Middle Hampton is a little beach in Bayside winning fans quietly. While on a long weekend or public holiday like Australia Day Dendy Street Beach or Half Moon Bay may be Melbourne's most glamorous locals to go swim and sit in the sun; for a quick dip this little bay is not a bad spot.
Around 300 metres long with soft sand, two stonewalls to keep waves relatively calm, and few rocks within the water (though a large reef is situated a few metres in the shallows for keen snorkeling), the beach can make a fine place for some slow swimming and exploring. In turn, due to the shallow water and low lying inshore waves the beach also serves as a prime spot for kite surfers and stand up paddleboarding. Though this is great if you're a fan of extreme sports on boarding on the bay, for the more timid water-goers hopping over to the neighbouring (main) Hampton beach can be wise when keen to just splash around in less busy waters.
With no signage along the sprawling Beach Road locating the beach while driving along can be a bit of a task (especially with 2015 works by the local council creating a number of new beaches along the Port Phillip Bay coastline. Yet, situated roughly between South Road Beach and the Sandringham Dog Beach, the Hampton Beach lifesaving club serves as a solid guiding star for lining up a park and heading over to grab a spot in the sand.
In sum, though a smaller beach, Middle Hampton can be a good stop on a calm and sunny day.