Traveling Down Under- Day 1, Melbourne-Brighton Beach

by Camellia Staab November. 22, 2019 305 views

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.

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 4 weeks ago

After seeing the price I'm no longer interested, thank you 😀 Love the pictures of this beautiful place

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Buh humbug! I was going to buy you one for Christmas, now that you aren't interested, I won't 😉😁

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Russell Smith 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Good grief those are a bit pricey . I love looking at shots of them :)

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Never even occurred to me that they would be so expensive. I don't have to worry though, since I can't afford them. For that much money I'd buy a place where I can actually reside, but then again one must realize that if the bathing boxes cost that much, houses/condos in that area must be twice as much.

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Lynn F Medley 2 months ago

I learn so much from your blog 🙂 beautiful images especially the bathing houses , you gong to purchase one? 😄

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 month, 4 weeks ago

When I find that perfect "sugar daddy, I am going to ask him to buy me and you one :😂😂

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Lynn F Medley Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 4 weeks ago

🤣👍

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Benny Law 2 months ago

Over $326K for one of these boxes?! (Jaw dropped...) The Aussies are richer than I thought.smile Great photos as always.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 2 months ago

I know Benny, my jaw dropped as well. If you look at the link I posted you will see that the people who buy these boxes are truly over the top smile

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Sherry Hill 2 months ago

All are cool but the colours in #19 are so moody.. beautiful..

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sherry Hill 2 months ago

I agree the moodiness is what grabbed my attention.

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Buster Bruce 2 months ago

So beautiful. I will stick with my little beach house in Florida vs the bath box- LOL smile  So interesting Camellia... following with interest

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Camellia Staab Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months ago

So now you spiked my interest....what part of Florida?

We've been traveling to Florida...forever. My mother lives in Tampa, and my daughter in Vero beach. Eventually, we will end up somewhere in between. Every year, especially within the last few years, my husband and I find a new location in FL. to check out and see if it's a fit....hence the question smile

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Buster Bruce Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

We love the island strip south of Daytona/Port Orange near the Ponce Inlet. We found a nice beach front, small, but cozy. When I quit work in a few years thats where we are headed. Love Texas but no ocean!  We might be neighbors one day! Hooray!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months ago

Daytona area, was last year's trip   https://www.photoblog.com/camellia/2018/11/04/sunshine-state/. And the area did have some potential smile 
Funny enough my sister lives in Huston, but just like you, while the weather is much warmer there than here in Illinois, there is no ocean, therefor it loses its chance of become my next home grinning

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Buster Bruce Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

There are many wonderful beaches in FL. Not may are affordable however. I found that the area I mentioned is attractive and very affordable. I will check out your previous blog. Until then keep shooting up the Aussie landscape!

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