Best known for its brightly-colored bathing boxes, the Dendy Street Beach in Brighton is one of Melbourne’s favorite summer destinations. The stretch of sand curves along the aquamarine bay, with a rainbow of boxes, St Kilda pier and the Melbourne city skyline providing a background of contrasts.
A remnant of Victorian-era morality, the 82 bathing boxes that remain in Brighton are a vivid work of art by each individual owner. Many of the boxes remain in a single family for generations; when one is up for sale, it can fetch millions.
Melbourne might not be a surfer’s destination like Sydney is, but the calm waters are fabulous for those too scared to dip a toe in Bondi. On a hot summer day, I’ll take a session at Brighton Beach any day.