Unlike more northern parts of Australia, Melbourne isn’t exactly renowned for its beaches. Those who surf tend to head past Geelong and to Torquay, leaving sandy stretches to dog walkers, tiny kids splashing in the frigid water and English tourists grateful for any sun they can find.

Head to Brighton and Dendy Street Beach, however, and you’ll discover a little slice of Melbourne history – 82 brightly painted bathing boxes, many of them dating back more than a century. Originally built to preserve public decency, they’re still owned and used by local families who store beach paraphernalia, including chairs, towels and sunscreen, behind their doors.


Brighton is roughly 15km south of the Melbourne CBD, accessible via train. Head to Bay Street in North Brighton for a selection of cafes and restaurants.


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