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Information on all things Berwick - Schools, Facilities, Housing, Etc

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Please remember this is only my personal findings and opinions - hopefully others will add theres also.

Schools

There are 4 State Secondary Schools in Berwick. Berwick Secondary, Kambrya Secondary College, Timbarra P-9 and Nossal High School.

Berwick Secondary College does have a very strict intake zone, especially for the new intake into Yr 7. My 2 daughters joined when we arrived in Berwick and went into Yr 10 and Yr 8. We don't live in the catchment zone and applied to the school before we had a property because we were really struggling to find a rental in the right area but because we were coming from out of the area and not at a natural joining point we were able to make the application and luckily for us they were very happy with the girls folders with previous school reports and references etc. I do know however that there have been instances of people living just on the South side of Princes Highway who haven't been able to get in for Yr 7.

Kambrya Secondary is located on Bermsyde Drive, not far from Clyde Rd and is the nearest school for houses near O'Shea Rd and in the Chase & Eden Rise Estates. It had some rough press for a fair few years but I know a few people who have children attend and they are happy with the school. One of the biggest problems I think it recently had to overcome was staff turnaround as lots of staff were being poached. That combined with it being a relatively young school, probably put off a lot of people who expectedly want the best option possible for their children.

Timbarra P-9 School is located down Parkhill Drive, just off the Princes Highway at the Narre Waren end of Berwick. This is one of the few new schools across Melbourne which is operating as an extended education establishment, pupils can stay at the one school from Prep up till Yr 9. They can then move to one of the other secondary schools for Yr 10 onwards. I believe the system is still only a few years old at this school but I know lots of families who have children in the younger years at the school who love it.

Nossal High School is a Select Entry school located just off Clyde Rd in the Monash Uni Campus. Again its only 3-4 years old and to be honest I know no one locally who attends the school and I believe most of them bus in from all over the city. My daughter travels to her cheer training 2 days a week after school and it is over 45km away and she has pupils from Nossal that get on her train and subsequent buses and are still on when she gets off.

You also have a host of Private and Religious Secondary options - Beaconhills, Haileybury, St Francis Xavier, St Margarets and Berwick Grammar and more. I cant help with much more on these. Also there are then a range of schools that cover the Narre Warrn area also.

 

In terms of Primary schools (again State education), my youngest is starting in Jan/Feb. We live on the Chase Estate and we considered Berwick Chase Primary, Berwick Fields Primary, Berwick Primary and Beaconsfield Primary. For us we found that the 1st 3 were just too big and the current intake was just daunting. There is also Berwick Lodge but we didnt look at that one purely because of location from us. We were very impressed with Berwick Primary and all the facilities and what it had to offer but the average intake for Prep is 8-10 classes of 19-20 pupils and I just personally didn't want my son to be one of 200 new faces. Beaconsfield Primary, which actually comes under a different local council, happily take pupils from Berwick and currently doesn't have a catchment zone. Of all the schools we looked at it definately came across as "older" style than the others but had a very friendly, family like feel to it. There is also a much smaller intake for them also and they usually only have 3 classes of up to 20 pupils per intake.

Again in terms of Private and religious Schools you have the options I mentioned before.

 

To enrol at a school, you deal entirely with the school and not a central office. Most schools will offer you and tour around (both for Prep enrolment or joining mid year) and I find when you go on these you get a pretty good feel for the school. A few of the schools in Berwick have been known to tell parents that they wont allow you to look round until you are living in their zone.

