My friend and I love exploring Melbourne and we recently took a trip out to Brighton Beach to see the lovely old bathing boxes. We were lucky that the clouds started to clear once we got there, it made for a day of lovely photos, mostly of me squinting as I tried to look at the camera.
Bath houses were originally placed on the water's edge so that people could bathe in the water, back in the days you weren't allowed to bathe in the ocean in the open, and men and women were definitely not allowed to do it together. The beach boxes started popping up in the mid 1800s, as lots of fancy big houses were appearing on The Esplanade, back then known as The Terrace. Since then they have been moved, some destroyed and rebuilt, and today there are 82 left. They cannot be altered and do not have any amenities. You can buy one, but it could set you back around $200k.
The weather was a bit on and off that day, but once the clouds cleared it was stunning. I would love to come back in summer and spend my weekends sunbathing in front of them! Ahhhh summer...can you please hurry up and get here?!
I don't think Melbourne is renowned for its beaches (you have to drive a little while to get to some good ones) but I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is my favourite Melbourne beach...fave out of two.
How to get to Brighton Beach
To get to Brighton Beach from the city, take the Sandringham line from Flinders Street to Middle Brighton. Once you're there, just walk west towards the beach, it only takes about 10 minutes. Full info can be found on Wikipedia and Brighton Bathing Box Association Inc.