I can’t wait for Summer! What can I say, its my favourite time of year – the warm weather, sunny days… perfect for a beach picnic or an impromptu swim or surf. We love getting on our bikes and exploring as many of the plentiful beaches Australia has to offer. But since we’re coming out the other side of Winter and heading into Spring, (& we can almost feel Summer), I thought I’d list a few fun things to do at the beach to get you in the mood.
First, a cool app:
At most Aussie beaches, you will find volunteer Surf Life Savers or paid lifeguards patrolling the beach but every year, almost 100 people drown at our beaches because people swim outside of the red and yellow flags.
There are more than 10,000 BEACHES on the coast of Australia and not all of them can be patrolled so if you’re planning on getting wet, and you don’t know where your nearest patrolled beach is, find it at this site: http://sls.com.au//find-beach
or download this pretty cool little beachsafe app from the itunes store that helps you locate safe beaches to swim at. Check it out beachsafe app
So, you’ve decided you’re going to the beach?
What will you need? What will you do?
These are burning questions that maybe you ask yourself or a five year old asks out loud. Well, here’s a list of our top 10 most fun activities to do at the beach…(and I’m a big KID at heart?)
Before you go anywhere, make sure you have everything packed in an Extra Large Beach Bag
- If you are taking the kids there are some essential beach implements such as a bucket and spade as a minimum for this day’s outing so a big bag is going to be a Godsend. You will probably have swimming costumes, towels, snacks, drinks, hats, sunscreen, you name it, it’s gotta go in your bag. I like beach bags that have pockets and a waterproof inner lining so wet sandy towels are fine to throw in at the end of the day and the easy reach pockets are great for all your personal items that you can access in a jiffy.
#1 Slip Slop Slap With A Difference. You’ve got to protect your skin, but why not make it fun for the kids and give them some coloured zinc that they can ‘paint’ their faces with like Indian chiefs or write a message on each other’s back or limbs. There’s even coloured foaming sunscreen these days if your 8 year old refuses to sit still and get lathered up! Make it something they’ll enjoy so they’re more likely to relate a positive message like slip, slop,slap with a positive experience.
#2 Set Up Your Chillout Zone with a beach shade & folding chair. Yep I said it, fold out chair. You have to be a certain age to value this little gem considering the effort it takes to carry it along with everything else but well worth it to avoid the wrist pain that comes with leaning back on your hands for more than 5 minutes. Sitting back and enjoying the view of the ocean & just watching all the goings on is still one of my most favourite things to do at the beach.
#3 Build Sand Castles/sculptures. You’ve heard of ‘Sculptures By The Sea’? Why not bring out the creative side in you by building a sandcastle or sculpture, this is a great activity to do with kids (of all ages) while at the beach. Experiment on your designs. Try making a shark, crocodile or mermaid. Pop a real person out the top! Take photos. You’ll want to remember all the fun you had.
#4 Get Wet. There’s a rule about going to the beach – You Can’t Go To The Beach And Not Get Wet. Beaches are beautifully designed for our bathing pleasure. Go for a swim, frolic, body surf, or wade up to your knees. Whatever you do, go in! In Australia, Red and Yellow flags show patrolled areas, so swim there if possible. Rips can be deadly, especially for those who are inexperienced or poor swimmers.
#5 Grab a Surfboard, Body Board or SUP You can safely ride a body board (or as my Mum calls it – a boogie board) in between the flags so its best for kiddies, but if you’re into something a little more skillful or adventurous, hire, borrow or buy a surfboard or SUP (stand up paddle board) and ride the waves. I bet you’ll get hooked!
#6 Write Messages in the sand Draw a picture or write a message. They look great in photographs. Then you can put them on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and upload them on other social media sites and tag your friends. Or have them printed and place it in a picture frame for lasting memories.
#7 Have a Picnic or BBQ The beach is the best place to have a picnic or a barbie. Most councils even provide free electric BBQs for the public to use. Not only can you enjoy the outdoors and eat yummy food but there’s no washing up to do! If there are a lot of people, joining the picnic maybe pop up a marquee for more shade. Bring a picnic blanket or folding chairs and cushions to make it more comfy. Don’t forget your esky! Cheers!
#8 Look For Shells Strolling in the beach and looking for unique shells is also be a great activity. You can take them home and make things or display them in glass jar.
#9 Play Games Everyone loves beach games like: beach cricket, beach volleyball, Frisbee, flying kites and even beach bat and ball – the latest craze! frescobol
#10 Watch the Sunset One of the most popular things to do at the end of the day is watching the sunset. Who doesn’t love to watch a sunset?
Enjoy and have fun!