It took me so long to make a trip to Brighton. This is the first time I’ve been in the 3 1/2 months I’ve been in Melbourne and it seems like for most people it’s one of the first trips out of the CBD area that they make!
Most people, myself included I’ll admit, come to see the Brighton Bathing Boxes. You’ve probably seen them in photos of Melbourne, as they’re definitely some of the most iconic and photographed parts of the city. There are over 90 of them and with their timber and corrugated iron structures they’re built exactly like they were in the Victorian era, even though some of them are much more recent than that.
Whilst the bulk of them are side by side along Dendy Street Beach (not actually Brighton Beach, which as I discovered is next door) there are a couple out on their own at one end.
Owners of the boxes can decorate them as they wish so long as there’s no advertising involved. Some of them, as you can see below have been pretty creative. Others stick to solid colours but when lined up all together they are an undoubtedly pretty sight, especially when you’ve got Melbourne city skyline putting in an appearance in the background.
Can you believe that to own one of these costs upwards of $260,000? Apparently the original owners would have paid around $11,000 for one. They cannot be used as accommodation and, even if they could you wouldn’t want to because they have no electricity or running water. This is so they remain in keeping with their original Victorian purpose.
Some people are a bit baffled as to why anyone would pay that kind of money for something you can’t even live in! It does seem a bit steep but then again it is a lovely spot and if you’re super rich I guess why not?
If you’re interested in seeing inside the bathing boxes there’s an article about that published a few years ago where they also spoke to some of the owners. I have to say walking along the beach to those closed doors my brain was in overdrive imagining what they all looked like inside. It’s like being shown a bunch of secret doors that you’re not allowed to open!