#AustralianBeachspace

This is a collection of the original posts used in #AustralianBeachspace, a three-month project that paired images and captions to share information from my research into Australian beaches in popular culture. The full project and ongoing posts can be found at my Instagram account: @drlizellison

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  1. The Australian beach is a very dominating image in our culture. For much of the population, it's a really familiar scene. Australia has a very coastal population - most of our capital cities are on the edges of our continent. In Brisbane, where I'm from, you can reach a beach in about a half hour drive. This is the first post of an Instagram project showcasing ideas from my 2013 PhD thesis. More information at the website in my profile.
Follow along via this account or using the hashtag:
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馃摲 Liz Ellison
    The Australian beach is a very dominating image in our culture. For much of the population, it's a really familiar scene. Australia has a very coastal population - most of our capital cities are on the edges of our continent. In Brisbane, where I'm from, you can reach a beach in about a half hour drive. This is the first post of an Instagram project showcasing ideas from my 2013 PhD thesis. More information at the website in my profile. Follow along via this account or using the hashtag: #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Liz Ellison
  2. I organised my thesis around five popular types of representations associated with the beach:
*The beach has the power to heal.
*The beach can be a dark, scary place.
*The beach as an urban site.
*The beach as a lived, everyday location.
*And the beach as an egalitarian paradise.

