I wanted to share with you one of the most iconic beaches in Melbourne.
Brighton Bathing Boxes
The brightly painted Brighton Bathing Boxes are iconic and understandably as they are adorable – I regularly see photos of the Bathing Boxes by tourists and other Melbournian Instagrammers. I have never been before though, so it was a new experience for me. The Bathing Boxes date back to the 1800’s when they were predominantly used for ladies to get changed into their bathing suits in privacy. People are not permitted to live in these boxes, they are places for the owners to enjoy the beach from and store things in.
How to get there
It is important to note that this is a fairly easy place to get to even if you don’t have a car, it is a 17 minute (1.3km) walk from Middle Brighton train station.
There are incredible views from the beach
You get an epic view of the Melbourne CBD from the beach from the Brighton Beach Boxes.
My next stop was the Brighton Baths, I walked along the long pier and admired the views. I was kind of stunned/shocked by my experience here, by the way. In all the sunrise photo shoots I have done, I never come across a single person- this time I came across so many people from the start (05.20am) until finishing up and heading home.
There is a massive beach culture in Brighton and not just people sunbathing, no, no! These people are active in ways that impressed me thoroughly – they are out swimming in the depths of the ocean, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, walking and running on the beach! This wasn’t just one or two people either, I would’ve spotted around 50 people in and around the baths getting active.
Expectations about Australians
I think a lot of foreigners think most Australians live their lives like the people I came across on the beach, getting up super early and hitting the beach. Unfortunately, not everyone is so privileged to live so close to the beach (my nearest beach is nearly an hours drive away) or in places like Brighton where most of the houses are worth millions of dollars. I can imagine from my experiences that living on the beach would be a very idyllic way to live. It makes me think, I will have to do a stint of beach living one day, perhaps abroad. There is truly nothing more invigorating than catching the sunrise on the beach.
I hope you enjoyed this post :).