A family friendly SUP Destination – Dromana is just off the Mornington Peninsula freeway with a long stretch of white sand beach that faces west towards Sorrento and stretches all the way from Safety Beach to Anthony’s Nose.
When the wind is blowing from an easterly direction – from north east to south east, you’ll find beautiful calm waters and sheltered spots to indulge in some tranquil flat water stand up paddling.
With ample parking all along the foreshore area, there’s easy access to the beaches. Crystal clear waters create a great paddling environment for beginners and there’s often fish, sea stars, stingrays, dolphins and the occasional seal to attract your attention.
The area is perfect for families with shallow waters and a sandy seafloor, though it does get very busy in the summer months.
When the easterly wind is up around 20 – 25kt, then conditions become ideal for experienced paddlers to do a downwind run from Dromana to Rosebud or even further to Rye.
The name Dromana is possibly of Irish origin, and could have come from an influx of gold prospectors in the late 1830s. There is a Dromana on the tidal section of the Blackwater River, near Cappoquin, County Waterford in Ireland, and could be the origin of the name.
In 1841, Hugh Jamieson purchased 5,120 acres (2,070 ha), or eight square miles, of land from the Crown for ₤1 an acre under the terms of the short-lived Special Survey regulations. The purchase included the northern part of the present suburb of Dromana to the east of Safety Beach. The area is known as Jamieson’s Special Survey in cadastral surveys.
The first subdivision of Crown lands in Dromana occurred in 1854. Dromana Post Office opened on 12 April 1858. The completion of its pier took place in 1872, allowing the shipping of produce to the city markets. In 1881, Dromana was well established as a seaside resort.