Best beaches in Melbourne

19 January 2017 | UK/Ireland GPs | 3 minutes read

Best beaches in Melbourne

Top Melbourne Beaches

Melbourne is known for its arts, sports and fashion – but Melbourne also has amazing beaches and many long hot summer days when you can enjoy them.

Beach Huts

We’ve put together our top picks for a beach day out in Melbourne:

  • St Kilda Beach

The closest option to the CBD, St Kilda beach is also home to a large marina for boating enthusiasts.  Try relaxing by the beachside in one of the cafes, or stroll over to nearby Acland Street for amazing patisseries. The sea baths are well worth a look and you can take the kids for some rides and fun at Luna Park.

  • Brighton Beach

Home of the iconic beach boxes – where you will see many a photo of the Australian Open winners. Brighton beach is a photo opportunity like no other.  Along with the obligatory happy snapping, there is a safe swimming beach for families and children and it’s only a 20-minute drive from the CBD.

  • Bells Beach

Ok, we may be cheating a little here (a little over an hour drive from Melbourne) but you can’t miss the world famous Bells Beach.  Home of the Rip Curl Pro – the oldest professional surfing competition in the world, and famous for its starring role in the movie “Point Break”, anyone who has a passing interest in surfing or beach culture must visit.

  • Portsea

The holiday playground of the rich and famous, Portsea has much to see and do.  From a relaxing drink with a beautiful view at the local Portsea Pub, to exploring the nearby Cheviot beach where Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared without a trace in 1967.  The rugged back beach (Ocean beach) is not recommended for swimming but has some spectacular scenery and the Point Nepean National Park has some fascinating wartime history.

You can also take the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff on the other side of Port Phillip Bay and explore the Bellarine Peninsula – or the famous surfing mecca of Bells Beach.

  • Altona Beach

Considerably less well known than some of its counterparts on the eastern side of the bay, Altona beach is somewhat of a well-kept secret from most Melburnians.  A specific section of the beach is set aside for kite surfing if you are looking for something different, and the pier is great for a relaxing stroll or some great photos. The beach has gentle, child-friendly swimming conditions so are great for a family day out.  A great range of cafes is also available at the nearby Altona Village.

  • BonBeach

BonBeach is known for its tranquil shallow clear waters and beautiful soft sand. This beach is the perfect location for young families with toddlers and small children. Bonbeach is located 31km south-east from Melbourne’s CBD.

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