorial built in 1922 sponsored by the locals.
There were also a number of club rooms for various clubs - Carrum Sailing Club and Patterson River Yacht Club - near the Patterson River mouth and the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club, reopened in 2013 after experiencing serious storm damage in 2010. The public amenities can be found at the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club as well as accessible footpaths and wheelchair friendly facilities.
Carrum Foreshore Playground - somewhere safe for the very young
Next to the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club is the Carrum Foreshore Playground, a wonderful safe play area that has lots of imagination invoking play equipment.
Running along the beach and protecting the vegetation is a wonderful board walk that is studded with places to sit and rest and even an outdoor shower area. After all there is no point taking home all the beach sand is there?
This section of the bay coast line is a walking distance from Carrum Station, on the highway side of the railway line.
There is plenty to explore for all ages and abilities, if you don't like the sand try the grassy areas of The Beauty Spot Park or the Boardwalk. Got young children? Try the Carrum Foreshore Playground. If you've got a dog and the timing is right you can let them have an off lead run.
Cafes and restaurant within walking distance from this beach are TRAX on the highway side (sadly Blue Chair has now closed its doors) and the Coffee Kiss. The main idea is to get out and enjoy this hidden beach with lots of different experiences for both young and old!