 

Fees for schools are obviously based on the school and then the Year. In Primary it is pretty much a similar cost for Prep to Yr 6. In this area you are looking at $200-400 and then you need to consider that there is Equipment list for pens, pencils, etc that you need to buy and supply to the school. When you get to Secondary school then the fees do go up per year - Yr 7/8 I know we paid about $300 and then I was about $400 for Textbooks and Stationary/Equipment. When they get to Yr 9 and upwards and have an input in subject choice and electives some of these carry surcharges for specific equipment etc and this year we had subjects that individually cost nothing extra, $40 for the term, or even $190 for the year. This is on top of the standard fees of about $300 and then again Textbooks/Stationary/Equipment. My oldest is doing a VCE subject a year early and the Examination cost for that 1 subject was $60 if I remember correctly. Her current Yr 10 subjects, Textbooks/Stationary/Equipment cost me about $1200 for the year.

Uniform tends to be available from the school only and most pupils wear the official school uniform. It is quite pricey and I do know of a few people who have said that their children have been ostracised by peers for wearing generic items. The schools usually have 2nd hand uniform for sale and you can find it available on local buy/sell FB pages too. Schools do have Summer/Winter & Sports Uniforms - we paid $70 for school summers dress and $50 for school jumper, Sports top and Shorts cost about $60 and then the Winter skirt was $65 and Polo shirts were $15. There are specific shoes that many schools insist on the pupils wearing and you can expect to pay upwards of $100 for these but in fairness both my girls have had theirs a year now and they are still in one piece (I normally had to buy shoes every half term0

 

Kindergarten is widely available in Casey (the area that Berwick is in) and applications for this is made via a central office at the Council. http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/kindergarten/ gives you all the information on fees and process, and lists of the local Kinders, etc.

I looked at a few in Berwick and then put in an application with 3 choices on it and then got notification a few weeks later of my allocation. With 4yr old Kinder, they get 15 hours a week, normally over 3-4 days. My son goes to Gwendoline Kinder and he gets 3 hours on a Monday afternoon and then 6 hours on a Wed and Fri. I have friends who go to different ones and some are 2 mornings and 2 afternoons etc.

 

Just remember that schools do change and have peaks and troughs like everything else in life. Also each child is different and what suits one will be very wrong for another.

Hopefully when you arrive you will be able to get a feel for the schools for yourself and see which works best for your children.

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Commute

 

Berwick is very well situated for both Road and Rail networks.

 

Depending on which part of Berwick you live,you should be within a 5-10 minute car/10-15 minute cycle commute to either Berwick or Beaconsfield Train Station. Some people may even find that Narre Warren station is easy for them.

The train running into the city is pretty regular (every 20 mins most of the day) and is covered by the Pakenham Line - http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/11 - will show you a list of the served stations and the journey time. The stations have plenty of car park spaces (FREE) and are well served by local buses.

My husband commutes by train & cycle. He normally is door to door in about 75-80mins. He cycles from home to Beaconsfield Station (for us its closer and quieter), jumps on train to South Yarra and then cycles again from there to his work in near Clarendon St. In our 9 months here, I have only had to "rescue" him once due to problems on the line. He leaves home at 7.30am and is home about 7.30pm.

 

Travelling by road and times taken is really dependent on the time of day. The Monash, is very very busy and does have regular problems. In the morning city bound you can be looking at a busy road from 6.30/7am and coming back to Berwick after 3.00 you can expect to hit the traffic starting to mount up and most days you can pretty much crawl along from Stud Rd to Berwick, that stretch should be a 9min journey when traffic is clear but Ive seen it regularly take me a good half hour. When I drive from Berwick to Clarendon St it usually takes me 40-50 mins but that is out of peak hours. Alternatively you can use the Princes Highway but obviously you can expect more local traffic, slower speeds, lights, etc.

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Amenities

Medical/Dental - Berwick is home to Casey Hospital and Casey Superclinic as well as an abundance of GP, Dental & Therapist clinics. The Private St John of God Hospital is also found in Berwick.

