Once you’ve cooked a BBQ on a deserted beach somewhere, the backyard version just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. This is particularly true if for the preceding couple of hours you’ve thrown out a line into the surf and caught a couple of wrigglers yourself.

Fire restrictions notwithstanding, a small, open blaze captured among a ring of stones with the setting sun casting long shadows and developing glorious hues, is a magical experience you ought to manage – at the very least – once in your life on an Aussie beach. Save us a prawn, would you?

“This isn’t for everyone – but don’t forget the soy and wasabi so you can sample your fish sashimi-style. Fresh is best!”
– Catriona Rowntree

Did you know?
Victoria’s Ninety Mile Beach is one of Australia’s longest (not interrupted by any headlands) and also holds the gong for having the highest diversity of creatures that burrow into the sand anywhere on the planet. In ten square metres, 860 species were discovered.

Located in east Gippsland, with plenty of fish in the sea and 90 miles to choose from, it sounds like a pretty top spot for a beach BBQ.

How to get there
Qantas and Virgin Blue have regular flights to Melbourne from most major cities in Australia.

By car, follow the Princess Highway from Melbourne. Ninety Mile Beach is located in the Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park, 30 km south of Sale.

Best time to go
Anytime’s a good time for a beach BBQ.

If you plan to go to Ninety Mile Beach, note that winter can be very cold on the Bass Strait coast.


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Further information
Useful websites:

Parks Victoria website with info on Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park

Official website of Tourism Victoria

** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.

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