Beaches and Australians or Pacific Islanders have always gone together as readily as oreos and milk, or peanut butter and chocolate. Aboriginals used the coasts to fish and gather vital protein, as well as for cleaning and predicting weather changes. Along the lovely white coasts of the Pacific Islands, where the multi-million dollar mansions now blot out the sun for mere pedestrians, remnants of lives long lost still remain piled up behind trees, like so many shellfish.
Aboriginals made acquaintanceships with white settlers on the beaches of Australia and the Pacific Islands. The Australian love of water sports, swimming, and sunbathing was born on the soft white sands of the land. The Australian and Pacific Island beaches are a class leveler: all people, whether rich or poor, local or tourists, are welcome to sit-back and relax. Ideals are hosted on the beach, and proposals are pitched. People fall in love on the beaches, and children learn how to swim there.
Photos of the beachfront over the years accurately depict the growing bustle, the departure from solitude and peace, and the growth of these popular destination beaches. Bondi, in 1959, was both modest and elegant, small and homogeneous. Today, as the most popular beach in the area, it’s apparent how far the nation and surrounding regions have come. All of the things that were celebrated and desired in the past, like swims, picnics, and star-gazing, are still possible in the clear skies of Bondi.
People of the Pacific Islands and Australia know how to relax and enjoy life, how to accept one another, if only on the beach, and how to set aside time for oneself. Fifty years ago and fifty years from now, people will be dining al fresco, serenading loved ones, and planning family picnics on the beaches of this lovely area. Beaches are a vital facet of island life.