This was our first visit (but won't be our last) to Mordialloc Foreshore precinct. I was surprised about how clean and quiet it was on the beach. It was a quite buzz of activity with a steady stream of pedestrians, and fishers on the pier. Some beach lovers had set up the tents, chairs, towels, buckets and spades. Some were braving the cold Phillip Bay water but we had ventured here for a day of fishing.
The new fishing gear had to be tested regardless of the advice from all the locals that the fish had stopped biting at dawn. Forget the odds, no amount of discouragement has ever thwarted the enthusiasm of our young fisher boy with his new rod and tackle set. Sam was confident was high as he'd practiced in the pool. It was not the least bit dampening that many a fisherman walked back up the pier with empty buckets and down turned smiles.
Puppy's first walk
This timeless sporting activity has consumed many, many, many hours and if it wasn't for all the modern day necessities such as sunscreen, hat (snacks excluded from the equation) etc, this could be a free family activity.
Unfortunately the excitement of fishing never seems to wear out with my young children. Even my teenager who was initially resistant was literally jumping up and down in anticipation. I am less enthusiastic, braving the wind, rain and potential sunburn is not my idea of fun However, the joy on the children's faces and the tranquility of watching the rolling water come in is enough to appease me and even elicit a feeling of peace.
There's something soothing about the waves
The fish and chips on the beach certainly helped as well. There is a very close cafe with limited food and drinks such as coffees and fish and chips or you can walk a bit further to the main street. I had the fattest flake that I've ever eaten.
The Mordialloc Foreshore precinct has picnic tables, showers, barbecues, playgrounds and plenty of parking for $3.30 per hour. Over summer festival rides are set up close by and unlimited rides (three hour session) can be purchased for $19.50.
If you're going to fish you will need a licence, which is only a few dollars. Exemptions include anyone under 18 or over 70 years olds, the holder of a seniors or veteran affairs, health care card, concession card or a member of a traditional owner group fishing within an area subject to a natural resource agreement relevant to that traditional owner group.
This beach is worth considering for various outdoor fun activities. If you're shrewd you can have a family day out for next to nix… but don't count on it providing dinner!