We didn't visit the beach much as children. We all burn easily, and were never very good swimmers. In contrast, my kids love the beach, and are confident swimmers. Not that they were actually swimming this time - its only August, after all. We spent a lot of time on the sand this visit, and enjoyed it.
On our last day, we enjoyed the (free) breakfast at 8, then spent a quick hour on the beach before showering the kids again (an ongoing theme) and checking out by 12. This last beach play was definitely worth the trouble as while we were there a couple of dolphins cruised past us slowly. Magic!
After leaving the beach, we went for a family bush walk. It went through both rainforest and dry eucalypt forest, and had fascinating remnants of logging throughout. A lovely walk and the perfect length for the children to manage.
Most of the time, I'm happy to live in Canberra. But when it's nearly the end of winter, it's such a treat to go to the coast, feel the warm air, and use my Sunday again. Now I can manage to wait for the warm weather.