Through a play day filled with choices at the beach with supportive adults, unexpected challenges and social experiences all help children to build far more than sand castles.
Dumping millions of cubic metres of sand on the beach stops people from dealing with the reality of coastal erosion.
Recent reports describe people dying from infections caused by flesh-eating bacteria. But that doesn't that mean you can't still enjoy time at the beach frolicking in warm water.
Traditional water quality test results tell you what was happening at the beach yesterday. More real-time answers can be a boon for public health.
Migrants are no more at risk of drowning than Australian-born swimmers but you'd never know from media reports.
The irukandji jellyfish can be deadly and particularly hard to trace. However, emerging technology offers a solution.
Elusive and mysterious by nature, ordinary people are revealing the secrets of the UK's octopuses.
Birds can usually sense when they are not feeling well and like many other creatures, seem to seek out-of-the-way places to be alone.
Whenever summer rolls around, it's easy to forget the basics of sunscreen. How long should I wait after applying it to go in the sun, and how long can I stay in the sun with it on?
Lucky Bay on WA's south coast has been scientifically declared to have the whitest sand in Australia. But if you think your local beach can take the title, we want to hear from you.
There is a direct correlation between the age of the builder, spade size and the speed at which boredom sets in.
In many ways, the conflict we see on our beaches may be a small price to pay for the free and open access to our beaches, which Australians have long fought to preserve.
Wild seas have left beaches eroded and houses close to collapse.
Africa has some wonderful beaches. A serious traveller should visit at least one of them once in a lifetime.
Blue bottles have been washing up on beaches lately, but what exactly are they? And are you really supposed to pee on their stings?
The beach collapse at Inskip in Queensland might look like a sinkhole, but it was likely triggered by very different forces.
More research may not necessarily prove to be the answer to shark attacks. Instead, we should look at programs that are already working, such as aerial patrols.
But sandy beaches aren't just tourist eye candy – they're a vital defence against coastal erosion.
Dead whales can cost beachside ratepayers a lot to clean up. The alternative is to tow them away before they wash up - but the legal question of who does the job is far more complex than it sounds.
Turtle development is affected by low oxygen in the nest, new research carried out in Costa Rica shows. And there are lessons for conservation globally.