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Where's the Best Coast Walk in Melbourne?

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Published August 24th 2018
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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.

Visit Bayside Council.


Two Bays Walking Track
Escape the city on the Mornington Peninsula, forging across 26 kilometres of tranquil greenery. Pause to spot kangaroos hopping past as eagles and Superb Fairy-wrens soar overhead.

Walk beside ancient grass-trees, stretching ever-higher for over 200 years.

At the halfway mark on the trail, picnic at Seawinds Gardens, with views into Port Phillip Bay.

Between Pulpit and Elephant Rock, bandits in metal helmets aren't waiting in Bushrangers Bay, making it a safe must-see for the basalt cliffs.

If you only have an hour or two, there are plenty of shorter circuits to choose from.

Click Parks Victoria to plan your route.

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Bright beach houses (by StAnselm / Public Domain)


Foreshore Trail
When autumn leaves fall, F1 cars scream around Albert Park, cheered by over 100,000 motorsport fans.

For the weekend visitor Port Phillip's Foreshore Trail is a serene slice of suburbia within shouting distance of the duelling drivers on the race track.

The 11-kilometre trail can be tackled in 3 hours but take your time to discover the local foodie and photographic treats.

Highlights include Monarch Cakes (St Kilda's best baked goods since 1920), Mr. Moon's gaping grin at Luna Park and the Art Deco Centenary Bridge.

Click City of Port Phillip for the map.


Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail
Head for the imposing Westgate Bridge, the choke point for peak hour traffic snarls above the Scienceworks Museum, to begin a maritime adventure.

Amble through Williamstown, building pace to reach Skeleton Creek, 23 kilometres distant.

Watch for the signposts of nautical history, as you pass splashes of nature, with wetlands, beaches and gardens all featured on the trail.

You can swim on the Esplanade at Point Gellibrand, tackle the 100 Steps at Truganina Park and breeze through the trail on a bicycle.

Click Hobsons Bay City Council for more details.

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All smiles at Luna Park (by Urgeback / CC BY-SA 3.0)


Altona Coastal Park
Tucked in Hobsons Bay Trail, Altona Coastal Park entices hikers, cyclists and dog-walkers with 70 hectares of racing history, plant, animal, and geological gems.

Birdlovers will delight at the giant petrels, blue wrens, crimson robins and red-legged oyster catchers.

Watch your steps though as the odd tiger snake has slithered through the grasslands.

If you hear the thundering of horses, it may be your imagination, excited by the last sections of Williamstown Racecourse and the tall red sculpture, Requiem for a Champion.

Pause at the salt marshes or continue into the seabed at low tide, walking on water for spectacular views of the coastline at Port Phillip Bay, stretching into Melbourne City.

Click Walking Maps for more details.


Have you found another classic coastal walk in Melbourne? Please let us know, we love to discover new favourites.



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Williamstown Wetlands/Jawbone Reserve - amazing amount of birdlife!
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