Library and Resources

See HERE our catalogue of books for loan by members. To borrow any of these, please send an email request via our contact page.

Please remember to return the items promptly.

We gladly accept donations of books, CDs and items relevant to marine education and learning.

Other Resources for Loan 

MCRP has a range of assets and equipment which are available for loan to financial members. These include an underwater camera, movie camera, projector, water proof binoculars, underwater viewing tube, GPS, portable loudspeaker system, and digital microscope.

Weather and Water Conditions

Beaumaris Forecast (weather, wind, and tides):

EPA Water Quality Report: In summer EPA forecasts and monitors bacterial water quality at 36 beaches in Port Phillip Bay under the EPA Beach Report program. This gives up-to-date information on water quality between December and March.

Bay Temp:

Local wind and waves  – check from the Beaumaris Yacht Club Webcam:

Species Identification    

Fish Identification Chart – some fish species you may encounter on a snorkel in the Sanctuary.

The Urban Sanctuary – sea weeds and invertebrates (shell fish, crabs etc), that live in the Sanctuary.

Parks Victoria – Online Educational Resources for students –

Taxonomic toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay –

Other useful links

Description Link
A Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay Action Plan, Victorian Government, December 2013

Second year Achievements

 Bayside Council Coastal Management Plan 2014
Bayplay provided Marine Care Ricketts Point with spectacular underwater photos.
Birdlife Bayside
City of Bayside Indigenous Trails

Dave Reinhard’s marine images
Parks Victoria – Online Educational Resources for students
Taxonomic toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay

Marine Education Centre – Other information

The Marine Education Centre was developed by Marine Care Ricketts Point, and is currently housed within Beaumaris Life Saving Club. It includes a fabulous learning environment with display panels and audio-visual theatre that is right next to accessible rock pools, sandy beaches and a rich array of intertidal and coastal plant and animal life. The centre provides shelter and amenities as required for education programs and is a wonderful resource to support student’s learning. This space is available to rent on a fee-for-service basis.

School Excursions

Long time environmental education specialists, Gould League (est. 1909) run marine excursions for primary and secondary students, with discovery-based activities in and around the Sanctuary and Marine Education Centre. Students explore the beach, rock pools, marine artefacts and Marine Education Centre and learn how to minimise human impact on this ecosystem. Schools interested in Education Programs available please contact Gould League marine excursions at

Visitors and Groups wishing to book the Beaumaris Life Saving Club 2 function rooms below please contact lifesaving club at

Licenced Tour Operators

If you need MEC session support please click here to contact a Licensed Tour Operator

Teachers’ Resources

MCRP has prepared teachers’ resources suitable for use by educators looking for “something different” to present to students, prior to a visit to the marine sanctuary. The resources should enable teachers to take self guided tours. You can print or download the articles listed below.

MEC Introductory Panels A guide for teachers when talking students through the wall panel displays.

MEC Teacher’s Resource A guide to teachers covering local Aboriginal history, foreshore plants, local marine life, some geology and a model view of the reef based life cycle. Also a guide to Coastal Indigenous Trial walks.

Script of Audio Plants Walk This script will enable teachers to take an informed beach walk, from the starting point of the Beaumaris Life Saving Club on Beaumaris Beach discussing most foreshore plants.This great resource was written and narrated by Rosemary MacLean.