As a city-dweller who grew up beach-side, I feel the longing for that cool, salty water every summer, and am frustrated that the nice swimming beaches are generally difficult to access via public transport. That is, until now.
I've recently discovered Mordialloc beach, and it has changed my summers. Just one day of sun and sea can really change your week, and with Mordialloc being easy, relatively close-by, and boasting clean sand and water, it is exactly the pick-me-up I needed this summer.
Mordialloc beach is part of the Port Phillip beach circuit, much cleaner and quieter than St Kilda or Sandringham beaches. The wide-sanded beach stretches from Mordialloc to Mentone, giving sea-seekers plenty of space to stretch out and claim their own piece of sand, without having to listen to the conversation of your neighbours.
Behind the beach sits a large row of shops, cafes, a supermarket, and fast food diners, making Mordialloc the perfect beach day trip for those who want to simply grab their towel and leave the house. Being beach-side, there is no shortage of seafood on offer.
For those who are after a cheaper and faster feed, however, there are at least two bakeries, a vegetarian café, and a supermarket for economical and filling snacks.
If you're like me and sans-vehicle, you can access Mordialloc beach on the Frankston line train, departing regularly from Flinders Street Station. The train trip will take you 40 minutes, which passes quickly on this scenic line. Alight at Mordialloc station and cross under the rail line via the tunnel, to head south to the shops and beach. The beach is a 5 minute walk (if that) from the train station, and easy to find.
A great way to finish off your beach day is with a visit to the Parkdale Beach Café and Kiosk, for a sweet treat or iced coffee. The café is located just north of the walkway, midway between Mordialloc and Mentone, so makes a nice pit stop for tired legs.