I'm a copywriter and freelance writer living in Melbourne.
My novel, Another New York Murder, is available online.
Published September 10th 2013
Leave your footprints on one of Melbourne's best beaches
Melbourne is many things; we don't need to peruse these pages to know that. It's a city of literature, its selection of major sporting events is without equal. It has a vibrant night life with theatre, music, food and drink. Whether it's art or architecture, sport or shopping, music or miscellaneous merriment, Melbourne is at your service. So it's understandable in our haste to see that latest band or taste that latest menu or see that thrilling contest we have precious little time for sitting on a beach.
However, we do not lack in seaside attractiveness and the sheltered bay on which Melbourne sits is a site of many fine beaches all of them not too far from the suburbs. One of the finest of these is the stretch that runs from Mordialloc to Chelsea. Littered with bathing boxes of various sizes and possessing some of the cleanest and clearest water in the bay, it's a perfect spot for a walk, a swim or a day spent doing very little at all.
The beach is silken and soft yet hard enough to wheel a pram and most importantly, to play cricket. It's hard enough to get some bounce of a good length but will still take spin later when the footmarks and the lactic acid in the legs both become prominent. The water is also shallow enough that the biggest tonk from the worst ball will struggle to find deep water.
According to the Kingston Historical Society, in 1920 an ambitious -or lost- aviator landed his plane on the sand, so if it can take an aircraft, then there's a fair chance the golden sand will take your leggies and offies.
The sand is dutifully graded and cleaned by various vehicles making their way up and down so every morning after even the biggest night before, a perfect yellow carpet awaits you.
The water is like a cool blue pancake, only occasionally upset by a humming boat or Jet Ski or worked over by a paddleboard. On the calmest days it's like a vast lake and as you sit on the beach or wade in the water you'll come to truly understand the meaning of the word idyllic.
The Edithvale Surf Lifesaving Club. Also Home of The Sea Breeze Cafe
Need a feed? Then The Sea Breeze Cafe, situated at the Edithvale Life Saving and Sailing club is a perfect place to stop. There's also a basic kiosk at Aspendale and Chelsea.
A Perfect Edithvale Sunset
Standing in warm, knee deep water after a typically hot Melbourne day and watching the sun sink into the bay in front of you is like going on holiday for a few hours, but what a tranquil few hours they will be.