What a wonderful joy, to go down to the beach and drink a bottle of wine under the heavens after a barbecue in the yard. Chesterman Beach is a popular spot for surfing, with the waves rolling in from across the Pacific. Even in May, there were many dedicated surfers from early morning to the late evening, catching the waves even at low tide.

The beach is lined with beautiful houses, many of which have a few wooden seats on the beach in front of them. The islands off the coast are accessible at low tide, but have signs on warning visitors: “Private Property: Keep Out”. The beach is littered with bivalve shells and  seaweed that looks a bit like a spring onion turned upside down with the bulb inflated.