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馃摲 Sarah B眉rvenich
    I organised my thesis around five popular types of representations associated with the beach: *The beach has the power to heal. *The beach can be a dark, scary place. *The beach as an urban site. *The beach as a lived, everyday location. *And the beach as an egalitarian paradise. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Sarah B眉rvenich
  3. There are two particularly iconic beaches that I made mention of in my thesis: Surfers Paradise at the Gold Coast (QLD) and Bondi Beach in Sydney (NSW). While there are many other beautiful and interesting beaches in Australia - and this project will try and showcase a number of them where possible - Surfers and Bondi stand out as internationally recognisable locations.
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馃摲 @maxwell_sound
    There are two particularly iconic beaches that I made mention of in my thesis: Surfers Paradise at the Gold Coast (QLD) and Bondi Beach in Sydney (NSW). While there are many other beautiful and interesting beaches in Australia - and this project will try and showcase a number of them where possible - Surfers and Bondi stand out as internationally recognisable locations. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 @maxwell_sound
  4. There's an unspoken idea that swimming in the ocean is a healing activity. The sensory experience of the sand and the ocean is perhaps best seen in representations of surfing. Robert Drewe's short story 'The Aquarium at Night' has a surfer in an English jail: "The merest thought of sea, sun and wind made his head throb and his body ache with a homesickness that reached down to the bone. What could be more removed from those vital elements than this place?" (from the 2008 collection of short stories 'The Rip', 2008, 86 - 87).
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馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
    There's an unspoken idea that swimming in the ocean is a healing activity. The sensory experience of the sand and the ocean is perhaps best seen in representations of surfing. Robert Drewe's short story 'The Aquarium at Night' has a surfer in an English jail: "The merest thought of sea, sun and wind made his head throb and his body ache with a homesickness that reached down to the bone. What could be more removed from those vital elements than this place?" (from the 2008 collection of short stories 'The Rip', 2008, 86 - 87). #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
  5. The beach isn't always just a place of beauty and holidays. The beach, like all locations in Australia, can habour a dark side underneath the glossy surface. A classic 'Ozploitation' film from 1978, 'The Long Weekend', features a couple on holiday at a picturesque, isolated beach but it isn't long before the holiday turns bad... ! There can be something scary about the beach, and the things that emerge from the ocean.
Don't forget to check my website for further details of the project.
#AustralianBeachspace
    The beach isn't always just a place of beauty and holidays. The beach, like all locations in Australia, can habour a dark side underneath the glossy surface. A classic 'Ozploitation' film from 1978, 'The Long Weekend', features a couple on holiday at a picturesque, isolated beach but it isn't long before the holiday turns bad... ! There can be something scary about the beach, and the things that emerge from the ocean. Don't forget to check my website for further details of the project. #AustralianBeachspace
  6. The beach is so easily accessible for a large majority of the population. Australia, of course, has often been known for the Outback or the Bush - the centre of the continent. Yet the population mostly bunches around the coastlines and this makes many beaches extensions of urban or suburban areas of the cities. One of the best examples of this is Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The beach is lined with high-rises, which at the right time of day cast shadows along the sand.
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馃摲 Jordan Gellie
    The beach is so easily accessible for a large majority of the population. Australia, of course, has often been known for the Outback or the Bush - the centre of the continent. Yet the population mostly bunches around the coastlines and this makes many beaches extensions of urban or suburban areas of the cities. One of the best examples of this is Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The beach is lined with high-rises, which at the right time of day cast shadows along the sand. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jordan Gellie
  7. The beach is a classic Australian holiday destination. And holidays are a really important part of our culture. Richard White has written about the history of holidays in this country and he thinks there's a few key elements that the beach provides. One of these things is the ability to do nothing! White suggests "the middle-class beach holiday took on a vacancy of a long stretch of day after day of pleasurable sensual idleness of sun, sand and surf" (2005, 108). Not everyone likes this type of holiday, of course, and an always increasing awareness of the dangers of skin cancer in Australia is perhaps contributing to people spending less time on the sand. What's your ideal beach holiday activity?
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馃摲 Neil Gee
    The beach is a classic Australian holiday destination. And holidays are a really important part of our culture. Richard White has written about the history of holidays in this country and he thinks there's a few key elements that the beach provides. One of these things is the ability to do nothing! White suggests "the middle-class beach holiday took on a vacancy of a long stretch of day after day of pleasurable sensual idleness of sun, sand and surf" (2005, 108). Not everyone likes this type of holiday, of course, and an always increasing awareness of the dangers of skin cancer in Australia is perhaps contributing to people spending less time on the sand. What's your ideal beach holiday activity? #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Neil Gee
  8. The beach has often been a symbol of the myth that Australia is an egalitarian society. On the surface, there is some truth to this idea: the beach is openly accessible for all ethnicities, genders, socio-economic demographics, and so on. Ann Game wrote about Bondi Beach, saying that "no one owns the sun, sea, surf - or everyone, all Australians, own it" (1990, 115). And in Australia, this is relatively accurate: nearly all beaches in the country are managed by local city councils and are open for all people to access. However, this concept relies on a person's ability to physically access the beach. Some recent initiatives are challenging these problems, like this City of Gold Coast scheme (https://goo.gl/jcRujy). Despite these efforts, it is possible to consider the egalitarian myth of the beach as something ultimately idealistic.
#AustralianBeachspace
    The beach has often been a symbol of the myth that Australia is an egalitarian society. On the surface, there is some truth to this idea: the beach is openly accessible for all ethnicities, genders, socio-economic demographics, and so on. Ann Game wrote about Bondi Beach, saying that "no one owns the sun, sea, surf - or everyone, all Australians, own it" (1990, 115). And in Australia, this is relatively accurate: nearly all beaches in the country are managed by local city councils and are open for all people to access. However, this concept relies on a person's ability to physically access the beach. Some recent initiatives are challenging these problems, like this City of Gold Coast scheme (https://goo.gl/jcRujy). Despite these efforts, it is possible to consider the egalitarian myth of the beach as something ultimately idealistic. #AustralianBeachspace
  9. Tim Winton is perhaps Australia's best known author who regularly writes about the beach. His fictional works often feature the beach, usually in Western Australia. And Winton himself is very open about his own relationship with the beach. He has written two memoirs, 'Land's Edge' (1993) and 'Island Home' (2015), showing a longstanding relationship with the coast.
#AustralianBeachspace
    Tim Winton is perhaps Australia's best known author who regularly writes about the beach. His fictional works often feature the beach, usually in Western Australia. And Winton himself is very open about his own relationship with the beach. He has written two memoirs, 'Land's Edge' (1993) and 'Island Home' (2015), showing a longstanding relationship with the coast. #AustralianBeachspace
  10. The beach at night always feels different. The lifesavers have left for the day and the water is dark and impenetrable. What seems familiar in the sunlight can seem sinister or uncomfortable. The water in particular becomes more menacing: it's harder to navigate the rips and currents without the visual markers. This image of Bondi captures how a familiar, recognisable scene can be transformed by the night.

Have you ever visited the beach at night?

