Beaches of the Victorian Coast and Port Phillip Bay

Andrew D. Short

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Format: paperback
Edition: First published in 1996 by Sydney University Press
310 pages
ISBN: 9780958650403

Publication: 18 May 2006

Publisher: Sydney University Press

Beaches of the Victorian Coast and Port Phillip Bay provides the first description of all Victorian ocean and Port Phillip Bay beaches. It is based on the results of the Victorian section of the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program.

This book has two aims. First, to provide the public with general information on the origin and nature of all Victoria’s beaches, including the contribution of geology, oceanography, climate and biota to the beaches, and information on beach hazards and safety. Second, to provide a description of each beach, including its name(s), location, access, facilities, dimensions and the character of the beach and surf zone.

The book comments on the suitability of the beach for bathing, surfing and fishing, with special emphasis on the natural hazards. Based on the physical hazards, all beaches are rated in terms of public safety and scaled from 1 (least hazardous) to 10 (most hazardous).

Andrew Short is director of the Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney.


  1. Introduction
  2. The coastal environment
  3. Beaches
  4. Victorian beach usage and hazards
  5. Victorian beaches

References and further reading
General index
Beach index
Surf index

‘The seven books in the series sponsored by the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program (ABSMP) constitute the single most comprehensive beach database in the world ... It is rare to find a treasure of scientific and technical information that is available and comprehensible to scientists and lay persons alike ... It is thus without reservation that I recommend all books in the Beaches of Australia series'
Charles W. Finkl   Journal of Coastal Research

Format: paperback
Size: 297 × 210 × 15 mm
310 pages
148 b&w illustrations and 16 b&w tables
ISBN: 9780958650403
Publication: 18 May 2006