 

Sport & Leisure - There are 2 large Aquatic Leisure Complexes local to Berwick at Casey Arc and Casey Race. Berwick is also home (and close) to many playgrounds, skate parks, sports grounds http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/sportleisureparks/ . In addition to this you will find a huge variety of independent clubs offering dance, drama, gymnastics, football, golf, basketball, horse riding, martial arts. There is a large Village cinema at Fountaingate Shopping Mall and Lunar Drive-In at Dandenong. Bowling Alleys can be found at Cranbourne and Narre Warren

 

Shopping/Cafe/Dining - Westfield Shopping Mall at Fountaingate, Narre Warren which is 10 mins away as well as Pakenham and Cranbourne being within easy reach for shopping also. There are 3 large shopping precincts offering Supermarkets, Bakers, Grocers, Florists, Butchers, Cafes, Newsagents, Hairdressers/Beauty, Take Away at Eden Rise (Clyde Rd/O'Shea Rd), Beaconsfield Village (Old Princes Highway/Beaconsfield-Emerald Rd) and Parkhill Plaza (Parkhill Dr/Ernst Wanke Rd). Berwick High St also homes a variety of independent and chain shops and eateries covering fashion, chemists, butchers, real estate etc. Lots of little Cafes/Coffee houses line the High St as well as the heritage listed Berwick Inn.

 

Community - Berwick has a few Neighbourhood Houses which are similar to community centres. These are fabulous for helping to integrate with the local community as well as offering the opportunity to learn new skills, have fun, socialise. They frequently run fitness classes, support groups, playgroups, education classes etc. http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/communitycentres/

 

Housing - Berwick has a very mixed bag of Old and New properties. South of the Princes Highway/High St you are more likely to find the new builds in particular the Eden Rise & Chase Estates. All along Clyde Road from after O'Shea Road is being rapidly built upon and same for up along Soldiers Rd and Grices Rd, pushing the Berwick boundary further and further.

North of the Highway and you are more likely to find your more established streets and properties (these do come at a premium cost wise too). In terms of rental costs, you can easily get a decent 3 bedroom house in Berwick for $350-400 per week. Buying in Berwick, for a 3/4 bedroom home you are going to want to be looking at bottom end $375-400K and upwards.

 

Mothers of Casey (Council Handbook) - http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/doclib/document21May2012-135340.pdf?saveAs=Mothers_of_Casey_Handbook_v21May12.pdf

 

We were originally attract to the "feel" of Berwick, with the High St, mix of old and new, good schools, decent enough commute in our eyes, plenty of community activities and facilities. Additionally, bang in the middle of the beach and the mountains. We spend many weekends enjoying a day at the beach followed by a day up Mt Dandenong as each is only 30 mins or less away. Jump in the car a bit longer but still under an hour and we can be at the ocean or further down the bay at Mornington.

Negative points, for us, of the area is that it really is expanding at an astonishing rate, with lots of new houses going up. Schools, medical facilities and recreation do seem to be appearing along with these though so thats a good thing but the actual infrastructure will need looking at soon enough to cope with it as that will be the biggest problem.

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Excellent Lou, I struggled to get past the primary with 8-10 classes per year group, that is huge!!

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this is excellent information :notworthy: i keep referring to it all the time! we are thinking of Berwick as a place to bring up the family, we had loved point cook and Sanctuary lakes but we have to be on the east side for husbands work (we had thought it wouldnt make a difference where we were based as he works offshore but he needs to go to Sale once a week or so) cant wait to get over!

 

Tara

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Tara the East has many wonderful suburbs to choose from. The further out you go then the more you are going to get for your money property wise.

I think Berwick is a great place to bring up a family as it has lots going on and its close to the beach, city and countryside.

I would say the Berwick to Sale is probably about a 2 hour drive along the M1/A1. There are a few "bigger" settlements along the route - Pakenham, Drouin (lots of new builds and really being plugged as an up and coming place to be for Melbourne commute suburb), Warragul, Moe, Traralgon. Personally I wouldn't want to live any further out than where I am but Im a city girl at heart.