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馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
    The beach at night always feels different. The lifesavers have left for the day and the water is dark and impenetrable. What seems familiar in the sunlight can seem sinister or uncomfortable. The water in particular becomes more menacing: it's harder to navigate the rips and currents without the visual markers. This image of Bondi captures how a familiar, recognisable scene can be transformed by the night. Have you ever visited the beach at night? #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
  11. Australia has an ongoing tension around the environment. The precious Australian natural environment needs protection (consider the current degradation of the Great Barrier Reef), and yet simultaneously the population needs protection from it and the creatures within it. Bill Bryson captured this in his text 'Down Under' (2000, 20): "It has more things that will kill you than anywhere else... If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback. It's a tough place." In my family at least it often feels like everyone has a beach story - whether it's my dad finding himself swept away in a current as a young boy, or my brother being viciously stung by a blue bottle.
Do you have a painful beach story?
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 @maxwell_sound
    Australia has an ongoing tension around the environment. The precious Australian natural environment needs protection (consider the current degradation of the Great Barrier Reef), and yet simultaneously the population needs protection from it and the creatures within it. Bill Bryson captured this in his text 'Down Under' (2000, 20): "It has more things that will kill you than anywhere else... If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback. It's a tough place." In my family at least it often feels like everyone has a beach story - whether it's my dad finding himself swept away in a current as a young boy, or my brother being viciously stung by a blue bottle. Do you have a painful beach story? #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 @maxwell_sound
  12. The beach is a really common family destination - but children, of course, need close attention at the beach. This is an important part of the beach experience: partly natural, partly regulated. Dr Anita Heiss, in her satirical text 'Sacred Cows' (1996), challenges Australian cultural stereotypes through parody - including the overstretched and under-appreciated supervisor on beach trips: the Aussie mum. While Heiss is parodying the beach mum to a certain degree, the mother figure is a familiar one for beachgoers.
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 Zachary Staines
    The beach is a really common family destination - but children, of course, need close attention at the beach. This is an important part of the beach experience: partly natural, partly regulated. Dr Anita Heiss, in her satirical text 'Sacred Cows' (1996), challenges Australian cultural stereotypes through parody - including the overstretched and under-appreciated supervisor on beach trips: the Aussie mum. While Heiss is parodying the beach mum to a certain degree, the mother figure is a familiar one for beachgoers. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Zachary Staines
  13. Perhaps one of the best known Australian beach stories is 'Puberty Blues'. Originally a book from 1979 (Lette and Carey), it reached huge popularity after the film adaptation (dir. Bruce Beresford, 1981). Then in 2013, Puberty Blues was transformed for a new audience as a television show (Edwards and Banks). The story of the two girls is a fairly shocking one, including casual sexism and drug use, presented as an everyday narrative for teenagers in Sydney. The story really captures a gender imbalance that perhaps pervades further than just fictional stories. One of the narrators, Debbie, talks about how to get your "passport into [the] surfie gang" - make sure you're never too fat or too skinny; never wearing too much or too little makeup, and of course "you had to be interested in surfing, but not interested enough to surf" (1979, 7).
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
    Perhaps one of the best known Australian beach stories is 'Puberty Blues'. Originally a book from 1979 (Lette and Carey), it reached huge popularity after the film adaptation (dir. Bruce Beresford, 1981). Then in 2013, Puberty Blues was transformed for a new audience as a television show (Edwards and Banks). The story of the two girls is a fairly shocking one, including casual sexism and drug use, presented as an everyday narrative for teenagers in Sydney. The story really captures a gender imbalance that perhaps pervades further than just fictional stories. One of the narrators, Debbie, talks about how to get your "passport into [the] surfie gang" - make sure you're never too fat or too skinny; never wearing too much or too little makeup, and of course "you had to be interested in surfing, but not interested enough to surf" (1979, 7). #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
  14. The beach is a holiday destination for many domestic travellers as well as international ones. One of the differences about people taking holidays at the seaside is their direct engagement with the space (see Fred Gray in his 2009 book 'Designing the Seaside'). In Australia, a family holiday to the beach usually involves bringing equipment: beach towels, sunscreen, hats, umbrellas or shade tents, and so on. Although the term 'beachgoer' feels passive, Australian beachgoers often are surprisingly active in their sandy preparations. This photo is from a non-Australian beach - Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. On this beach, the equipment is provided by the resorts close by, and the staff are able to bring drinks directly to your lounge. A more passive experience, perhaps?
Do you visit the beach on holidays? What sort of 'equipment' or supplies do you bring along with you?
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 @drlizellison
    The beach is a holiday destination for many domestic travellers as well as international ones. One of the differences about people taking holidays at the seaside is their direct engagement with the space (see Fred Gray in his 2009 book 'Designing the Seaside'). In Australia, a family holiday to the beach usually involves bringing equipment: beach towels, sunscreen, hats, umbrellas or shade tents, and so on. Although the term 'beachgoer' feels passive, Australian beachgoers often are surprisingly active in their sandy preparations. This photo is from a non-Australian beach - Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. On this beach, the equipment is provided by the resorts close by, and the staff are able to bring drinks directly to your lounge. A more passive experience, perhaps? Do you visit the beach on holidays? What sort of 'equipment' or supplies do you bring along with you? #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 @drlizellison
  15. Bondi Beach in particular has been a location that can transform between an iconic image of Australian tourism and a location of fear. Kristen Davis in 2007 researched a number of hate murders in the area - all the victims were gay men. [NB: This is the inspiration of the new SBS show, 'Deep Water'.] Even reality television, like the Channel 7 show 'Beach Cops', included instances of people missing on the beach after a drunken nighttime swim. Bondi brings huge numbers of visitors during the year (as many as 2.2m annually, according to a 2014 Destination NSW report) and that influx of transient visitors brings challenges to the space.
Have you been to Bondi?
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
    Bondi Beach in particular has been a location that can transform between an iconic image of Australian tourism and a location of fear. Kristen Davis in 2007 researched a number of hate murders in the area - all the victims were gay men. [NB: This is the inspiration of the new SBS show, 'Deep Water'.] Even reality television, like the Channel 7 show 'Beach Cops', included instances of people missing on the beach after a drunken nighttime swim. Bondi brings huge numbers of visitors during the year (as many as 2.2m annually, according to a 2014 Destination NSW report) and that influx of transient visitors brings challenges to the space. Have you been to Bondi? #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
  16. The beaches of Australia bring a lot of visitors - both domestic and international. Technology is improving all the time to make beach experiences safer. Did you know there is an app for that? BeachSafe [https://beachsafe.org.au/] is an online portal and app that provides critical information to assist beachgoers in assessing dangers (hazards, UV rating, swimming conditions, and so on). It was developed by the Surf LifeSaving Association of Australia and relied on research conducted by academic Andrew Short, who completed a geographic survey of every Australian beach.

