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Mornington Peninsula Ocean Beaches

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by Mama To Two (subscribe)
Mama of two. Finding fun, new and thrifty ways to entertain my little girls.
Published May 8th 2012
If you love the beach, a visit to the ocean is the next step.
The Mornington Peninsula's back beaches (or ocean beaches) offer stunning water vistas that will keep keen photographers, surfers and water lovers coming back.

On a rough and choppy day, the waves put on a spectacular show - great to watch, but swimming is not advised.

A drive along the coast stopping at each ocean beach makes a perfect weekend escape from the city, or a great nature-inspired day trip for the family.

Here's a round-up of the Mornington Peninsula's ocean beaches:

- Sorrento Ocean Beach
A very popular surf beach, it offers picnic and barbecue facilities, a kiosk and tea rooms. Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards patrol the beach for part of the year (end of November to April).

- Portsea Surf Beach
A popular surf beach patrolled by Portsea Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards for part of the year (end of November to April).

- Flinders Ocean Beach
A protected bay beach. The foreshore reserve has picnic, barbecue and play facilities.

- Shoreham Beach
A popular sandy beach for family adventures and exploring due to its rocky platforms and reefs. There are picnic and barbecue facilities at the foreshore reserve.

- Point Leo Surf Beach
This is a popular surf beach with swells from Bass Strait. Picnic, barbecue, camping and play facilities at the foreshore reserve. Patrolled by Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards from the end of November to April.

If you're keen to do more beach exploring, on the other side of the peninsula is the Westernport Bay beaches: Merricks Beach, Balnarring Beach and Somers Beach.

Note: Remember ocean waters are often treacherous and often not suitable for swimming. Always check weather and coastal warnings before entering the water.

Is there anything else visitors need to know about the Mornington Peninsula's back beaches? Let us know in the comment form below.
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Why? A great way to view the ocean's wild side and relax to the sounds of the waves. Makes a perfect day trip away from the city.
Cost: Free
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