You’ve surely seen the pictures but have you ever wondered, what makes these beach boxes so iconic to Melbourne? There is no denying that the Brighton beach boxes are a popular Bayside icon and cultural asset to beautiful Melbourne. The iconic seascape is immediately recognisable to the bayside area and proves to be a popular landmark for weddings, holiday makers, photographers & travellers from all over the globe.
Originally the boxes were used as ladies’ changing sheds in the 1800s, until the council took over management in 1877. Since then the boxes have survived the bayside elements – although a few have reportedly washed away over time. Today, to own one of these iconic boxes you are looking at upwards of $300,000 for what is essentially a shed, with no running water or electricity.
Today the bathing boxes remain almost unchanged. All retain classic timber framing weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, licensees’ have the freedom to express their artistic flair by painting them – however, colours and designs still need to be cleared by the local council.
Facts about the Brighton Beach Boxes:
- The boxes do not have electricity or running water
- You must be a Bayside ratepayer to buy a bathing box
- Licensees cannot rent or sublet their bathing boxes
- Licensees cannot sleep in or use their bathing boxes as accommodation
- Bathing box designs cannot be used as adverting, or painted in colours to advertise a business.