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Childhood memories make beach spot special

Lyn Forrest loves Second Beach at Tannum Sands as much now as the first time she visited as a child.
Lyn Forrest loves Second Beach at Tannum Sands as much now as the first time she visited as a child. Luka Kauzlaric

CONJURING fond memories of her childhood, no place is better than Second Beach at Tannum Sands in the eyes of Lyn Forrest.

"My grandmother owned one of the first 12 blocks at Tannum Beach. I've been coming here since I was a toddler," she said.

"When I was a child, I used to spend hours playing house on the rocks, pretending to wash dishes and clothes in the rockpools. I also learnt to swim here."

Vivid childhood memories have been passed down through generations, and Mrs Forrest now brings her own grandchildren to the same location.

"I now bring my grandkids here when they visit to enjoy the same pleasures," she said.

"This is the perfect spot for a relaxed family outing - sun, sand, sea and shade. Something for everyone."

Mrs Forrest also provides a unique window into how the coastal landscape has changed since she began visiting, many years ago.

"There are more rocks in the middle of the beach now," she said.

"And the sand dunes have been pushed right back to the house now."

Mrs Forrest says she would implement minor changes to the beach environment, only to ensure its conservation.

"I would do something to change the flow of the stormwater to mitigate the erosion and loss of she-oaks," she said.

"Otherwise, it is perfect! During the week I often walk along the beach without seeing anyone else - it is perfect Robinson Crusoe territory."

Topics:  beach, childhood, my special place, tannum sands




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