Remember though, the best thing you can do to make your beach trip safe is to swim between the flags.

#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 @drlizellison
    The beaches of Australia bring a lot of visitors - both domestic and international. Technology is improving all the time to make beach experiences safer. Did you know there is an app for that? BeachSafe [https://beachsafe.org.au/] is an online portal and app that provides critical information to assist beachgoers in assessing dangers (hazards, UV rating, swimming conditions, and so on). It was developed by the Surf LifeSaving Association of Australia and relied on research conducted by academic Andrew Short, who completed a geographic survey of every Australian beach. Remember though, the best thing you can do to make your beach trip safe is to swim between the flags. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 @drlizellison
  17. The beach is a very sensory location and as such can be an effective space to generate memory. It's positioned in contrast to many other landscapes in the country, and has an evocative and distinctive smell and texture. This is captured nicely in Nikki Gemmell's memoir 'Why you are Australian: a letter to my children' (2009). In it, Gemmell tells of bringing her children from London to her home country for the first time, and her desire for the children to love Australia like she does. For Gemmell, the power of her childhood in Australia (and at the beach) is vivid and apparent in the way she frames the memoir in letter form. There's something amazing in the way childhood warps our memories - in my memory, I spent months on end at the beach over summer holidays. In reality, it was a few weekends scattered over the holiday period! The beach certainly can provoke much nostalgia.
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 @maxwell_sound
    The beach is a very sensory location and as such can be an effective space to generate memory. It's positioned in contrast to many other landscapes in the country, and has an evocative and distinctive smell and texture. This is captured nicely in Nikki Gemmell's memoir 'Why you are Australian: a letter to my children' (2009). In it, Gemmell tells of bringing her children from London to her home country for the first time, and her desire for the children to love Australia like she does. For Gemmell, the power of her childhood in Australia (and at the beach) is vivid and apparent in the way she frames the memoir in letter form. There's something amazing in the way childhood warps our memories - in my memory, I spent months on end at the beach over summer holidays. In reality, it was a few weekends scattered over the holiday period! The beach certainly can provoke much nostalgia. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 @maxwell_sound
  18. The complexities of the question around 'ownership' of the beach is really one too big for Instagram captions. The coastal beaches were the stage of many early conflicts between Indigenous Australians and early English colonisers. Perhaps unsurprisingly as a result of this tumultuous history, there does appear to be a gap in representing Indigenous characters and stories on the beach. There are some exceptions: Anita Heiss' 'Not Meeting Mr Right' series; Terri Janke's 'Butterfly Song'; and Tracey Moffat's short film 'Heaven' are some notable exceptions. Considering the ongoing tensions around this problematic idea of ownership of the land, it is always necessary to frame any discussion of equality or egalitarianism appropriately.
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
    The complexities of the question around 'ownership' of the beach is really one too big for Instagram captions. The coastal beaches were the stage of many early conflicts between Indigenous Australians and early English colonisers. Perhaps unsurprisingly as a result of this tumultuous history, there does appear to be a gap in representing Indigenous characters and stories on the beach. There are some exceptions: Anita Heiss' 'Not Meeting Mr Right' series; Terri Janke's 'Butterfly Song'; and Tracey Moffat's short film 'Heaven' are some notable exceptions. Considering the ongoing tensions around this problematic idea of ownership of the land, it is always necessary to frame any discussion of equality or egalitarianism appropriately. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
  19. There's many beaches in Australia that are incredibly isolated or hard to access. This makes them feel particularly close to nature - they are untouched, as far away from our usual urban or suburban environment as possible. This can function as a trigger for self-reflection or transformation. For instance, the 'road trip' novel from comedian Wendy Harmer ('Roadside Sisters', 2009) features moments when the characters find peace, tranquility, or a new purpose while at the beach. The beach is able to provide this through its closeness to nature and also its distinction from the characters' regular lives.

