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by Nikki Lee (subscribe)
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Published March 7th 2017
Half Moon Bay is certainly a glass half full
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Amazing rock formations


Half Moon Bay is a quaint dog and child friendly beach located in the suburb of Black Rock which is approximately a 20 kilometre drive south-east from Melbourne.

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Half Moon Bay - Beach and Rocks


The Red Bluff rocks at Half Moon Bay are worth the visit in their own right. They are beautiful and interesting rock formations which are an amazing sight to see. Their name was given to them due to the oxidised iron in the cliffs which gives off a burnt orange colour.

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Red Bluff Rocks


Half Moon Bay is located off Beach Road, situated next to the Half Moon Bay Surf Life Saving Club. There is ample parking close to the Beach and there is also another Car Park nearby which is a five minute walk away from the Beach.

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Bay and the Bluff


The Beach is named Half Moon Bay as the shape of the beach is very similar to that of a Crescent Moon.

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The Beach is shaped like a Crescent Moon


A Restaurant/Cafe is located at Half Moon Bay next to the Surf Life Saving Club with a variety of options on the Menu.
Why not make a day of swimming, exploring, enjoying a meal and beverage.

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The Restaurant/Cafe is available for refreshements and a bit to eat


The Pier leads out to a viewing site for the wreckage of the HMVS Cerberus in the sea which has been situated at the Bay since the mid 1920-s. You can also see the wreckage from the Beach.

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Walk the Pier


People were canoeing out to view the remains the day we visited.

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Wreckage of HMVS Cerberus


Overall, as an avid beach visitor, I would rate Half Moon Bay highly on the scale of must-see beaches around Melbourne.

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Surf Lifesaving Club


It is also a great place to relax, put your feet up and enjoy a book!

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Relax and read a Book
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Why? Fun free day trip- family and dog friendly
When: Anytime
Where: Half Moon Bay, 245 Beach Rd, Black Rock, Vic, 3193
Cost: Free
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