Home to a beautiful sandy beach and much more.
Relax and unwind in Sandy Point, South Gippsland.
The long, sweeping beaches surrounding Sandy Point have to be some of the best in Victoria. Grab a towel, and relax on the scarcely populated coastline offers views stretching all the way to Wilsons Promontory. Over summer, the beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers and entertainment is regularly provided at the Waratah Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
The Shallow Inlet area over the other side of Sandy Point, is renowned for its kite and windsurfing and other water based activities. Drive out on to the beach to launch. The area is also popular with families with young children thanks to its shallow and gently lapping waters.
Sandy Point has a general store and additional shopping options are available nearby in Fish Creek and Foster.
Sandy Point is located approximately 200 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, just 2.5 hours travel along the South Gippsland Highway via Fish Creek, turning off at Meeniyan.
– The Bratowooloong people of the Gunai nation lived in the area before European settlement.
– The first Europeans to visit the area were three shipwrecked sailors in 1797. Irish convicts escaped south from Sydney and landed on Seal Island where several men were stranded and found by George Bass who put them ashore near Shallow Inlet to walk back to Sydney. No more was ever heard of them.
– Sealers and whalers visited the area in the first half of the nineteenth century. However, it wasn’t until the 1860s that the area was settled by cattle farmers.
– The arrival of the Gippsland Railway improved the viability of local farms and made dairy farming in the area.
– The Post Office opened on 2 September 1926, and was closed in 1994.
– The development of the town as a tourist location started in earnest in the 1960s but has been restricted by its natural heritage values.
– Sandy Point has always been an interesting place. It has known roughly four periods of human activity, each quite different from the other but contributing to the storied landscape that beguiles us still today:
Prehistory and Aborigines up until 1820s
The Sealers and Graziers 1820s to 1900s
The Pilkingtons as farmers 1900s to present
The Holiday Homes 1960s to present.
*History was taken from Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia and Sandy Point History at http://home.vicnet.net.au
Sandy Point General Store, 107 Beach Parade
Including ATM, post office, bottle shop, fuel, hire of boats
Quick facts about Sandy Point
– Permanent population approximately 300
– Location 201 kilometres south-east of Melbourne
Activities and attractions
– Enjoy world class windsurfing
– Studio RE – Massage + Movement
– Swim, surf or fish off the beautiful shallow sandy shores
– Explore the beautiful coastline with a coastal walk
– Enjoy a range of water activities in the sheltered waters of nearby Shallow Inlet
– Waratah Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Beach patrolled over summer period and weekends until Easter
– Beach wheelchair for use on main beach, free of charge phone Doug Brown on 0412 782 146 for more information or to make a booking
– Toilets, showers, BBQs, picnic tables
Major Events in Sandy Point
Sandy Point Art Show (April)
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