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馃摲 @maxwell_sound
    There's many beaches in Australia that are incredibly isolated or hard to access. This makes them feel particularly close to nature - they are untouched, as far away from our usual urban or suburban environment as possible. This can function as a trigger for self-reflection or transformation. For instance, the 'road trip' novel from comedian Wendy Harmer ('Roadside Sisters', 2009) features moments when the characters find peace, tranquility, or a new purpose while at the beach. The beach is able to provide this through its closeness to nature and also its distinction from the characters' regular lives. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 @maxwell_sound
  20. Perhaps the greatest fear we associate with the beach is being attacked by a shark. Thanks to the film 'Jaws' in 1975, the shark has received some bad press. And yet, Helen Tiffin (2009) suggests sharks statistically aren't the threat we think they are. Instead, it's the way attacks can happen - at random, with no warning - that makes the threat chilling and unnerving.

This post feels particularly relevant at the moment after the recent attack at Byron Bay and the move towards shark nets as we come into peak summer season.

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馃摲 Mark Asthoff
    Perhaps the greatest fear we associate with the beach is being attacked by a shark. Thanks to the film 'Jaws' in 1975, the shark has received some bad press. And yet, Helen Tiffin (2009) suggests sharks statistically aren't the threat we think they are. Instead, it's the way attacks can happen - at random, with no warning - that makes the threat chilling and unnerving. This post feels particularly relevant at the moment after the recent attack at Byron Bay and the move towards shark nets as we come into peak summer season. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Mark Asthoff
  21. The Gold Coast, and Surfers Paradise in particular, struggles with a mixed identity. On one hand, the city has been popularised as a glitzy nighttime city, popular with international visitors. On the other, it also suffers from a sometimes critical local perception as a result of high crime and the annual 'schoolies' celebrations (coming up soon). What is undeniable is the heavy urban influence on the beach. Graeme Griffin believes the high-rises are a "part of the fabric and fantasy of the Gold Coast. They are its supreme icons" (2003, 135). They certainly are iconic and make the skyline of the Gold Coast unmistakable.

