Summer by the Sea 2022 program – accessible, multilingual and printable

Welcome to Summer by the Sea 2022!

Connect to the coast from wherever you are you are in the state with Summer by the Sea ‘Coast to Home’ in 2022.

The annual program will deliver a suite of walks, facilitator listening posts, videos and online live events and campaigns between 3 and 25 January 2022.

The month-long program offers a variety of free activities exploring the rich and diverse natural and cultural values of Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.

Bookings via the What’s on page

Summer by the Sea 2022 program – downloadable and multilingual

The program below is available in PDF and Word in English, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, and Vietnamese:

COASTAL WALKS – accessible listing

Enjoy an educational coastal walk with educational and subject matter experts. These walks will be popular and are capped so bookings are essential.

Monday 3 JanuaryWelcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Shoreline SecretsEastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation; Marg O’Toole, Habitat ConnectionsWarrnambool
Tuesday 4 JanuaryShoreline SecretsMarg O’Toole, Habitat ConnectionsMarengo
Wednesday 5 JanuaryHooded Plover WalkAlison Oates & Phillip Island Nature ParksCape Woolamai
Thursday 6 JanuaryCANCELLED Shoreline SecretsMarg O’Toole, Habitat ConnectionsPeterborough
Friday 7 JanuaryCANCELLED
Coastal Dynamics of Inverloch Surf Beach
Alison Oates & Dave SuttonInverloch
Monday 10 JanuaryShoreline SecretsMarg O’Toole, Habitat ConnectionsKillarney
Tuesday 11 JanuaryCANCELLED
Coastal Walk
Charlotte Williamson, Werribee River AssociationWerribee South
Tuesday 11 JanuaryBeach Discovery WalkMarine and Freshwater Discovery Centre-Victorian Fisheries AuthorityQueenscliff
Tuesday 11 JanuaryShoreline SecretsMarg O’Toole, Habitat ConnectionsPainkalac Creek, Aireys Inlet
Wednesday 12 JanuaryWelcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Fisher’s Wetland Birdlife and Adjacent Saltmarsh WalkBunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation; Alison Oates & Penny ManningNewhaven
Friday 14 JanuaryWelcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Nocturnal RambleGunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation; Kirstin Sennens & Laura Owen, Wildlife UnlimitedEagle Point
Friday 14 JanuaryCANCELLED Wetland WalkJane Petch, Melbourne Water & Friends of Edithvale Wetlands Edithvale
Saturday 15 JanuaryCANCELLED Frogs in the Wild!Kirstin Sennens & Laura Owen, Wildlife UnlimitedBairnsdale
Wednesday 19 JanuaryCANCELLED Wetland WalkJane Petch, Melbourne Water & Friends of Edithvale WetlandsEdithvale
Wednesday 19 JanuaryShoreline SecretsMarg O’Toole, Habitat ConnectionsPort Fairy
Wednesday 19 JanuaryCANCELLED
Hooded Plover Walk
Alison Oates & Phillip Island Nature ParksCape Woolamai
Thursday 20 JanuaryCoastal Dynamics of Inverloch Surf BeachAlison Oates & Dave Sutton Inverloch
Friday 21 JanuaryNocturnal RambleKirstin Sennens & Laura Owen, Wildlife UnlimitedRed Bluff, Lake Tyers
Friday 21 JanuaryWetland WalkCharlotte Williamson, Werribee River AssociationWerribee
Friday 21 JanuaryBeach Discovery WalkMarine and Freshwater Discovery Centre-Victorian Fisheries AuthorityQueenscliff
Saturday 22 JanuaryBreakfast with BirdsKirstin Sennens & Laura Owen, Wildlife UnlimitedLake Tyers


Come and say hi to your friendly regional Coastcare Victoria Facilitator who will each be on hand at a coastal place or regional event. Learn more about what Coastcare Victoria does, the support we provide to volunteers across the state and chat shop. These events have moved online, please register for booking link.

Date & TimeFacilitator & Region
Wednesday 19 January 14:00 – 15:30Tracey Miller-Armstrong, South Gippsland Region
Thursday 20 January 10:00 – 11:00Ellie Morrow, Port Phillip & Westernport Region
Thursday 20 January 14:00 – 15:30Bethany Hunting, East Gippsland Region
Friday 21 January 16:00 – 17:00Adam Taylor, Far Western Region
Monday 24 January 11:00 – 12:00Madi Cassie, Bellarine & Surfcoast Region

LIVE ONLINE EVENTS – accessible listing

Expert volunteers and subject matter specialists will take you on a weekly deep dive along Victoria’s coast with live presentations, giving you a chance to ask your questions!

