Volleyball became my favourite pastime since I moved down under. A number of beaches to choose from, great weather what else could you ask for? I used to play indoor volley when I was at primary school so I had some skills but it wasn’t easy to begin with. I’m a fairly fit person, jog once or twice a week, go to yoga and swim every week so I thought it will be easy. I was wrong (yet again…). It’s completely different dynamics when you are exercising with sand by your feet. It’s so much work, not easy to run or jump. My last training invalid crawling in the sand without using legs or elbows (hands only), then we ran on our knees and did some other boot camp type things. I could not move the next day. All of my muscles were in agony (good type of pain though). My favourite place to play beach volleyball is Coogee Beach. You have to be a member to play however it’s fairly inexpensive. In 2012 it was $75 for 1 year of membership and $35 one-off joining fee. You can also participate in the trainings where you pay $10 per 2 hour class by bank transfer (minimum payment: 5 lessons, if you pay for 10 you get one 1 so 11 in total), drop-in session is $15 cash. There are different levels available starting with beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced. Go to http://www.cbva.org.au/ for more info.
I also play in Manly Beach. This place has permanent nets so you can play anytime and it’s free. The courts are floodlit so you can play when it gets dark too (no excuses ;-)) http://www.nbva.org.au/manly-courts-guidelines
There are also people playing in Tamarama or Bondi but you must have your own net or know someone who’s got one…. THere’s very little information on the following website so I guess just turn up and speak to someone: http://www.beachvolley.com.au/index.html