One of the reasons why I wanted to move to Melbourne was to be close to the seaside again. While in dear Switzerland, mountains of all shapes and sizes are the all the rage and they get hiked up, climbed and skied on in the absence of interesting things to do in the city (joking!), these ancient, giant lumps of rock just aren’t my thing.
I am an island girl after all.
So on a particularly beautiful and warm winter’s day here in Melbourne, I headed, in particularly cheap and inadequate plastic boots, for a walk along Brighton beach, where I soon discovered that I could keep walking, and walking, and walking along the coast all the way up to St. Kilda. Two hours later when I finally got to where I could catch a tram back home, the soles of my feet had been practically peeled off by my cheap boots.
At least, when I look at the photos below (I’m sorry, I am obsessed with these gorgeous little bathing boxes) I know it was all worth it.
These colourful Victorian bathing boxes make Brighton beach truly special, as if the clear ocean and the deep blue sky which seems to melt into the water weren’t enough. Currently licensees have been allowed to turn their boxes into works of art, though the boxes don’t have water or electricity facilities.
Want one? Be prepared to pay around 200,000 Australian dollars, if not more, and then you still have to rent the land it’s on for around 500 dollars per year.
If you are thinking about visiting, check out the Quickbeds website for cheap Melbourne accommodation deals.
-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com. All rights reserved.