There is a V-Line train that goes from the city out to many of these places - have a look at the Gippsland Line - http://www.vline.com.au/timetables/timetables/train.html

L x

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Suburbs within a 20mile radius of Berwick include but are not limited to:

Beaconsfield

Emerald

Beaumaris

Heathmont

Belgrave

Ferntree Gully

Box Hill

Mentone

Clyde

Lynbrook

Chelsea

Mordialloc

Cranbourne

Narre Warren

Frankston

Mt Eliza

Dandenong

Officer

Glen Waverley

Sandringham

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Berwick Secondary has always been known as the best government school in the area but like Loogie says because of this they are quite tight on their zoning. If you live in Olde Berwick you should be just fine, the zoning info is below.

 

Neighbourhood zones have been set up in the Berwick area to support students and their families by providing guaranteed access to their local government school. Students retain the right to apply for admission to any other government school. Berwick Secondary College will consider all applications.

For clarification of the school’s zone please refer to the following Melways references:

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Out of Zone Applications

Along with any application from the Primary School, parents must attach a letter supporting their application for ‘out of zone’ enrolment, stating specific reasons that detail as to why the student should be enrolled at Berwick Secondary College, e.g. curriculum, social, emotional considerations.

High Achiever Program applications for 2014 may be limited to students in the Berwick Secondary College zone (alterations to the current zone are still to be determined).

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An idea on what you can rent for your money. Please note most of the new builds are not in the Berwick Secondary Zoning. Ok the first one will be out of most of our price ranges but we can dream ;)

 

$1200 per week

You will be instantly impressed by this unique home in one of Berwick's most prestigious locations. Architecturally designed this double storey home will take your breath away.

From the sweeping stair case at the entrance of the home, the lower level consists of two large living areas, kitchen with butler's pantry, Caesar stone benches and European stainless steel appliances. There is a guest bedroom downstairs with full ensuite. Upstairs there is a further 3 large bedrooms including a master with full ensuite and another main bathroom.

There is a theatre room, and balconies to fully enjoy those wonderful views across Melbourne South East even through to the bay and beyond.

Outdoors there is plenty of room to move with private alfresco area and the magnificent pool/spa with cabana area.

With fully automatic

hydronic heating, evaporative cooling upstairs, water tanks, and plenty of garage space. You will be the envy of all friends in this truly unique home call for your private inspection.

 

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$500 per week

 

Located in the popular Chase Estate Berwick and built to the highest standards, this home boasts 4 separate living areas, spacious robed bedrooms & a study perfect as a home office.

 

With luxuries such as granite, ducted heating, cooling, fully landscaped gardens, alarm & so much more, you can simply move in and enjoy the lifestyle of the rich and famous!

 

Located within close proximity to public and private schools, Eden Rise shopping centre, public transport and other facilities, this home wont last long.

 

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$390 per week and pet friendly

 

Neat and tidy 4 bedroom home ideally located in a quiet court within a short walk to Berwick Fields Primary School. Features include walk in robe and ensuite to master bedroom, built in robes to secondary bedrooms, L-shaped lounge and dining, large open plan family room, spacious kitchen with new dishwasher oven and cook top, ducted heating, split system airconditioner, double carport, pergola, garden shed, and a large backyard perfect for the kids to play. Close to Freeway Access, Public Transport, Eden Rise Shopping Centre and Berwick Central.

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I am going to stick this thread for a while, if anyone else would like to do one based on their suburb please feel free as it is a huge help to new arrivals.

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Hi - does anyone know what the internet access is like round Berwick? Is it hit and miss or pretty widespread connected?

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Out of zone applications: Along with any application from the Primary School, parents must attach a letter supporting their application for ‘out of zone’ enrolment, stating specific reasons that detail as to why the student should be enrolled at Berwick Secondary College, e.g. curriculum, social, emotional considerations.

 

Brilliant posts Lou and really spot-on from what I know of the area from our friends who lived there. Their girls went to StMargarets and were very happy with it but it cost an arm and a leg paid for by her very wealthy mum and stepfather...

