Beaumaris Modern OPEN

OPEN day is this Sunday in Beaumaris! Our 5 fabulous home owners have been frantically fluffing cushions, our volunteers have been briefed and we’re hoping for the rain to blow away.

There’s going to be a lot going on, so here’s your guide for our big day.

We are sold out!

There will be no further ticket sales available on the day. Sorry the event is at capacity and we want to ensure everyone can get around beautiful Beaumaris and have an enjoyable time.

Attendee Registration

All attendees must first register in person at Beaumaris Bowls Club in order to get a wristband and brochure featuring the properties and a map. Without an event wristband, you will not be allowed to access any of the properties. Please do not remove the wristband until you’ve completed your house touring for the day.

Registration commences at 10.00am sharp and starts to wind down around 1.30-2pm. You can still register after this time, but we advise you could very easily run out of time to see all the homes so it’s best to be an early bird. Homes will close at 4.00pm sharp.

Either bring your printed or digital tickets on the day. To process you swiftly, we’ll be asking for the names on the tickets. If someone purchased you a ticket that’s not in your name, please provide the ticketed name for ease of check-in.

Bowls Club Marketplace

At our event HQ, from the get-go, we’ll have Fullblast coffee churning out the coffees and pastries to get you moving. Support our fabulous mid-century Bowls Club by grabbing a snag on bread.

Inside the club, aside from registration, we’ll have a lot going-on to grab your interest:

  • talented local artisans selling their work – read more about them
  • Beaumaris Books offering a range of mid-century books,
  • Beaumaris Cellars with a special offer on their annual BoMo OPEN mixed dozen
  • The Mid-Century Store, selling wonderful homewares (keep an eye out for their breeze block keyrings!)
  • the talented kids of Beaumaris Modern Junior, with a range of products they’ve worked hard to create,
  • the National Trust Victoria and our local Save BAG Studios campaigners – sign the petition to save our significant Beaumaris Art Group studio building designed by Charles Bricknell (his original family home featuring as one of our OPEN homes).

By midday we’ll also have our food vendors set-up, serving tacos and paella. The Bowls Club bar will open at lunchtime and we welcome you to venture back to enjoy the clubs garden area and explore our marketplace further.

And all attendees and our volunteers are welcome back to the club from 4pm for post-event drinks.

Getting around

The five homes will be revealed to attendees upon check-in. Our keep-sake brochure with map will offer insights into the homes and their architects.

Last year we were encouraged by how many attendees walked and cycled, enjoying our magnificent streetscapes and peering at other Beauy mid-century classics along the way.

All 5 homes are within walking distance of the Bowls Club. Three are an easy 2.5km circuit, whilst the other two would be a 4km circuit, in the other direction.

This is not an Open for Inspection

Whilst the amazing team from Hodges Beaumaris and our volunteers will be on hand to assist, these properties are not for sale and are the owners personal homes. Please tread lightly and respect the owners personal property and clearly marked no access areas. There is no need to check if the cupboard hinges work or how comfortable the chairs are. Equate your tours to visiting a gallery or museum.

Mind your step

Some of the architecture on display is still original from the mid-century era (50’s – 70’s), so there may be features such as ballustrades, stairs, etc. that pre-date current building codes. Please bear that in mind before entering and be mindful of your step as you gaze at the architecture and design. We have undertaken a risk assessment of each property and have taken every precaution to ensure attendees safety and well-being.

Respect our volunteers

We have around 80 community volunteers assisting us in this event. We’re all giving up part of our Sunday, so please be patient and take their direction and guidance. Volunteers, home owners and our committee will be clearly identified as they will be wearing our Beaumaris Modern lanyards and badges. Many of our volunteers will have been sent additional briefing notes on the homes, but please don’t expect them to be architectural historians. We are hoping our curated selection of homes will trigger lively debate about preservation, sympathetic renovation and building opportunities that respect our unique mid-century streetscapes.

Stay safe on the road

There’s a lot going on this Sunday in Bayside. Parking and roads may be congested. Beware of cyclists, particularly along Beach Road and children particularly near our parks and sporting fields.

If driving, be warned that you may have to park some distance from the Bowls Club and some of the houses. Please be mindful of neighbouring homes and park respectfully.

Have a great day!

Here’s some great moments from our inaugural OPEN.


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