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10 Best Melbourne Beaches

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Published April 24th 2017
The best city escape within the city
Melbourne city is known for its culture, art scene, innovative restaurants and the best coffee known to man. But little did you know that it is home to some of the best city beaches in Australia, with pristine and calm bay beaches.

A visit to one of the beaches listed below will certainly impress everyone and make an ideal day out.

1. St Kilda
This most famous and iconic beach of Melbourne offers the perfect day trip from the city to this bayside suburb. It is a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. The beach offers a bustling pier and perfect swimming conditions, making it perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Click here for the website.

St Kilda Beach is the perfect family-friendly beach! Image Courtesy from St Kilda Beach Facebook


2. Elwood Beach
Located just 20 minutes drive from Melbourne's city centre, this beach is a major family attraction, with a sandy bay offering a range of facilities to enjoy. There are picnic & BBQ areas, lawn playgrounds, walking and cycling paths and no boating zones- creating safe swimming waters. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Elwood Beach Park Facebook


3. Half Moon Bay
40 minutes drive from Melbourne lies this crescent shaped beach. Half Moon Bay is a favourite for boating enthusiasts as well as deep-water swimmers (there are zones). The bay's long pier is also perfect for day fishing. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Elwood Beach Park Facebook


4. Brighton Beach
This is by far one of the most picturesque beaches in Melbourne. Brighton Beach is famous and iconic for its 82 bathing boxes adorning its seaside and being just 30 minutes drive from Melbourne a visit here is a must! The beach is perfect for photographers and offers a stunning day out with its 6km coastline of pristine white sands. Click here for the website.

Enjoy a romantic sunset stroll at Half Moon Beach- Image Courtesy from Half Moon Bay Facebook


5. Mothers Beach
As the name suggests, this beach is a favourite among locals because of its family-friendly nature as well as its safe shallow waters. The beach is sheltered by towering cypress trees and offers plenty of BBQ & picnic facilities. The beach is around 1-hour drive from Melbourne. Click here for the website.

6. Williamstown Beach
Being just 20 minutes drive from Melbourne, this beach is best known for its commercial precinct that sits by its coastline. The historic setting of Nelson's Place offers monthly waterside craft markets. The beach is also a perfect spot for deep water swimmers and paddlers. Click here for the website.

Brighton Beach is home to the famous and iconic colourful sheds! Image Courtesy from Brighton Beach Facebook


7. Sorrento
This beach is definitely worth the 90min trip from Melbourne city. With its gorgeous coastline and jetties, there is something for everyone here. The walking tracks offer spectacular views of the natural beauty and there are a number of clear water rock pools, making it the ultimate Melbourne beach day city escape! Click here for the website.

Enjoy the spectacular beaches at Mornington Peninsula- Image Courtesy from Mornington Peninsula Facebook


8. Altona Beach
Within 25 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD, this beach is a great spot for a quiet day out. The beach is famous for the surprising amount of seaweed found here. With frequent cleaning, this beach is the perfect spot to enjoy a swim, soak up the rays or enjoying kite-surfing. Click here for the website.

Enjoy the sunsets at Williamstown Beach- Image Courtesy from Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood - Community Updates Facebook


9. Mornington Peninsula
Being an hour away from Melbourne city, this is the ultimate perfect escape, even for just a day! Be welcomed to European coastal villages, regional gallery, sidewalk cafes, and a number of colourful bathing boxes. There are numerous beaches both sheltered and open to the sea to enjoy. Click here for the website.

10. Hampton
This beach-side suburb offers a great day out with its 17km of arts trail, safe waters making it ideal for swimming along the wide stretch sandy beach. The shore also offers spectacular cliff points, where taking in the stunning views will leave you in awe. It is around a 30-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. Click here for the website.
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When: All year round
Where: Melbourne & surrounds- see above
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