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Published August 24th 2018
Walk on the beach (by Nick Harris / CC BY 2.5)
On a coastal walk in Melbourne, you'll find cliffs, beaches, pools, creeks, native plants and animals, innovative architecture and aboriginal and colonial history.
Make time for the treats along with way, with cafes, restaurants, child-friendly parks, leisure centres, hire boats, fishing spots and friendly locals on the trail.
Whichever walk you choose, you'll enjoy it but safety is a top priority.
Be prepped with supplies – water, snacks, appropriate clothing (hat, long-sleeve shirt, jumper, rainjacket, sunglasses, sturdy walking shoes), mobile phone, camera, backpack.
Let a friend know where you're going and when you'll finish. These walks are signposted – watch for paths shared with cyclists.
Start your walk along the water's edge with these top 5 coastal walks in Melbourne:
Bayside Coastal Trail
From Brighton to Beaumaris, the cliffs and beaches bring nature lovers, history buffs and art aficionados.
The local council has created self-guided walks with Indigenous, artistic, historical and environmental themes.
On the history trail, you'll find Sandringham's H.M.V.S. Cerberus, a century of tales of bathers plucked from open seas, Moreton Bay Fig trees at Black Rock House and the chequered history of the Great Southern Hotel.