The weather is heating up so it's time to start thinking of hitting the beach. Before you do, don't forget that there are a number of rules, regulations and guidelines that you'll need to remember.
1 - Dogs
We all love taking our pets to the beach with us, but on the other hand there's nothing worse than having a dog charge through your sun shade. Most seaside councils will have 'leash-off' areas where your dogs can roam free (provided they are not aggressive), and most beaches permit dogs that are on leads. Rules and regulations vary dramatically in different areas though, so always check signs when you arrive at the beach - and don't forget to clean up after your pets!
2 - Collecting Shells
This is yet another difficult area. Each state has different regulations on collecting shells, and these are different again in national parks. You should always check the signs before you head out to the beach - they will usually tell you if taking shells is permitted.
3 - Photographs
Whilst there are no laws stopping you from taking personal photos with strangers in them, taking photos of other people at the beach should obviously be discouraged. It is illegal to take photos of people in areas where they would expect 'reasonable privacy' and beaches could certainly fall into this category. If you are taking photos for commercial use (as we would here at Sightsee TV), then most councils will require you to apply for a permit.
4 - Weddings and Events
Yet again an area that changes depending on the council. Some councils allow 'informal' weddings and functions that don't involve marquees or prevent public access to hold their event for free without a permit. Check with the council for details.
5 - Ball Games
Good old games like beach cricket at permitted at most beaches, but exercise common sense - don't get in the way or play in an area where you could injure bystanders.