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Published March 30th 2016
A Vibrant Melbourne Beach
Hampton Beach, Beach Bayside, Beach Melbourne, Melbourne Bayside Beach, Port Phillip Bay
Overlooking Hampton Beach and towards the Melbourne CBD


Hampton Beach is a magnificent spot along Melbourne's Bayside coast. Along with Dendy Street Beach, Sandringham and Half Moon Bay, Hampton is one of the great seaside vistas of Melbourne with a beautiful stretch of sand dotted with an array of sights and amenities to recommend a weekend visit.

The beach itself is a broad and lengthy expanse of around 500 metres, that can get very busy on a hot summer's day, but generally there is always a spot to park your towel all year-round. Then, there is the water. With a couple of reefs it's a great spot to start the kids off on their snorkelling adventures and given the straight curve of the beach and the two rock barriers either side of it, it is also a good pick for lap swimmers keen to build up their endurance outside the swimming pool over the long haul.

Hampton Beach, Beach Bayside, Beach Melbourne, Melbourne Bayside Beach, Port Phillip Bay
Hampton Beach as seen from the ground level with its Life Saving Club on the right


While broadly speaking most of the adjoining beaches in this area are very family-friendly and safe, Hampton also has the added virtue of a lifesaving club that can serve both as a comforting presence for more uncertain swimmers, while also offering an outdoor shower, bathrooms, and other amenities right on the beaches doorstep.

Hampton Beach, Beach Bayside, Beach Melbourne, Melbourne Bayside Beach, Port Phillip Bay
The picaresque grounds that sit above the Beach


Then there is the gardens and picnic spot immediately above the beach. Set just behind the lifesaving club, this is a fantastic spot to retreat to after you've been in the water to seek out some shade with its wide patches of grass and pine trees overhead. All this backed up by a great view over the Sandringham Marina and wider Port Phillip Bay.

Furthermore, the Beach adjoins Little Hampton and Sandringham Dog Beach, and the 'new' beaches of Bayside are just a short walk up the road. Accordingly, those who come with their puppy or inclination to try out a couple of swimming beaches in one visit can easily be catered too.

Finally, the Hampton Street shops are just 2 minutes up the road ensuring anyone with a craving for fish and chips or an ice cream shall have the option close at hand, affirming this beach both iconic and well-located in the epicentre of Melbourne's South Eastern suburbs.

Hampton Beach, Beach Bayside, Beach Melbourne, Melbourne Bayside Beach, Port Phillip Bay
Overlooking Hampton Beach, the Sandringham Marina, and wider Port Phillip Bay


Hampton beach, a fantastic place to spend an afternoon or weekend by the Bay.
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Where: Beach Road, Hampton 3188
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