Brighton Beach Boxes is an iconic Melbourne destination.
If you are planning a do it yourself visit like I do, the easiest way is to take the train from Flinders Street Station to Middle Brighton Station on the Sandringham Line. From there, it will be an easy few minute walk to the beach area, passing by the town shopping lane and neighborhood of really beautiful houses. A downloaded maps from maps.me will come handy to figure out the fastest way to reach the beach area.
Also known as Dendy Street Beach Boxes, these are some of Melbourne’s oldest and original structures with ownership handed down from generations.
There are around 82 multi-colored and uniquely decorated beach huts that are lining the foreshore of Brighton Beach. The most popular bathing box is the one with the Australian Flag, here is where tourist queue for photos.
The bathing box is just a wooden box, there is no running water, there is no electricity. Owners are not allowed to live on them or rent them out. I can only assume that the families who owns one are on the wealthy end, the ownership of a bathing box comes with a steep price, they are not only not paying for the box, but they are paying for the view as well.
Back in the days, the bathing boxes were built as a place for swimmers, particularly for women, to offer some privacy when changing swimwear. Nowadays, they are mainly used by owners as a place to relax beach side and maybe for some owners to store fishing gears and picnics stuff.
Most of the bathing boxes were closed when I visited, except for one box occupied by a novelist whom I chatted for a while, mostly about his published work display on sale and how inspiring it is to write stories with the view of endless blue skies and rolling waves in front of him.