Sandringham (colloquially known as Sandy) is a beachside suburb of Melbourne, located beside Port Phillip at the end of the Sandringham railway line, 19 km (12 mi) southeast of Melbourne’s central business district.
Sandringham is a popular location for beachgoers, sightseers, walkers, picnickers, photographers, cyclists and shoppers. It has a quaint village atmosphere with a number of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants (Greek, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese), take-away food outlets, gourmet food outlets, clothing stores, boutique homewares, hairdressers, professional offices, multi-story apartments, real estate agents, bakeries, a modern bookshop, a news agency, Coles supermarket, a health food store, a chemist, an award-winning library, a historical society, a large modern police station, a medical centre, a Life Saving club, a video store, a hardware store, wine store/bars, a bank, a large modern hotel (The Sandy) with a balcony overlooking the bay, a bike track and a coastal walking track. The trip by train to and from Melbourne city takes 27 minutes. Buses travel between the Sandringham railway station and St Kilda, Westfield’s Southland complex and the Chadstone Shopping complex. The Sandringham Yacht Club is host to a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht race winners and a vibrant dinghy sailing community. The main streets are home to some elegant old buildings, including the railway station.
The adjoining suburban of Hampton also has a railway station on the Sandringham line and hosts a large “high street” shopping and activity centre. In addition to the facilities at Sandringham, Hampton has a modern gymnasium, a bulk food store and a number of bike shops, butchery’s and fishmongers.
Situated on the foreshore of Port Phillip, the Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC), one of Australia’s most progressive and awarded yacht clubs, presenting world class sporting and event facilities right on the water’s edge. The SYC has a recently built clubhouse with training, race administration and dedicated dinghy sailing facilities and launching, a 356 berth floating marina, Boating Academy, waterfront support services (including fuel, boat maintenance and chandlery), extensive hard stand and multiple entertainment venues.
Whilst participating in the regatta, Laser sailors will have honorary membership of the club and will therefore have access to the grounds, extensive terraces with views over Port Phillip, members bar, members lounge, changing facilities and the off-the-beach clubhouse.