Living as we do, a stone’s throw from the ocean - or more precisely its sandy, warm-watered, wave-rich shoreline - it’s no surprise that we’re mad for the beach.

Here’s a handful of bite-sized stories, told by a cross-section of deadset Sydney ‘beachniks’.

They’ve each been developed as part of the Museum of Sydney’s hands on summer exhibition Sand in the City and remind us that while our love and affection for the coast is widely shared, the motivations for ‘hitting the beach’, along with the range of things we do there, are many and varied.

So grab your thongs, cossies and towel, slap on some factor 30 and get ready for a frothy line-up of sunny, salty and sandy tales.