Past events


McGregor’s Rock to the Ricketts Point Tea House
Sunday 17 June – 10 am assembled at McGregor’s Rock for Ray Lewis’ Sea Country Walk

Then walk to Banksia Point with Murray Orr while he talks ancient fossils in our unique marine sanctuary

Next, walk the open cliffs with Professor John Buckeridge explaining the Geology of the local area

Saving the best till last, walk and talk in the Barguuk Womens’ Garden with Betty Lewis who will educate us about Aboriginal Secret Women’s business, as well as indigenous plants and their uses

11am return to Ricketts Point Tea House for hot coffee, tea, chocolate, soup, a warm fire & congenial company

This is our second year of Winter and Summer Solstice walks – a free service offered by volunteers of MESAC!

This will be a Zen walk, living completely in the present moment – mobile phones turned off or on silent; friendly, calm dogs welcome; ideal for photographers to capture local foreshore life.

Any queries, please call 0408 800 685


Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February 2018; 10 am – 4 pm

Beaumaris Yacht Club, Corner Beach & Haydens Roads, Beaumaris VIC 3193   MAP

Great activities – all welcome!

Saturday 11am – Aboriginal Sea Country & Local Heritage Walk by Ray Lewis OAM

Saturday 3pm – Making Paper Fish with local artist, Diana Pearce

Sunday 10am – Children’s sand sculpting with local artist, Betty Knight

People’s Choice Awards – prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for artist winners!

Refreshments too. ALL WELCOME. Gold coin donation admission

Unfortunately, no wheelchair access

For queries Email:  Mobile: 0408 800 685

Kindly sponsored by MESAC and Bayside Beaches Real Estate.


This was our third, very successful Marine Art Exhibition, we have doubled the numbers of artists and work displayed, and are planning for bigger and better art show for Sat-Sun, 04-05 May 2019.   So save the date in your diaries and calendars!


Special MESAC with Beaumaris Secondary College Event during National Science Week

Special MESAC Community Event – a great 9 day event – 750 visitors attended with 21 top level speakers from all over Victoria in 2016.

Scientists, educators, parents, grandparents, children, general public….all are always welcome!

As part of the National Science Week 2015, MESAC ran a very successful 9 day program, with some 450 adults and 300 children attending. After 5 months of planning we launched the program with 21 high quality speakers from around the State. 24 of our wonderful volunteers from both MCRP and the BYC were there to support and help coordinate the weekend. Their help was invaluable and we thank them sincerely.

The Gould League were also greatly involved and ran five sessions. Thank you to all the attendees, presenters and volunteers.

This year we held a special National Science Week event at the Beaumaris Secondary College on Saturday 18 August from 10am to 1.30pm. All welcome and we had at least 50 people attend. 

Marine Mammal Foundation, Dr Kate Charlton-Robb bio

Special MESAC and BESSI Fossil Exposition Event

At least 150 people came from all over Melbourne to experience and learn all about fossils, which raised awareness about the unique fossil heritage area within the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. Richard Casley and Ben Francischelli, as well as Professor John Buckeridge all gave wonderful talks full of fossil facts, experiences and anecdotes about their finds.

Biography of one of our speakers!

Ben Francischelli is a Vertebrate Palaeontologist from Museums Victoria, where he has been exploring the southern coastline of prehistoric Australia for ancient marine organisms. His work has a focus on whales, but he’ll pretty much work on anything that has a backbone and exists within the marine environment. Ben has been on numerous palaeontological digs and has found evidence of of mega-toothed sharks, the largest birds that took to the sky and crazy weird whales unknown to science. Ben can talk your ear off about whales, their evolution and loves hating Jurassic World.

He has over five years experience in public speaking in numerous formats, is the science adviser for “Bayside Earth Sciences Society” and is creating a documentary series about the strange life of lesser-known animals that exist within Victoria, with a current emphasis on Livyatan, a 5 million year old killer sperm whale that ate other whales.

This talk focused on the extinct fauna that can be found at Beaumaris, from the largest predators that ever existed, to giant wombats that roamed on land over 5 million years ago.