Why it’s getting harder and harder to find your sand patch

Krite said she hasn’t experienced any problems with tent ropes causing a trip hazard or high winds sending gear flying, adding that people usually took down umbrellas in the wind and gear design was constantly improving.

Gareth Sage from Lindfield has owned a CoolCabanas beach pavilion, an Australian design where the structure is stabilized by sand in the pocket of each leg, for about five years and was recently modernized due to mold problems after the wet Sydney winter.

“It means you can just spend hours on the beach and sit in the shade and read a book and hear the crickets and chat with friends instead of sitting in the sun and baking,” he said. “I find umbrellas tend to blow away in the wind, but it doesn’t.”

Sage said there was always a good collection of similar pavilions on Dee Why beach, where he usually swam with his wife and daughters, and there were a “plenty in Yamba” where he vacations.

On social media, people have been sharing images of gazebo-covered beaches at holiday destinations like Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

Fiona Sives, from Croydon, mum of two primary school children, said her pop-up tent, which she bought second-hand for free via Facebook, was a must-have on the beach.

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“I absolutely can’t stand prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or I’ll burn too crispy!” Sives said. “It also helps minimize the sand that gets on me and my stuff.”

Trent Rigby, co-director of management consultancy Retail Oasis, said there has been huge growth in sales of beach gear – mostly shelters but also chairs, loungers and trolleys with big wheels to roll across soft sand.

Rigby said hard sales numbers are hard to come by, as beach gear is usually counted more broadly as outdoor gear, an overall category that has seen tremendous growth, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic.

But he said the sector was once dominated by big department stores like Bunnings and Kmart, which only competed on price. Now other retailers like Rebel, BCF, The Iconic and Kings had entered the market and people were willing to spend more money for a durable, quality product.

These days, you'll find a few metal detectors, selfie cameras, beach tennis and volleyball balls, and plenty of strollers on the beach.

These days, you’ll find a few metal detectors, selfie cameras, beach tennis and volleyball balls, and plenty of strollers on the beach.Credit:Oscar Colman

“A few years ago, all you had to do was go to the beach and realize that everyone generally had exactly the same branded beach gear and accessories, but we’re starting to see that changing,” Rigby said.

He predicted that beach gear would continue to sell well this year due to pressure on the cost of living as the beach is viewed as a low-cost activity for families.

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