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Published December 27th 2018
Victoria is home to some of the most beautiful and picturesque beach scenes.
Summer is here and you are madly trying to book that perfect beachside holiday.bYou can almost feel the sand under your toes and sea breeze in your hair but the year has left your wallet a little tattered. It is possible to still have a beach break without costing the earth - so where do you go?
Whether you are looking for the most beautiful, the most peaceful, always the most affordable, we would love to hear your suggestions.
What are your favourite beach-side locations to travel to in the summer season?
To get the ball rolling, here are a few suggestions:
Made famous by the TV aeries Sea Change Barwon Heads has been a favourite holiday destination for decades.
If you book well in advance, you can get in Barwon Heads caravan park and over the summer season, they organise a whole array of activities for children to keep them happy and busy, so you get to have a break also. If camping is not your style, they also have a few cabins and self-contained units.
From Barwon Heads, you can walk around the bluff, looking for crabs along gentle surf, where the kids can safely swim along the estuary, making this a perfect holiday destination. A new footbridge assists to walk across the bridge and over to Ocean Grove. With a lovely long stretch of white sandy beach, plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants for dinner or rainy days and lazy evenings, the two locations combine to make a great vacation.
In the same general vicinity is the lovely ferry terminal town of Portarlington. These days there is a ferry that runs directly to Portarlington from Docklands - you no longer even have to drive here. You can simply book online (or collect a ticket at the ferry) Walk up to the high-speed catamaran and relax for your trip over the bay.
If you have booked into the Portarlington Caravan park, you will alight and can walk to your caravan park or accommodation, to enjoy a stress-free vacation. Click HERE for the Port Phillip Bay ferries.
In between the Barwon Heads and Portarlington is the up and coming town of Clifton Springs.
The Clifton Springs beach is much more subdued, however, it's quite shallow for a long way out, making it a safe options for children and you can snorkel along the broken pier looking at tiny puffer fish and seahorses near the poles.
The Clifton Springs Golf Club does reasonably priced pub style meals and you can find a few reasonably priced B&Bs in Clifton Springs and Drysdale.
Whilst these three suggestions above are on the Bellarine Peninsula - over to you - we would love to search further around Victoria and hear your secret beachside locations.
Use the comments box of the top of this article to share with the WN readers your thoughts and suggestions and help make this a wonderfully comprehensive insiders guide to the secret beaches around Victoria.
My favourite places are in Sth Gippsland, miles and miles of pristine beaches, never crowded, great swimming, fishing, rock pool exploring, native flora and fauna in the wild, wineries, berry farms, cheese makers, artists, artisans, galleries, Markets......................... too many great things to list. And an easy drive on good roads, within a couple of hours of Melbourne
Lakes Entrance Victoria, swim in the Gippsland Lakes or swim and surf the 90 Mile Beach. Stand up paddle boards, paddle boats kayaks and motorised water sports we have it all.
You can take a cruise see the dolphins, the seals and other wildlife. Go for walks in the forest, or check out the Buchan Cave, so much to do and only a few hours drive from Melbourne