Points of Interest Category: Town Centre & Info
Longitude: 147.187196 Latitude: -38.378866
Metres above Sea Level: 5 m
Area: 50.8 km² Perimeter: 40.0 km
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Nestled behind the sand dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach, Seaspray is a destination for those who love the raw, powerful, untamed beauty of the Australian coastline. Ascending the sand dunes as the warm, clean sands envelope your feet and trickle through your toes, and then, the view of the mighty southern ocean unfolds – the vast sand, surf and ocean as far as the eye can see. It is amazing to comprehend how the vegetation has adapted to the dunes and can withstand the beating sun, the howling winds, the salt spray and the moving sands. It is a sign of how amazing Mother Nature is and how cleverly she can adapt to all conditions and then there is the energy of the waves, moving tons and tons of sand; every hour, of every day . . .
There is something about falling asleep to the sound of the surf pounding the shore . . .
Seaspray is a small seaside township consisting mainly of parks, reserves, sand dunes, beach, surf and the quiet waterways of the Merriman Creek estuary. A town where the General Store provides everything from supplies, to postal services and take-away foods. The Surf Life Saving Club provides patrolled swimming and surf activities during the Summer months. Surf fishing, walking the long stretch of uninterrupted sandy beach, dancing among the waves in the shallows, sun-bathing, building sand castles, are amongst the many activities the beach bestows.
A short stroll westward along the beach reveals the large mouth of Merriman Creek. Parklands, BBQ’s, shelters, picnic tables and toilet facilities make for a perfect family picnic overlooking the tranquility of the waterway with the backdrop of the surf beyond. A boat ramp provides access to the waters of Merriman Creek whilst plus a platform over the creek provides the opportunity to try a spot of fishing.
The sand dunes running the length of the Ninety Mile Beach have many access points to the surf beach at Seaspray, whilst the entire base of the dunes on the town side are grassed and lightly treed public park lands. A couple of streets across reveal more park facilities, amenities, play equipment for the children and memorials to those lost at war.
The memorial gates dedicated to Mr McLachlan’s huge contribution to the town are a reminder of the history and those pioneers who forged to put Seaspray on the map – so to speak . . . Originally named Prospect, the following article “Who Founded Seaspray?“, published on the 3rd March 1921, quoting excerpts of a letter to the editor:
“Sir, – Fifty years ago [c 1871] Mr. W. F. Foster, our then Police Magistrate, the original Mr. Wm. Pearson, of Kilmany, Mr. L[emuel]. Bolden [his brother-in-law], of the Aurora Flour Mills, with their wives and children, and their nurses, and numerous other people, were in the habit of camping for weeks in the summer in tilted wagons, tents, &c., on the beach at Prospect, which has recently been called Seaspray. It was realised from the first that the place would always be a valuable seaside resort in summer, not only for Sale, but for all the surrounding districts; the one great drawback was the difficulty in getting there in the absence of anything like a passable road leading to it. And Mr. [James] McLachlan is fully entitled to the gratitude of the whole community for his unselfishness and untiring exertions for many years in providing a road for the benefit of the public; and if he were presented with a comfortable residence at Seaspray he would not be overpaid for the trouble he has taken for a long time past to provide that place with its first and most essential need. Many old residents were flabbergasted on reading Cr. A. G. Futcher’s letter in Monday’s ‘Times’ [February 28], to find that gentleman claiming to be the founder of Seaspray! He says ‘Twenty years ago, when I founded Seaspray – ‘ Really his modesty is delightful! Cr. A. G. Futcher has always been known to look after No. 1, and he has done very well. But honour to whom honour is due; and old residents know that Seaspray would be what is is today if Cr. A. G. Futcher had never existed. But Seaspray would have been many years behind what it is today if Mr. McLachlan had not given his services without any remuneration. And while some are striving to have a part of Seaspray cut up and sold, which would offer a safe speculation in which to invest their capital, let us at least be fair to Mr. McLachlan, and give him, and not Cr. Futcher, the credit for making Seaspray what it is. – Yours, &c. . . . “
Accommodation in the form of holiday lets and a caravan park are available. For those who enjoy self-contained camping, the dunes along Shoreline Drive – from Seaspray to Golden Beach, provide many designated campgrounds with direct beach access.
Kayak, swim, bike-ride, walk, explore, surf, sun, sand, tennis, picnics, fishing are just a few of the many activities available at Seaspray.
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