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馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
    The Gold Coast, and Surfers Paradise in particular, struggles with a mixed identity. On one hand, the city has been popularised as a glitzy nighttime city, popular with international visitors. On the other, it also suffers from a sometimes critical local perception as a result of high crime and the annual 'schoolies' celebrations (coming up soon). What is undeniable is the heavy urban influence on the beach. Graeme Griffin believes the high-rises are a "part of the fabric and fantasy of the Gold Coast. They are its supreme icons" (2003, 135). They certainly are iconic and make the skyline of the Gold Coast unmistakable. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jeremy Bishop
  22. There can be some tension - particularly captured in texts written about the beach - between the locals and the visitors. The beach is part of the regular fabric of life for the locals; in comparison, visitors see the beach as a respite from their daily routine. That said, there can still be conflict between locals - perhaps seen most in the occasionally fraught relationship between surfers and lifeguards. Fiona Capp's novel 'Night Surfing' sees this tension become a major role in the relationship breakdown between protagonists Jake and Hannah. This isn't always the case, of course. The reality television show 'Bondi Rescue' regularly features surfers assisting the lifeguards when someone is in danger.
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馃摲 Arnaud Mesureur
    There can be some tension - particularly captured in texts written about the beach - between the locals and the visitors. The beach is part of the regular fabric of life for the locals; in comparison, visitors see the beach as a respite from their daily routine. That said, there can still be conflict between locals - perhaps seen most in the occasionally fraught relationship between surfers and lifeguards. Fiona Capp's novel 'Night Surfing' sees this tension become a major role in the relationship breakdown between protagonists Jake and Hannah. This isn't always the case, of course. The reality television show 'Bondi Rescue' regularly features surfers assisting the lifeguards when someone is in danger. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Arnaud Mesureur
  23. The beach is not always a place where everyone feels equal. In 2005, Cronulla Beach (near Sydney, in New South Wales) was the site of violent riots. The incident was sparked by tensions between Anglo-Australians and Lebanese-Australians and gave rise to phrases like 'we grew here, you flew here'. The beach itself became a symbol of white Aussie pride. And yet, even though we are over ten years on, discussions of migration still dominate Australian politics. Affrica Taylor (2009, 118) wrote a book chapter discussing this moment of Australia's history, noting it as another case of "selective amnesia of the White postcolonial 'custodians'". It is worth remembering, despite the positive images of multicultural beach experiences in television shows like 'Bondi Rescue', that the egalitarian concept of the beach is more complicated.
#AustralianBeachspace
馃摲 @drlizellison
    The beach is not always a place where everyone feels equal. In 2005, Cronulla Beach (near Sydney, in New South Wales) was the site of violent riots. The incident was sparked by tensions between Anglo-Australians and Lebanese-Australians and gave rise to phrases like 'we grew here, you flew here'. The beach itself became a symbol of white Aussie pride. And yet, even though we are over ten years on, discussions of migration still dominate Australian politics. Affrica Taylor (2009, 118) wrote a book chapter discussing this moment of Australia's history, noting it as another case of "selective amnesia of the White postcolonial 'custodians'". It is worth remembering, despite the positive images of multicultural beach experiences in television shows like 'Bondi Rescue', that the egalitarian concept of the beach is more complicated. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 @drlizellison
  24. The most common representation of the beach is the physical beauty of the natural landscape. Tourism Queensland had one of their biggest advertising successes in 2009, with the 'Best Job in the World' campaign. The entire campaign was centred on a job advertisement for 'Island Caretaker' and called for international entrants. The Island in question was Hamilton Island, one of the Whitsundays off the northeastern coast of Australia. It was hugely popular and generated enormous worldwide media coverage. Perhaps not surprising, considering the beaches in question (like this one from Whitehaven Beach). Have you travelled to the Whitsundays?
#AustralianBeachspace
    The most common representation of the beach is the physical beauty of the natural landscape. Tourism Queensland had one of their biggest advertising successes in 2009, with the 'Best Job in the World' campaign. The entire campaign was centred on a job advertisement for 'Island Caretaker' and called for international entrants. The Island in question was Hamilton Island, one of the Whitsundays off the northeastern coast of Australia. It was hugely popular and generated enormous worldwide media coverage. Perhaps not surprising, considering the beaches in question (like this one from Whitehaven Beach). Have you travelled to the Whitsundays? #AustralianBeachspace
  25. The beach is, unfortunately, occasionally a setting for real crime. Some of them remain unsolved, including three famous cases in the 1960s. Two young girls were found horrifically murdered on Wanda Beach (New South Wales) in 1965. The three Beaumont children disappeared on Glenelg Beach (South Australia) in 1966. And in 1967, the Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Holt, disappeared while swimming off the beach in Victoria. There is something quite unnerving about these unsolved mysteries, especially when considering the pervasive idea of the beach as a safe family location.
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馃摲 Jay Ma
    The beach is, unfortunately, occasionally a setting for real crime. Some of them remain unsolved, including three famous cases in the 1960s. Two young girls were found horrifically murdered on Wanda Beach (New South Wales) in 1965. The three Beaumont children disappeared on Glenelg Beach (South Australia) in 1966. And in 1967, the Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Holt, disappeared while swimming off the beach in Victoria. There is something quite unnerving about these unsolved mysteries, especially when considering the pervasive idea of the beach as a safe family location. #AustralianBeachspace 馃摲 Jay Ma
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