A two and half hour flight from Brisbane going south lands you in the second most populated city in Australia, Melbourne. Of course we all know that flying is no longer a quick means of travel. By the time you check in, check out, pick this up, put that down, ride this, ride that, the two and half hour trip has lasted almost the entire day. But still, a way better means of traveling, in my opinion, than driving. By the way if you were wondering, it takes 18 hours to drive to Melbourne from Brisbane.
First stop in Melbourne for us is the iconic Brighton Beach. Brighton is known to be the location where the most wealthiest citizens of Melbourne reside and the location of rainbow-colored bathing boxes.
The cute little bathing box originally were used as ladies changing sheds in the 1800s. At the time, bathing in the open, during daylight hours was strictly prohibited, as was mixed bathing: separate sections of the beach were designated for men and for women. The bathing boxes were built off shore and were accessed by a wooden bridge, so that bathers would not have to cross the sand clad only in bathing costumes, but could gain entry straight into the water.
The bathing boxes are made out of timber, weatherboards, and with corrugated iron roofs, there is no electricity or running water, therefor keeping them a part of the city's past. Along with this, those who own the boxes must follow a list of regulations to maintain the heritage of the box. These include not being able to sleep in them or use them for advertising purposes. They are also not to be rented out to others, which means that the bathing boxes stay in the confines of those who purchase them.
Today there are 82 of these colorful timber boxes on Brighton Beach used for storing fishing gear, deck chairs and sheltering from the sun on a scorching day at the beach. Each of the Brighton Beach boxes has its own unique characteristics.
However, despite the lack of amenities, the bathing boxes offer incredible views – an element that attracts visitors from all over the world. The bright line of huts offers an eye-popping contrast to the turquoise waters of the ocean, and the panoramic views out across Port Phillip Bay.
Oh, you say you are interested in owning one of these bathing boxes because you are loving the view and the location? Well there are two prerequisites. One you must be a resident and the next, you must be willing to spend anywhere between $180,000 – $300,000. The most recent sale (2017) of one of these Brighton Beach bathing boxes sold for well over $326,000.
Incidentally, not every one uses these bathing boxes for storage only, some actually do decorate the inside and use it as a place to entertain. Go here to see inside.