 

PLEASE be careful about out of neighbourhood applications tho. Having been the senior teacher who used to process these at a highly oversubscribed secondary college with my Assistant Principal colleagues, I can say 9/10 social and emotional reasons do NOT generally work. If we saw reasons such as: family issues, ease of transport, friends going too it NEVER carried the weight of curricular reasons. Applications often sadly just got binned. When you have spaces for 250 and have 350 applications, buses and best buddies and a sick stepdad don't cut it. Its harsh but thats how many many schools operate.

 

Parents need to thoroughly research the curriculum a school offers at local schools including up to yrs 11/12 subject electives and show that the out of zone school offers a curriculum/extra curricular package that your neighbourhood school DOESNT. Eg your child wants a vibrant music programme, has been in orchestra playing flute for 4yrs and xyz school offers a broader music programme with opportunities over and above the local school. And then give examples why. OR subject offerings at VCE in Drama/ICT are better because.....

Get letters of recommendation from scouts, brownies, church choir, swimming coach etc etc and a damn good school report if that is THE school you want. Sorry but its very cutthroat getting into good state schools that are oversubscribed. They want your child to bring the school something the other applicants cant.

 

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Hi - does anyone know what the internet access is like round Berwick? Is it hit and miss or pretty widespread connected?

 

HI JD

For us, we have better internet than we have ever had in the UK or when we lived in Glen Waverley. We are on one of the newer estates as well. I know at least 5 people spread across Berwick who work from home and are internet based.

What I have heard more commonly is problems with phone reception. We (4 different mobiles in my house) havent had too many problems. The master bedroom is a bit iffy with reception and then I can never get any reception in the local Coles. We have friends in Clyde and Pakenham and in their houses I never get reception and only other place I recall being a problem was once up Mt Dandenong lol!

We are with TPG for mobile and internet.

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Thanks for that info. We will definitely put Berwick on our viewing list for when we get over. I'm less worried about mobile coverage than internet, as long as it's not impossible totally! How long does it take to get to your nearest decent beach?

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Thanks for that info. We will definitely put Berwick on our viewing list for when we get over. I'm less worried about mobile coverage than internet, as long as it's not impossible totally! How long does it take to get to your nearest decent beach?

Nearest beach is probably Carrum/Seaford/Bonbeach and it takes about 30 minutes to drive there. We tend to go to various beaches though and last summer we switched between those on the Bayside from Edithvale down to Seaford and then Mornington - Rye further down the Penninsula which is about 45-60mins drive. We also enjoy travelling down to the ocean side and there are some amazing beaches along at say Inverloch which is about 1hr 20min.

Just depends what you are looking for.

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Suburbs within a 20mile radius of Berwick include but are not limited to:

Beaconsfield

Emerald

Beaumaris

Heathmont

Belgrave

Ferntree Gully

Box Hill

Mentone

Clyde

Lynbrook

Chelsea

Mordialloc

Cranbourne

Narre Warren

Frankston

Mt Eliza

Dandenong

Officer

Glen Waverley

Sandringham

 

 

But, but what about Somerville?:jiggy:

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Vermont is lovely too Celt! Yep you're spoilt for choice with lovely suburbs in east. We LOVE it over here. Its a little bit more established and older but I think that gives the area character. Theres lots of new property going up too.

 

Loogie I really agree about the beaches. There are so many to choose from over East. A quick 20 mins from us is Chelsea and Carrum too (I wont go to beaches without nearby loos!!!) We love Dromana too and/or Safety Beach. Love the shops and cafés in Dromana so its worth a bit longer in the car (60mins) for a fab day out. Its not as long in the car as say London to Brighton and the beach is fab and parking cheaper and easier!!!

