THE Summer by the Sea program has been such a success that organisers are looking ahead to next year’s activities.
The program involved more than 300 free events throughout Victoria’s national parks over the summer holiday period.
The warm weather and large number of holiday-makers meant that activities were in full swing along the coast over January.
Activities included rockpool explorations, beach walks, shipwreck tales, junior ranger classes and market stalls.
“It’s been a very successful summer program involving locals and holiday-makers,” said Parks Victoria’s marine ranger Hannah Moloney.
“I’ve been lucky enough to share my passion and enthusiasm for our marine environment with hundreds of participants.”
One of the most popular activities, according to Ms Moloney, was the Rockpool Rambles. “They are like first-hand discovery tours of the marine life that lies just below the water surface. There’s always excitement buzzing at these events from not only children, but adults too,” she said.
Another highlight of the summer program included a re-enactment of the horrific 1878 Loch Ard shipwreck in Port Campbell.
Summer by the Sea is jointly organised by the Department of Environment and Primary Industry, Parks Victoria, and Coastcare.