Summer by the Sea is over for another year, having attracted nearly 9,000 people to seaside events and experiences along Victoria’s coastline.

180 volunteers helped deliver 330 activities from 2 – 26 January.

Coastcare Victoria Coordinator Evelyn Nicholson said: “This is a fantastic result and shows that Victorians are keen to learn more about the different elements of Victoria’s precious coastline.”

“The environmental program continues to play an important role in developing Victorians’ appreciation for the state’s fragile coastal environments.”  

“This year’s top three crowd favourites were snorkelling sessions on the Bellarine, penguin-watching in St Kilda and dinosaur digs in Gippsland.”

“Two new additions to the program, night time rockpool rambles at Warrnambool and disabled access snorkelling at Beaumaris, were particularly well-received.”

“While daytime rockpool rambles have always been a popular feature of the program, participants at this year’s after-dark sessions saw the rocky shoreline come alive with sea creatures and colour.”

“The disabled access snorkelling at Beaumaris used beach wheel chairs and equipment to help numerous participants experience and explore the ocean for the first time.”  

“We’re hoping to have both activities included again in future programs.”

“A big thankyou to all who hosted, supported and took part in the events, especially all the volunteers that helped make this year’s program such a success.”

“Through sharing their knowledge about Victoria’s special coastal environments, these volunteers help keep environmental protection front-of-mind for us all.”

“While Summer by the Sea is over for another year, I’m sure that the knowledge many participants have taken away from the program will help them care for our coasts well beyond the summer holidays.”

“Looking after our coastal areas is an ongoing job, and I would encourage anyone interested in volunteering to contact Coastcare Victoria to find out more about the volunteer groups and opportunities in their area.”

Coastcare Victoria delivered the Summer by the Sea, with support from land managers, conservation agencies and the Victorian Government.