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Published March 16th 2016
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The eclectic Elwood Beach, Elwood, Melbourne VIC 3184.


Elwood Beach is a gorgeous and eclectic part of the world around 9kms from the Melbourne CBD. Just around the corner from St Kilda Beach, Elwood has a solid cultural feel to its surrounds as evidenced by its patches of graffiti, skateboarders and eateries- but it also serves a wonderful and friendly all ages beach, and accordingly competes with Dendy Street Beach, Sandringham Beach, and Half Moon Bay as one of Melbourne's most beautiful seaside spots.

With a wide long expanse of coast, beautiful scenery and a number of drawcards surrounding it, Elwood beautifully caters to those who wish to at once remain close to the city; yet feel far enough away from its concerns of work and business on a hot summer day.

In the first, there is of course the beach itself. A broad expanse of yellow sand, with calm waters and a good depth within the water, this is an ideal beach for those who'd aspire not only to sit in the sand but also to get in a few long haul laps as they could at a swimming pool. In turn, with Elwood often featuring some low lying waves of half a metre or so, this is a great place to bring the kids if keen on a bit of boogie boarding and wave riding.

There there is also the deck lifesaving club and a number of trees closeby to sit under, ensuring once you're done in the water you can skip sitting in the hot sand.

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The sea and shade are a winning combination.



Further, another handy feature of the beach is the presence of a Bayside Trail bike and running track literally just metres from the shore. With this, its worth watching out for a particular turn at the back of the restaurant (many a cyclist and latte have been spilled if going too fast and unexpectedly coming across this intersection) but save for this the trail is largely pristine.

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The path behind the restaurant can be fun but isn't free flowing...


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...but fortunately most of the path is along the Bay trail at Elwood is.


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The walking/running path next right next to sand is also a perfect spot to exercise on.


Not only does this offer opportunity to get in some exercise on your bike or in running shoes, but is also a nice spot to stroll along post-swim. This is especially so with Point Ormond Hill looking over the beach.

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The view from Point Ormond overlooking Elwood beach.


As well as offering a gorgeous view of Elwood beach, turn and face the other way to find a great view of Melbourne's Skyline, St Kilda Beach, and even the Spirit of Tasmania in dock at Port Melbourne.

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The city-side view as seen from Point Ormond Hill.


Point Ormond Hill represents a wonderful spot to take in the wider vista of the surrounds, going from a swim - getting an ice cream - then hiking up the Hill to eat in the sunshine very much represents what is so great about spending time by the Bay in Melbourne.

Alongside the beach and Point Ormond, there are a number of amenities along the shore with Point Ormond Cafe, Elwood Beach House Cafe and even Sails by the Bay all dotted along the beach or nearby. What's more, there is even fields and cricket nets behind the beach.

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The perfect spot for some post-swim cricket.


All these attractions brought together offer you a great way to spend an entire sunny evening or weekend afternoon at the beach will all needs for food, drinks, and fun in close reach.

In sum, Elwood holds much diversity and many options for how to have fun in the sun. A beach well worth a visit in Bayside.
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Why? A wonderful beach just 9kms from the CBD
When: Daylight hours 7 days a week.
Phone: none
Where: Elwood Beach, Elwood, Melbourne, Victoria 3184
Cost: Free (Parking in surrounding vicinity at cost)
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It's lovely that you can enjoy such a clean and beautiful beach so close to the CBD of a major city. Melbourne is marvellous.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6230) 1185 days ago
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