Wild weather a cause for event cancellations

Sometimes the best laid plans can be foiled by wild weather, especially during a Victorian summer.  Disappointing as this may be, the safety and comfort of participants, staff and volunteers will always be our number one priority.

During Summer by the Sea we might encounter a number of weather scenarios which cause us to consider cancelling activities including extreme heat, bushfire danger, storms and poor water quality.  When these weather events arise, we work with emergency services experts in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and with our local activity providers to gather local knowledge, conduct risk analysis and decide if activities should proceed or be cancelled.

In the event that activities are cancelled we will inform people who were booked as soon as possible, and change the activity to “Cancelled” status on the website.  In many instances we will be able to reschedule the activity for a different date, and will offer places to those who were booked in the original activity, plus post the new activity on the website if places are still available.

If activities do go ahead on hot days, please make your own decision as to whether you should attend (especially if you are with very young, elderly or otherwise vulnerable people).  Ensure you drink plenty of fluids, be sunsmart and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and patience when we have wild weather!  We are committed to running a great summer program while ensuring everyone stays safe and comfortable.

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 the many 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, 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 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, phone Coastcare to discuss your requirements and we can work together to find the most suitable activities.

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.

Check the ‘What’s On’ page to book your spot at one of our digs.

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.