Sandy Point

History of Sandy Point
- The Bratowooloong people of the Gunai nation lived in the area before European settlement.

- The first Europeans to visit the area were three shipwrecked sailors in 1797. Irish convicts escaped south from Sydney and landed on Seal Island where several men were stranded and found by George Bass who put them ashore near Shallow Inlet to walk back to Sydney. No more was ever heard of them.

- Sealers and whalers visited the area in the first half of the nineteenth century. However, it wasn't until the 1860s that the area was settled by cattle farmers.

- The arrival of the Gippsland Railway improved the viability of local farms and made dairy farming in the area.

- The Post Office opened on 2 September 1926, and was closed in 1994.

- The development of the town as a tourist location started in earnest in the 1960s but has been restricted by its natural heritage values.

- Sandy Point has always been an interesting place. It has known roughly four periods of human activity, each quite different from the other but contributing to the storied landscape that beguiles us still today:
Prehistory and Aborigines up until 1820s
The Sealers and Graziers 1820s to 1900s
The Pilkingtons as farmers 1900s to present
The Holiday Homes 1960s to present.

*History was taken from Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia and Sandy Point History at

Sandy Point - The Town Today
Escape to Gippsland and enjoy a leisurely pace at Sandy Point.

- The General Store provides the necessary services for a pleasant stay and there are many accommodation options.

- Summer days at the beach are made safer by the presence of the local Surf Life Savers and entertainment is often provided for locals and holidaymakers alike at the Waratah Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

- Sandy Point is renowned as a hot spot for windsurfers and is home of the current world speed record made by a sailing craft.

- The sheltered waters of nearby Shallow Inlet provide a secluded and peaceful setting for a wide range of water-based activities.

- Also known for windsurfing, launching a boat off the beach or throwing in a line, Shallow Inlet is an ideal spot for those with young children.

*This information was taken from


Sandy Point - Town facilities

Sandy Point General Store, 107 Beach Parade
Including ATM, post office, bottle shop, fuel, hire of boats


Quick facts about Sandy Point
- Permanent population approximately 300
- Location 201 kilometres south-east of Melbourne

Activities and attractions
- Enjoy world class windsurfing
- Mini Golf – Beach Parade
- Swim, surf or fish off the beautiful shallow sandy shores
- Explore the beautiful coastline with a coastal walk
- Enjoy a range of water activities in the sheltered waters of nearby Shallow Inlet
- Waratah Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Beach patrolled over summer period and weekends until Easter
- Beach wheelchair for use on main beach, free of charge Ring 0467 970 707 for more information or to make a booking
- Toilets, showers, BBQs, picnic tables

Major Events in Sandy Point
Sandy Point Art Show (April)


How to get to Sandy Point
Sandy Point is located approximately 200 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, just 2.5 hours travel along the South Gippsland Highway via Fish Creek, turning off at Meeniyan.

Sandy Point Community Group

Address:Church Parade, Sandy Point VIC 3959
Phone:03 5684 1348
or +61 3 5684 1348 from overseas

Sandy Point Walking & Cycling

Walkers welcomeDogs are allowedRoy Henderson PathSandy Point