The sun was shining with the heat hanging still in the air. Thirty-six degrees - what lovely weather for a day at the beach. We set off to the nearest beach, forty-five minutes away at Williamstown. A lovely, shallow spot to paddle around in.
The families were out in force with the colourful tents and umbrellas dotting the beach like rainbow wildflowers. Parents watched on as young children frolicked at the water's edge. The older kids braving the slightly colder water further out. Sandcastles were being built and knocked down by the gentle waves, holes dug and children half burying their fathers in the warm sand.
The air was thick with low flying seagulls looking for their next feed, perhaps from the fish and chip shop down the esplanade. On the other side of the pier, huge, majestic pelicans sat atop rocks rising out of the ocean floor.
It was a perfect day to dig your toes into the sand, have the wind gently ruffle your hair and the smell of brine wafting in your nose. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, along with many other families.
Only a short drive from the outskirts of Melbourne, Williamstown is the perfect spot to enjoy the beach without needing to battle for prime position on the sand. There's plenty of room for everyone.