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These Aerial Photos from 1966 show just 3 houses, the golf course at what is now the Recreation club and extensive sand dunes between Constantine Ave and Paradise Drive. Zoom in on the photos to see more detail and compare to a aerial shot from 2009.

St Andrews Beach 1966 #1

St Andrews Beach 1966 #2

St Andrews Beach 2009

Finance company says sell regardless ………. £29. Excellent investment for the working man.

This advertisement thought to be from the 1950’s shows the curious Roman Street names e.g. Nero Ave, Titus Drv, Julius St, Tiberius Rd, Caesar Walk, Claudius St. Please e-mail if you know anything about how and why the streets were named.

Rye Surf Estate – Surfing Fishing Shooting !!! or just relaxing on the Lovely Sandy Beach £25 Deposit £4 Monthly

This Advertisement from the 1950’s advertises land along what is now known as Dundas Street (Ocean Beach Road). Where a block of land now costs around $370,000.

Quoting from the National Heritage Database The Cups Country is the eastern section of the Nepean Peninsula Dune system and is of scientific interest because of its unusual topography. In terms of its geomorphological evolution, the area is unique in Victoria: usually the Pleistocene dunes are found in long parallel ridges but in this case the ridge system has been blown around, humps and hollows have been formed, then the cores have solidified, resulting in the present topography. The Cups is also a feature of great landscape interest. In some places the scenic values of the area have been enhanced by the clearing of the coastal tea tree scrub so that the topography is more obvious in the grazed farming environment.

The Cups Country is 2,500ha, 5km south-south-west of Rosebud. Area bounded by Boneo (Rosebud Flinders) Road, Cape Schanck Road, Fingal Road and its alignment, the shoreline along Gunnamatta Beach, Trumans Road and Browns Road. Houses along the Flinders to Rosebud road are excluded.

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According to Nonda Katsalidis in 1992 “A modern beach house inclusive of vernacular sources which gives contemporary expression to vernacular forms”. The rusted ribbed top section of the house has earnt the house the nickname of the shipping container house from the locals. This house sits right on the foreshore overlooking the beach and surf and is one of the first inspirational houses constructed at St Andrews Beach.

Built in 2006 this unusual house has won many awards. Its elevated off the ground buy 4 large steel beams and is cantilevered 11 metres at each end. The sides of the house are made of steel louvers that are opened to let in the breeze (there’s always a breeze at St Andrews).


Paradise House at St Andrews Beach Victoria is a copper clad beach house located adjacent to the pristine Mornington Peninsula reserve. The design of this home focuses on the building’s longevity and environmental integration by careful material selection and a sculptural formal response to the physical and environmental site conditions. It is designed with extremely low maintenance materials, (Copper cladding, unpainted Galvanised steel, unpainted class A timbers) so that it can last more than 50 years without any major maintenance. It is clad in copper which naturally oxidizes to change form a burnt brown colour to a rusted green colour. The natural patina of the cladding will blend into the surrounding tea trees over time. Paradise House is the accumulation of multiple ESD design principles. Of particular note is the formal response to site which considers sun orientation, wind breaks and vegetation retention.


The house was featured on the Sandcastles TV show.

The Weather on this site is collected via a Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station and wview weather software. Data is updated once a minute to this website and also can also be found at:

Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP)

AWEKAS Automatic Weather Map System

Weather Underground

Personal Weather Stations


Arctic Circle? No, Rye Back Beach

This article from The Age shows the amazing southern lights display in 2004

St Andrews Beach A Tom Doak designed 18 hole course rated number 9 in Australia.

The National Golf Club Three Championship 18 hole courses rated 8, 20 and 45th in Australia.

Moonah Links Two 18 hole courses, venue for the Australian Open 2003 and 2005.

The Dunes An 18 hole course rated number 15 in Australia and a fun 9 hole course.

Eagle Ridge Rated in the top 25 public courses in Australia.

Rosebud Country Club Two 18 hole courses.

Other nearby courses include The Cape at Cape Schanck, and The Flinders Golf Club designed by Alister MacKenzie .