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Summer by the Sea 2013

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Keep cool and wet and amused for free these school holidays
Summer by the Sea


The 2013 Summer by the Sea program is now out and like in past sizzling summers it is a set of fantastic free family outings and adventures.

Whether you are lucky enough to be staying beachside for your holidays or willing to jump in the car for a day's outing these free activities are strongly worth considering. Pouncing on them is an even better idea as some events fill up fast.



I have incredibly fond memories of taking my children on one of these activities -- the Mudflat Meander where they searched for crabs, worms and birds on Swan Bay (near Queenscliff) and then visited the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre. Other activities in Queenscliff include beachcombing and rockpool rambling. For the full range of activities click here.

There are over 300 activities in more than 80 locations on Victoria's coastlines. Most of these are in popular holiday spots such as Lorne, Aireys Inverloch, Warrnambool, Lakes Entrance and Apollo Bay. But for those still stuck in Melbourne thankfully many are also just a short distance from home in areas such as Brighton, Altona, Beaumaris, Frankston, New Port, Port Melbourne and St Kilda.

summer by the sea


It would be impossible to list the myriad of activities but this article can at least provide you with a sampling. I have listed only the free activities.

For events in the South West, you can book here. That means areas such as Portarlington and Kennet River stretching through to Warrnambool. There are a range of marine and coastal discovery walks, rockpool rambles, rainforest walks, snorkelling, clifftop walks, junior ranger games and activities, penguin gawks, kite making (based on migratory birds), fossil safaris and beach detective activities.



Free events in Gippsland include fishing workshops, junior biologists, dinosaur discoveries (at Inverloch), adventure safaris by kayak, geology rocks (volcanic) and beach scupltures. Click here for more information.




More local events around the bay include Dog's Breakfast (free breakfast for dogs and owners at Altona), bicycle ride towards Black Tock, Flippin Frogs (be prepared to get your feet wet), Coolart sunset walk, Twilight walk (St Kilda West),Sea Shell safari (Rye), mud pie making (bayside). Click here for more information.



You will have to book these events online so do try and get in early as some (but not all) registrations close in early January. For the full list click here.

Most of the events are run by Coastcare Victoria a state-wide program run by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), with support from the Australian Government.
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Why? Because they are free, outside and by the sea.
When: Summer School Holidays
Where: Coastal Victoria
Cost: FREE - donations welcome
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Looks like a good place to take the whole family. Something for everyone.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 2834 days ago
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