“There are things known and things unknown and in between are The Doors.” – Jim Morrison
Brighton, an easy half an hour drive from the Melbourne CBD, is home to 82 distinctly coloured wooden beach houses. This is the Brighton Beach Boxes in Dendy Street, which is a great photo opp for locals and tourists alike.
Melbourne is famous as a cultural hub and this vive translates to these beach boxes, which are small wooden huts painted in bright and vibrant colours.
Aside from being instagram worthy, these bath houses have a lot of history. Over a century ago, these houses were built in response to the Victorian era code about getting undressed in public on seaside areas. This was used mainly by women when changing into their swimwear.
At present time, these bath houses are prime real estate property and the price could go up to $326,000 (in 2017). However it is very rare that existing bath houses hit the market because people hold on to their ownership or passed on through generations. So it is safe to say that today, these colourful timber bath houses are used as storage and used mostly as shelter from the heat of the sun.
One of the more famous of the bathing houses is this one painted with the Australian flag. People queue up just to take a photograph with this specific bath house!