Although most people come to Melbourne for the food, city and culture, it’s impossible to overlook its beaches. They’re a little different from the beaches in other parts of Australia. They don’t exactly stretch on for miles, the waves aren’t huge and sharks are rare here, but that’s part of their appeal. From lively and popular to quiet and peaceful, check out the best beaches in Melbourne.
1. Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach is six kilometres long, but it’s Dendy Street Beach that brings in the tourists and locals alike to see the famous Brighton’s Bathing Boxes. If you have $300,000 lying around it is possible to purchase one, but enjoying the beach is free for all. Come have a picnic here and swim in the sea while taking in Melbourne’s skyline. The distant towering skyscrapers combined with the boxes make this beach one of the most IG-worthy spots in the world! It is also just a short walk from all the restaurants, shops and galleries that make Brighton a popular upmarket suburb.
2. St Kilda Beach
St Kilda Beach is to Melbourne like Bondi Beach is to Sydney, only without the camera crew and crowd. Its soft sand, calm waves, 168-year-old pier, and its boardwalk promenade make it one of the most popular beaches in Melbourne for locals and tourists alike. If you’re in for some ocean therapy, St Kilda is a great spot to swim, kitesurf and stand up paddle. The beach isn’t the only attraction. For those who want to stay on land, there are a number of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops where you can enjoy the seabreeze alongside some food, coffee, and retail therapy.
3. Williamstown Beach
Known as ‘Willy Beach’ to the locals, Williamstown Beach is a popular spot for sunbathers, swimmers and sailors. But the real draw at Williamstown is Gem Pier, which boasts of a clear, unobstructed view of the city skyline. It’s no wonder this place is such a hotspot for catching the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. During summer months there are patrols on the beach, making it an ideal day out spot for families. For some extra sightseeing, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Hatt Reserve, and Fearon Reserve are all within walking distance.
4. Sandringham Beach
Once a popular spot for Melbournites of yesteryears, Sandringham Beach still retains a unique old-world charm plus traditional beachside vibe. The more popular northern half is patrolled and lined by soft golden sand, while the southern half is backed by steep bluffs and has a wilder vibe. Like many beaches in Melbourne, Sandringham Beach is great for swimming, sunbathing and off beach activities. There are walking and jogging trails that run adjacent to it, along with a variety of shops.
5. Half Moon Bay
Named after its crescent shape, Half Moon Bay is 40 minutes from Melbourne, in the suburb of Black Rock. Not too far from the shore is the wreck of the HMVS Cerberus, which now serves as a breakwater and draws in aquatic life, making it an ideal spot for divers. Shielded from the weather, the bay draws in boating enthusiasts and swimmers, while The Pier is a popular fishing spot. They also have the oldest surf lifesaving club in Victoria, and with plenty of parking space and places to eat, this beach is easily accessible and one of our favourite beaches in Melbourne.