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We are only 10 minutes from Mornington, and about 15 minutes from Balnarring on Westernport Bay. If you get to Balnarring Beach, there is a caff there, that makes a beaut cappuchino. You can also buy meals, and not too bad a choice and the prices are lower than caffs on the Port Philip side of the peninsula. I must get down there for walk before our next trip away. It is so relaxing.

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Morning everyone, liking the weather.

 

CDU don't give our secrets away about Balnarring, it was voted best beach last year. :wink: Westernport beaches are lovely. Point Leo is good for body surfing and a popular beach with the young.

 

We used to go down to Balnarring early in the morning when the horses were just finishing their swims. Its a favourite with the horse racing stud fraternity.

 

My son's friend has a bathing box at Chelsea so he goes there sometimes but he told me he no longer likes it there. Its got rougher due to the hoards coming down to the beach these days easier access.

 

Its a shame as we lived in Edithvale for 11 years and the beaches were great then.

 

I am going to get rid of my ride on and get another one, its a husqvarna and it drops the belt at the drop of a hat and drives me insane, I cannot get it on and my oh used to have great difficulty. So its got to be a good one with a belt that is easy to put back on and one that is not temperamental. Hastings Mowers coming to collect today and service and replace the belt. Told them I am sick of the thing, we bought it from them.

 

Off out with my friend this morning. Paper seems to be missing this morning, either has not been delivered or someone has picked it up.

 

Hope everyone has a lovely day, another warmish one.

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Morning everyone, liking the weather.

 

CDU don't give our secrets away about Balnarring, it was voted best beach last year. :wink: Westernport beaches are lovely. Point Leo is good for body surfing and a popular beach with the young.

 

We used to go down to Balnarring early in the morning when the horses were just finishing their swims. Its a favourite with the horse racing stud fraternity.

 

My son's friend has a bathing box at Chelsea so he goes there sometimes but he told me he no longer likes it there. Its got rougher due to the hoards coming down to the beach these days easier access.

 

Its a shame as we lived in Edithvale for 11 years and the beaches were great then.

 

I am going to get rid of my ride on and get another one, its a husqvarna and it drops the belt at the drop of a hat and drives me insane, I cannot get it on and my oh used to have great difficulty. So its got to be a good one with a belt that is easy to put back on and one that is not temperamental. Hastings Mowers coming to collect today and service and replace the belt. Told them I am sick of the thing, we bought it from them.

 

Off out with my friend this morning. Paper seems to be missing this morning, either has not been delivered or someone has picked it up.

 

Hope everyone has a lovely day, another warmish one.

 

Sorry Petals. I should not have mentioned it. Now, we may get hordes of Poms heading that way and crowding the beach. Yes, the horses are taken there most days, but very early. Any mess they may leave is always removed, and the only evidence of them having been there are the hoof prints in the sand and the smooth spots where they have rolled.

I am on my second John Deere. 22HP, 42" cut. A good machine and easy to replace the belt. I did read up on the Craftsmen mowers that Masters sell, but the reviews were not that great. The deck belt on the JD is pretty easy to replace. I wore the first JD out, but it took a good few years to do so. It was the deck that gave way, and at around $800 to replace, it was better getting a new mower. I still have the old one here, and will do some work on it one day so that the grandkids can ride around on it.

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Balnarring is 55 mins from me, might be worth a look!!!! Heehee, will bring lots of kids!!!

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Balnarring is 55 mins from me, might be worth a look!!!! Heehee, will bring lots of kids!!!

 

Ha ha meet you there on the same day Ace - think between us we have our own little Footy team lol

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Balnarring is 55 mins from me, might be worth a look!!!! Heehee, will bring lots of kids!!!

 

 

 

Noooooooo, :arghh:I made a mistake. It's a terrible beach, full of rubbish and bogans, and there are SHARKS that swim in close to the shore, and, and, and the caff is closed for the Winter, and the horses have the runs (trots) and it NEVER cleaned up. MUCH, much better beaches on the Port Philip side girls. Really. LOL

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