Coastal Guide to Nature and History

cover of Coastal Guide to Nature and History

Paperback - January 2014 - AU $30.00

Whether you are on holiday, walking, or just visiting the coast for a short outing, this book will enrich your appreciation of what you see.

Whether you are on holiday, walking, or just visiting the coast for a short outing, this book will enrich your appreciation of what you see. It will tell you about the plants and animals you may encounter, the way geology influences the landforms you pass and the history of each stretch of the coast. + Full description

There are fascinating stories of human enterprise such as Wilbraham Liardet’s original tourism business at Port Melbourne, and coastal industries such as a pioneering cement factory at Mornington in the 1860s and a depot at Altona for exporting explosives.

There are big geological events: the creation of the bay and its repeated filling and emptying over millions of years, and the fiery formation of the volcanic western shore.

The Coastal Guide to Nature and History is not confined to popular destinations, but takes you kilometre by kilometre around the entire coastline from Point Lonsdale to Point Nepean. The author has walked the 260 kilometre shore and has researched the stories which lie behind the features you will see.

Some parts of the coast are not easy to reach and the maps and advice in this book will help you find them.

- Short description


Paperback | January 2014 | $ 30.00
ISBN: 9780992321703 | 172 pages | 234 x 152 mm
Publisher: Coast Guide Books
Colour illustrations, Colour photographs, Maps


Purpose and coverage of the book
Rewards in store for the coastal explorer
Walking the coastline
Advice on walking the coast
Safety and the tides
Early history
Aboriginal life and European discovery and settlement
A journey around the bay
Point Lonsdale to Geelong
Avalon to Williamstown
Port Melbourne to Frankston
Mount Eliza to Point Nepean
Coastal animals and plants
Common animals of the coast, including invertebrates that live between the tides
Vegetation communities, including saltmarsh, dune plants and seaweeds
Coastal landforms
Geology of the region and how it determines landforms
Coastal management
Acknowledgements and extended image credits
References and further reading


Graham Patterson has walked every kilometre of the coast between South Australia and Wilsons Promontory, and some stretches further east. Graham grew up far from the sea, but family holidays kindled a love of the coast. He qualified as an electrical engineer, but spent almost all of his paid career teaching physics and general science in secondary schools.

Now retired from paid work, he volunteers with a Friends group, a Field Naturalists group and a fungi project – for fun.