Shoreham Beach Pictorial Heritage - 1840 to 2011


About this Project
Heritage Timeline
Heritage Pines
YMCA Camp Buxton - Part 1 - History
YMCA Camp Buxton - Part 2 - 1952 Visit
YMCA Camp Buxton - Part 3 - 2011 Gallery
The Beach
Beach Hikes
Maps of Shoreham
References and Bibliography

1907 View of Shoreham

1920 Main road at Shoreham

c1940 Shoreham beach looking north

1940 Shoreham beach looking south

Shoreham began in the early 1920s as a port for timber exports from the surrounding area. Early reports of the area suggested the region was "thick with honeysuckle and sheoak" and early settlers in the Balnarring and Hastings region were involved in wattle bark stripping and cutting piles and sleepers for shipping to Melbourne via the town.

A Jetty was built in the 1920s, but was dismantled in the 1940s. 

Shoreham Post Office opened on 1 October 1881.

The YMCA's Camp Buxton for boys started in 1925, and operated until the 1950s.

This part of the coast is really very beautiful and quite exclusive. All of the land between Flinders and Point Leo was once part of a large pastoral property which has since been broken up, but not in a suburban manner. The smaller subdivisions take the form of small acreages rather than urban allotments. .

The first run in the area was established in the 1840s and the township began to emerge in the 1870s. Dairying, farming, timber and pastoral enterprises have long characterized the local economy, although the emergence of a few bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and a camping ground in recent years reflect the growing attraction of the area for holiday-makers.

Shoreham Beach consists of two sections, divided by the estuiary of the Stony Creek - the main beach, which extends along the car park to the southern headland, and the northern beach which ends at Honeysuckle Point.

There are glorious rockpools and reefs which are exposed at low tide.

Further north is Point Leo - to the south is Flinders, both accessible when the tides are right!

Shoreham today is a small coastal town containing a Post Office, an early church hall (the size of which suggests the congregation was never very large) and allegedly the oldest sawmill in Victoria, general store, tennis courts, community hall and CFA The area contains picnic and barbecue facilities, a boat ramp and various accommodation options such as B&Bs, caravan parks and camping sites. The main camping area is extensive, and is adjacent to the northern beach.

There are no petrol stations in Shoreham or Flinders.

Shoreham has always been a place where artists have resided. Several homes bear testimony to their work.

c1950 Shoreham beach looking south - pier gone

c1950 General Store

Comments, and reactions are welcome, to Bob Padula