The popular Summer by the Sea program is now open for bookings with an action-packed program of educational activities along the coast.

Coastcare Victoria, in partnership with Parks Victoria, will deliver the 25th annual Summer by the Sea program which runs through January.  

More than 300 activities will be on offer along Victoria’s coastline during the program which encourages people of all ages to explore our coastal and marine environments.

Activities include lighthouse tours, surfing lessons, bird watching, rockpool rambles and educational sessions at local beaches and venues.

The program combines fun and education through a wide range of activities where participants learn about protecting coastal and marine environments for future generations.

Gippsland

- Come and try fishing – learn the basics at fishing workshops for all the family – Lakes Entrance, Paynesville, Mallacoota and Lake Tyers
- Nocturnal Ramble – possum prowl around Red Bluff near Lake Tyers
- Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding – Lakes Entrance

Geelong and Surf Coast

- Shark Detectives – educational sessions at the Queenscliff Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre
- Split Point Lighthouse tours – covering maritime history and lighthouse operation
- Birdwatching at Limeburners Bay – learn about the unique birdlife at a local wetland

Port Phillip:

- Ocean Invaders – a look into the world of jellyfish at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
- Kororoit Creek by Kayak - Kayak tour on this scenic waterway
- Blairgrowrie Beachside event – activities including a nurdle hunt, sand sculpture, and a marine movie

Far South West:- Tai Chi by the Sea: sessions at Cape Bridgewater, Portland and Port Fairy
- A Crater Full of Wildlife: an informative journey through an extinct volcano at Tower Hill
- Giant Octopuses and Marine Debris: workshops to create a marine life art installation from marine debris at Warrnambool

Following Summer by the Sea 2019, many participants said they were highly likely to take action to improve coastal and marine environments as a result of what they had learnt.

23 per cent expected to change their rubbish-disposal habits, 24 per cent planned to undertake direct action such as volunteer work, and 55 per cent were motivated to share what they had learnt with others.

Bookings for activities can be made at summerbythesea.vic.gov.au from Monday, December 16.

Anyone who has a special need and would require assistance to take part in Summer by the Sea 2020, can contact Coastcare Victoria to discuss how staff can help them participate.

Page last updated: 27/07/20