Seaspray is a coastal town on the Ninety Mile Beach in Gippsland. Seaspray's main attraction is its beach.
The town is home to a Surf Life Saving Club and hosts annual Surf Life Saving Carnivals. In 2015 the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club underwent a $2.6 million rebuild after the previous club rooms had been badly damaged by violent storms in 2007. This first stage of the rebuild included better operational control facilities, a first-aid centre, equipment storage, and a social function area with views across the town and beach. Future stages of the work will include a patrol tower, extensive outside decking to expand the function area, and greater storage facilities.
Seaspray hosted an overnight's stay of the Great Victorian Bike Ride on its seventh running in 1990 and again in 2017.
Especially in winter, southern right whales may provide onlookers chances to witness them cavorting close to shores.
Seaspray is located at the end of the 27 km (17 mi) Seaspray Road (C496), which forks off the South Gippsland Highway (A440). There are two possible routes that can be taken from Melbourne: using the Princes Highway (M1/A1) or the South Gippsland Highway. You can take the Princes Highway directly from Melbourne (note the signage changes from M1 to A1 in Traralgon) to Sale, and once you reach Sale, turn onto the South Gippsland Highway. After about 7 km (4.3 mi), you should reach Seaspray Road. Turn left onto Seaspray Road.
To use the South Gippsland Highway, follow the Princes Highway until Dandenong, where you should head onto the South Gippsland Freeway (M420). Just past Lang Lang, the highway splits off into the Bass Highway and the South Gippsland Highway. Follow the South Gippsland Highway for about 200 km (120 mi), and then turn right on Seaspray Road.
By public transport
It is possible to use public transport to navigate to Seaspray, though it requires quite a bit of patience and planning. There is a bus service on Thursdays that operates from Gippsland Centre in Sale to Seaspray, with 2 buses leaving at 9AM and 2PM respectively for a journey lasting just under 30 minutes. The full timetable for this bus service is available here, and you can buy the ticket on the bus.
Navigating from Melbourne, if you want to take the 9AM service, you must leave the night before, taking a late night service on Wednesday from Southern Cross station to Traralgon and staying overnight. Early on Thursday morning, a coach service leaves from Traralgon railway station at 7:45AM and arrives at Gippsland Centre in Sale at 8:25AM, from where you can take the Seaspray bus service at 9AM. You can use a Myki card for the Traralgon train service, but you must book the coach service in advance, and you get the ticket from either Southern Cross or Traralgon stations. The timetable for the Traralgon train service is here, and the Sale coach service here.
For the 2PM service, you have two options. You can either take the train directly to Sale train station from Southern Cross station, which leaves at 7:16AM and arrives at 10:21AM, and then spend lunchtime in Sale before taking the 2PM bus, or you can take a train to Traralgon from Melbourne and take the coach to Sale from Traralgon. The Traralgon train leaves Southern Cross at 9:25AM and arrives at 11:48AM, while the coach service leaves Traralgon at 11:58AM and arrives at Gippsland Centre at 1:16PM. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options: the train to Sale is simpler, but doesn't take you to the bus stop, where you'll have to walk to, while interchanging in Traralgon takes you straight there. The timetable for the Sale train service is here, the Traralgon train service here, and the Sale coach service here.
Seaspray is navigable by foot, but there's no taxis or buses to speak of in the town, so if you, for whatever reason, can't or don't want to get around by foot, you'll need to bring a car with you.
See and do
- 1 Merriman Creek. Merriman Creek feeds into the sea at Seaspray, and there's a boating ramp, fishing platform and picnic area beside the creek here. Fishing bait is available at the Mini Mart.
- 2 Seaspray Beach. Part of the larger Ninety Mile Beach, Seaspray's biggest attraction is its beach. While generally safe, there can be strong currents at the beach. When swimming, stay away from rips and the outer bar, and stay within the red and gold flags. The beach is wide and low with golden sand. During summer months, the beach is patrolled.
- 1 Seaspray LPO, 37 Foreshore Road, ☏ . M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-noon. Post office with banking and foreign currency services.
- 2 Seaspray Mini Mart, 37 Foreshore Road. General store.
- 1 Waves Bistro & Sandbar, 10 Foreshore Road, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Bistro restaurant located in the Surf Life Saving Club.
- 1 Seaspray Caravan Park, 1 Futcher Road, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: Sites: noon-7PM. Cabins: 2-7PM, check-out: By 11AM. Caravan park with powered sites a stone's throw from the beach. Also offers a 3 bedroom cabin. A jumping pillow and a playground is available at the park for kids.
Seaspray is covered by 4G networks with Telstra and Optus. There is a Telstra payphone outside the Mini Mart.
- Wilsons Promontory is never too far away, and contains a number of beautiful beaches, as well as hiking opportunities and the southernmost point of the Strayan continent.