Register to book (capped number to allow for good viewing speeds) – content will be recorded and available later in our program if you can’t make it at the time (though you’ll miss the Q&As).

Wednesday 5 JanuaryCANCELLED
Eel migration and Sea Country, what it means to us
Dennis Rose and Chris Saunders
Friday 7 JanuaryMarine Megafauna of Melbourne’s Past – part 1Ben Francischelli, Port Phillip Ecocentre
Thursday 13 JanuaryThe Radical Land Megafauna of Melbourne’s Past – part 2Ben Francischelli, Port Phillip Ecocentre
Tuesday 18 JanuaryThe Blue Whale StudyDr Pete Gill, Blue Whale Study Inc.
Wednesday 19 JanuaryFrogs: Their Future, Our FutureChristina Renowden, Leap Into Nature
Friday 21 JanuaryCANCELLED
Great Pelican Count
Deb Sullivan, Birdlife Australia
Tuesday 25 JanuaryNEW DATE: Blue Justice and Seaweed-Sustainability and Indigenous rights in the developing Australasian seaweed industryZoe Brittain


VIDEOS – accessible listing

Come along and learn about a whole host of topics from Marine and Coastal Habitat Ecology to Volunteering for Threatened Flora.

Videos will be presented with captions in English, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, and Vietnamese. With videos highlighted every week, there’s something for everyone!

Beneath the Waves at Ricketts PointJack Breedon, Meet me Underwater
Beach Combing for Plastic – What is it and Where’s it from?Colleen Hughson, First Ladies Productions
Volunteering for Threatened FloraNaomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network
Marine & Coastal Habitat Ecology & InterpretationMike Cleeland, Bunurong Coast Education
Turning the Tide with Marine Mammal ConservationDr Kate Robb and Matt Montemurro, Marine Mammal Foundation
Balcombe Estuary Eel MigrationBalcombe Estuary Reserves Group
Amateur Naturalist Video Challenge Winner


CAMPAIGNS – accessible listing

Amateur Naturalist Challenge – closes 10 January 5 pm

Sand Sculpture Challenge 3 – 25 January

Photo Challenge 3 – 25 January


Safety and Wellbeing during Summer by the Sea 2022

Summer in 2022 looks a bit different. Now more than ever, it’s vital that Victorians keep safe! So when you’re out and about this summer, whether attending an activity or perhaps trying your hand at rockpooling after watching a video, or making a sand sculpture for our challenge, make sure you do it safely!

This means always checking the tides, being aware of your surroundings, making sure you slip, slop and slap, wear appropriate footwear, bring a drink and snacks and always stay up to date with Department of Health guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes the need for physical distancing, personal protective equipment and good hygiene. Attendees at face to face events are required to be double vaccinated and are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask. For up-to-date health information visit

Make sure you’re safe around water while you’re out enjoying our beautiful coast this Summer! Active adult supervision of children is essential to reduce the risk of drowning. For toddlers, this always means having an adult within arm’s reach when they are in or around water. Unexpected changes can trouble even the best swimmers. Know the conditions. Know your limits.

Participants must be conscious of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage while participating in Summer by the Sea activities.

The EPA’s Beach Report is a great place to check the water quality in Port Phillip if you plan to be getting in the water.

Being safe and comfortable at a Summer by the Sea activity

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

Because many activities happen on the beach or other outdoor areas, 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, 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 a disability, please let us know when booking your spot on the activity and we will do our best to try and assist you. Alternatively, email or phone your local Coastcare Facilitator to discuss your requirements and we can work together to make sure you get the most out of Summer by the Sea.

Event Cancellations and Updates





Ticket refunds and emails have been sent to participants that registered.


Ticket refunds and emails have been sent to participants that registered.


Ticket refunds and emails have been sent to participants that registered.


3. FACILITATOR LISTENING POSTS have moved online, please check our program and What’s On for updated dates, times and links to book.


Due to extreme weather forecast for the Inverloch area, the Coastal Dynamics of Inverloch Surf Beach walk scheduled for Friday 7 January has been cancelled. Ticket refunds and emails have been sent to participants that registered.


Due to forecast thunderstorms for the Peterborough area, the Shoreline Secrets walk scheduled for Thursday 6 January has been cancelled. Ticket refunds and emails have been sent to participants that registered.

Thank you and best wishes to our activity providers and participants who support the Summer by the Sea program. Please take care and stay safe.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions at

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 like-minded 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!

To find marine and coastal volunteering opportunities near you visit Coastcare Victoria’s website.

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 and join the growing list of people making a promise to make outdoor events wildlife friendly.