Safety Beach, Victoria

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Safety Beach
Safety Beach is located in Melbourne
Safety Beach
Safety Beach
Coordinates 38°19′19″S 144°59′10″E / 38.322°S 144.986°E / -38.322; 144.986Coordinates: 38°19′19″S 144°59′10″E / 38.322°S 144.986°E / -38.322; 144.986
Population 3,518 (2011)[1]
 • Density 590/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3936
Area 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
LGA(s) Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s) Nepean
Federal Division(s) Flinders
Suburbs around Safety Beach:
Port Phillip Mount Martha
Port Phillip Safety Beach
Dromana Red Hill

Safety Beach is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.

Safety Beach occupies slightly less than half the area of land between the foothills of Mount Martha and Arthurs Seat and borders Port Philip Bay to its west.

There is a large inland harbour and residential development in Safety Beach named Martha Cove, named after its location in the cove at the foot of Mount Martha. The project was heavily protested by residents. The project began in 2004, but is experiencing considerable financial difficulties.[2][3][4]

Golfers play at the course of the Mount Martha Valley Golf Club on Country Club Drive,[5] or at the Safety Beach Golf Course nearby.[6]

Beaches Activities[edit]

Calm, sandy bay swimming beach popular for boating, with a foreshore reserve, children's playground and BBQ areas. Has a many seating area for lunch and enjoying the sun, also has plenty of trees for those that like shade.

Safety Beach Sailing Club Formed in 1967. Safety Beach Sailing Club has hosted many State and National titles and SBSC sailors are recognized by the sailing community for their excellence in sailing with success at regattas and at State, National and International level.


Safety Beach was originally named 'Shark Bay', but underwent a name change to attract tourist trade to the peninsula. [7] In 1841, Hugh Jamieson purchased 5,120 acres (2,070 ha), or eight square miles, of land from the Crown for ₤1 an acre under the terms of the short-lived Special Survey regulations. [8]

The purchase included all of the present suburb of Safety Beach . The area is known as Jamieson's Special Survey in cadastral surveys.The survey extended east as far as Bulldog Creek Rd.Henry Dunn had leased the Survey from 1846 until 1851 and was succeeded by tenants such as the Griffith, Eaton, Peatey, McLear, Clydesdale, Wilson, Cottier and Gibson families, which were involved with the History of Dromana, and in the case of William Cottier, the establishment of the first of three Rye Hotels, in Dromana. Cottier and John Campbell built a second hotel east of Lyons St, Rye, using the same name and licence, thus bestowing a new name on the limeburning settlement. Edward Louis Tassell leased the northern 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) for some time near the creek that is named after him.

Big Clarke later owned the survey and his son in law, Bruce received this land as a wedding present. Maria Stenniken, who married Godfrey Burdett Wilson, used to work at Bruce's house as a servant during the summer. At the eastern end of the Survey, many of the pioneers worked at goldmining for Bernard Eaton. (Sources: A Dreamtime of Dromana, Lime Land Leisure, Rate records, 1888 Post office directory.)

Safety Beach Post Office opened on 1 October 1953 and closed in 1974.[9]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Safety Beach (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  2. ^ Allen, Elizabeth. "Stormclouds over Martha Cove - Business - News - Mornington Peninsula Leader". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ Tatman, Christian. "Martha Cove investors feel the heat - Business - News - Mornington Peninsula Leader". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
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  5. ^ Golf Select, Mount Martha Valley, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  6. ^ Golf Select, Safety Beach, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  7. ^ Safety Beach and Hidden Harbour 
  8. ^ Colonial Secretaries Office, Sydney (8 June 1841), "Selections of Special Surveys", New South Wales Government Gazette (Number 45): 784–785, retrieved 2010-09-19 
  9. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11