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Published December 25th 2016
You know you are onto a good beach when even the seagulls are happy to spend time just hanging around and taking in the sights. Parkdale beach is one such spot. Nestled between Mentone and Mordialloc beach. This stretch of sand is lesser-known than some other beaches along Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, but is surely just as lovely.
Parkdale Beach Cafe & Kiosk, with the 'local' seagulls perched atop.
While the stretch of sea and sand may be harder to see - given the beach itself its a few metres below the road above and hidden by the cliffs - the iconic kiosk and the poignant war memorial that towers over the Bay make this beach a very easy find when cruising along Beach Road.
More should be said of the Memorial in a moment, but first the beach. With gentle waves, ample sand, and the Kiosk closeby - alongside Parkdale station being just a 10-minute walk from the shore - the beach is very family-friendly.
Further, with picnic tables, a long field of grass, and the Bay Trail bike trail buffering the road, a day can easily be made of a visit to Parkdale, and spent enjoying the rich diversity of all the area has to offer.
And, with the Parkdale Yacht Club also on the shore, often an otherwise routine swim can fast turn into something magical with a ton of sailors heading out to provide a great backdrop to a weekend at the beach.
The ramp down onto the Beach with the coast expanding out
Speaking of backdrops, Parkdale beach is also a very special setting to the local community on account of its memorial. While any community that remembers prior generations can do so in a variety of good ways, Parkdale's contribution is extra special.
The approach to Parkdale Beach with the Memorial on side
With so many Australians feeling a special connection to the beach and identifying it as a part of community life, the Memorial's location seaside calls to mind for a time the reason for its existence, while also affirming the very value of things like community groups, summer days spent at the beach, and all those other things can make living in Australia so good.
For those who visit the coast seeking a famous beach like Half Moon Bay, an iconic beach like Dendy Street Beach, or a huge expanse like Sandringham Beach, Parkdale may not be your first port of call. For those who seek a quieter spot though, Parkdale (just like its neighbouring Mentone) is a fantastic spot for a trip, and is sure to hold a special place in many Australian hearts for its mix of a great beach with a special community spirit attached to it.
Parkdale Beach: very much a must-visit in Melbourne