Being safe and comfortable at a Summer by the Sea activity

While we do the very best we can to ensure you stay safe while enjoying one of the many beachside activities, it is important that you always follow the activity leader’s instructions and come to the activity well prepared.

Because activities happen on the beach, often without much shade, it’s very important to be SunSafe – a long sleeve shirt is recommended, pop on a hat as well and make sure you have put on some sunscreen before the start of the activity.

Many activities, such as rockpool rambles and dinosaur digs, occur on uneven ground and where there are rocks that can stab your toes. We ask that you wear closed shoes for the activity, not thongs. We can’t guarantee that you can take part in the activity if inappropriate footwear is worn.

Also bring along a bottle of water and some snacks, it’s a lot harder to learn and enjoy yourself with a rumbling tummy…

If you have any species needs, please let Coastcare know when booking your spot on the activity and we will do our best to try and assist you!

Getting involved with Coastcare

Did you enjoy learning about our amazing coast? Do you want to help keeping it beautiful and healthy? Do you want to meet likeminded people in your area?

Then joining one of the many Coastcare groups dotted all along the Victorian coastline might just be the thing for you!!!

Hundreds of groups work together to look after our coastline. Be it through collecting rubbish, weeding, planting new habitat or protecting shore birds like the Hooded Plover, there are many ways you could help. All groups are always happy for an extra set of hands – and there are jobs for all ages and abilities!

So don’t be shy, give your Regional Coastcare Facilitator a bell and they will put you in touch with groups in your area.

Here are their contact details:

Eastern Region – From Mallacoota to Lang Lang (including Phillip Island)
Bruce Atkin: (03) 5183 9116

Central Region – From Lang Lang to Little River
Phillip Wierzbowski: (03) 9450 8793

Bellarine and Surf Coast Region – From Little River to Princetown
Rebecca Briody: (03) 5220 2012

Far South Western Region – From Princetown to Nelson
Adam Taylor: (03) 5561 9991

Digging for a dinosaur

Have you ever wanted to find your own dinosaur tooth, or a dinosaur bone maybe??? Summer by the Sea’s dinosaur digs may just be your chance to do so!

One of the very popular activities in our Summer by the Sea program are the ‘Dinosaur digs’ which are held in the Inverloch and Phillip Island area each year.

Lead by our local palaeontologist, who even has a real dinosaur named after him, you get to learn about the beasts that roamed the landscape. Explore the rock platform and learn about the volcanos and earthquakes that shook the area millions of years ago. Put on a pair of safety glasses and try your hand at finding a real dinosaur fossil or at least some fossilised dinosaur food.

Bookings for this activity are essential and closed-in shoes are a must to ensure foot safety in amongst the rocks.

Bookings for Summer by the Sea dinosaur Digs will open in mid-December. Keep an eye on the website or our Facebook page.

When Balloons fly

When we think of marking a special occasion we often think of using balloons. But not many people are aware of the impact that balloons (and attachments such as ribbon and plastic ties) can have when they enter the environment.

A CSIRO study found balloons are in the top three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife for both entanglement and ingestion.

The impact balloon litter can have has been well documented in the Flesh-footed Shearwaters on the remote Lord Howe Island. During annual surveys of the colony, balloons and their attachments are one of the most readily identifiable items found inside the stomachs of both adults and chicks. Chicks are mistakenly fed the litter by their parents and can be left too weak to leave the nest. The decline in shearwater numbers on the island is directly linked to the ingestion of this marine debris, with a warning that many seabirds could be facing a similar fate.

Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Parks have launched “When balloons fly”, alongside researchers at Lord Howe Island, to highlight the impact of balloons on seabirds and other wildlife and call on Australians to make a switch to bubbles at their outdoor events.

You can be part of the solution. Visit zoo.org.au/balloons and join the growing list of people making a promise to make outdoor events wildlife friendly.

What types of activities are on offer for Summer by the Sea

Bookings open in mid-December on this website…

Rockpool Ramble

Find out who and what lives on our rocky shores. With the help of a local guide, you will get up close and personal to discover the colourful and strange looking creatures that lurk in the rockpools of coastal Victoria. Sturdy shoes required.

Geology Rocks

Discover the natural history of the Victorian coastline dating back millions of years. A local guide will lead you on an adventure to uncover secrets of the past, including dinosaurs, fossils and dunes.

Marine and Coastal Discovery

Explore Victoria’s coastal and marine environments on an interactive discovery tour. Be prepared to get your feet wet!

Take a guided walk through some of Victoria’s terrestrial coastal environments including national parks, cliffs and heathlands. Bring a torch for after dark walks.

Sessions may include beachcombing, sea grass and mud flat meanders, beach photography, catchment tours, dip netting, geocaching and fishing.

Adventure Safari

Experience Victoria’s coastal and marine waters. These activities include kayaking and snorkelling, canoeing and boat trips for those with an adventurous streak and who like to get wet! Bookings essential, participants must be able to swim well and age restrictions may apply.

Dog’s Breakfast

Come along for a free breakfast for dogs and owners. Local experts will help you discover the biodiversity and wildlife living along Victoria’s beaches and learn what we can all do to care for it. Dogs must be on a lead.

Marine and Coastal Connections

Learn more about our coastal and marine environments and how you can make a difference. Experience the coastal and marine environment without getting your feet wet. Activities include movie nights, wildlife displays, festivals.
We hope that you find an activity that suits your interests. Wheelchair accessible activities are marked. If you require any assistance to attend a Summer by the Sea activity, please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.