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Summer is a time for holidays, relaxation, fun and going on adventures. There are many summer days where people feel like staying inside because it is too hot or too sunny, but if you want to enjoy the summer head outdoors and down to the beach.
There are plenty of activities that you can enjoy by the water. Here is a list of 20 fun things to do at the beach this weekend.
1. We are so busy rushing around most of the time, so why not take an opportunity to relax in your comfy beach chair, get a tan while reading a book that's been sitting on your bedside table or catch up on gossip from your favourite magazines.
3. Enjoy the view and take pictures to help you remember your adventure at the beach. You can take selfies and share them on Instagram or if you get a particularly nice photo, have it printed on canvas.
4. Go crab hunting! You can either try to catch them or just let them do their thing and check on their progress. This is a good way to experience nature in a new way. Crabs can be usually find in beachside rockpools.
5. Have a sandcastle building contest with your friends or family. The person who makes the best castle wins a prize, such as an ice-cream or a bag of lollies. Or if you want to mix it up a bit, create sculptures by the sea and make sea creatures out of the stand instead.
6. Play beach volleyball – try playing this classic game against another group of people at the beach; some beaches, such as Manly, Coogee, Maroubra, Tamarama, Bondi, Newport and Brighton have beach courts set up.
If you are visiting other beaches, you can bring your own beach volleyball and net – these are available from stores such as Rebel Sports and Amazon.
7. Walk barefoot – enjoy the feel of warm sand on your feet by walking around without any shoes or socks on; it will make you feel like a carefree kid again. And whilst you are at it, try to identify footprints you come across.
8. Go cliff jumping - If you want to get an adrenaline rush, find some rocks that are close to the shoreline and jump off them into the water below. Before you jump, however, make sure the water is deep enough and there are no dangerous rocks or branches.
9. Get seafood – go have dinner at the beach with friends or family by getting something yummy to eat that is found in seaside eateries.
10. Go snorkelling or scuba diving in the ocean and explore the underwater world. For safety always make sure you swim with a buddy. Good quality snorkels and fins are available from stores such as Anaconda or Dive Gear Australia.
If you have never scuba dived before, why not sign up for scuba diving lessons through Prodive or Padi.
11. Find shells and sea glass and other treasures and take them home as souvenirs; there's plenty to be found on the beach, so get digging! You can even use them to decorate a picture frame or a special container or you can make a keepsake beach in a jar.
12. Fly a kite – enjoy flying one with family members or friends during the daytime hours while you're at the beach; they are great conversation starters.
13. Go fishing - make sure you bring a fishing pole and some bait; otherwise, try throwing in a line with a hook on it and see what bites!
14. Make new friends by inviting other groups on the beach to play frisbee, spike ball, toss and catch ball or bucket ball.
15. Go surfing or boogie boarding. If you have never surfed before, you may want to consider surfing lessons. In Sydney, there are many places you can learn surfing including:
- Manly Surf School
- Let's go Surfing
- Surf Camp
And if you don't have your own surfboard or boogie board, consider renting one from places such as:
17. Skip rocks - this is a lot of fun when you have a body of water in front of you. If you find the right rock and the right angle you can get it to skip many times across the surface of the water!
18. Walk along the ocean floor – try going down near where it's shallow so you can touch many different types of rocks, plants, and other sea debris that are close by.
19. Take an evening walk - have a nice walk around before it gets dark outside by walking along the shoreline, exploring or just simply taking in your surroundings.
20. Play beach tennis or badminton - Playing beach tennis or badminton is a great way to get some exercise and show off your skills. Set up your net (preferably away from other beachgoers) and then grab two or four racquets and play with friends or family. Beach tennis kits are available from stores such as Big W, Amazon or Rebel Sport.
If you don't frequent the beach very often, make sure you come prepared with the following:
- Beach towels and beach mats
- Beach umbrella or cabana
- Rashie or another cover-up
- Sunscreen and chapstick
- Drinking water
- Bucket and spade for the kids
- Portable charger
- Snorkel / goggles / fins
- Beach ball
- Phone and waterproof phone case
- Underwater digital camera
- Esky or cooler bag with ice
- Portable speaker
- Beach chairs
- Beach bag
- Personal handheld fan
- Picnic basket
- Insect spray
- Tripod/selfie stick
- First aid kit