Melbourne being located on Port Phillip Bay, provides the visitor with access to safe, sandy, Bay beaches. Many of which are only a short bike ride from Melbourne central business district. Popular with locals and visiting tourists to Melbourne. These spacious beaches are the perfect place to relax, sunbathe, swim, run, walk, ride, rollerblade and more. Melbourne’s beach locations have excellent facilities. Such as restaurants, cafés, bars, water sports, beach games, beach equipment hire, outdoor picnic tables and barbecue areas.
Many of beaches are regularly patrolled and during the summer months have lifesavers on duty. Not considered to be a major tourist attraction of Melbourne. The bay beaches, although not surf beaches, still provide the visitor with a beach culture holiday. Where they are able to boogy board, stand up paddle board, windsurf at safe, clean, swim beaches. Melbourne provides beaches with a thing to do attitude.
This spectacular bay foreshore extends for kilometres from Port Melbourne. Along the board walk of Beaconsfield Parade containing the beach of Middle Park. Through to cosmopolitan St Kilda then onto Elwood. Here try using the continuous shared cycle and pedestrian pathway. Through the recreation reserves which provide an important habitat for indigenous vegetation and wildlife. We then travel the Beach Road now becoming more popular for bike rides than car travel. Where the bay become a continuous vista and the beaches are among the most popular in Melbourne. From Brighton then Hampton, Sandringham, Half Moon Bay, Beaumaris, Mentone, Mordialloc, Aspendale North, Carrum Seaford. And finally on to the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston.
Head over the expansive structure of the Westgate Bridge. Which will deliver you a spectacular bay vista looking south and the city and surrounds. Looking north to the beach hamlet of Williamstown then onto Altona, a popular swimming beach with a special ‘no-boat’ zone, however it does provide for these other water-based recreational activities with boating and yachting facilities such as a six-lane boat ramp and, jetties.. From here you journey will take you to Werribee South, this bay beach is more for boating and jet ski zone, with an all-weather, all-tide, multi-lane launch ramp, jetty. And power ski ramp. You will find facilities such as a playground, reserve and barbecue Now on to the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong with its waterfront and Eastern Beach.
Victorian Surf Beaches
If its surf beaches you crave. The Victorian regions of The Great Ocean Road (Bells, Winki Pop, Johanna), Bellarine Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Gippsland have them. Remember like other states these beaches can be dangerous for the inexperienced visitor. As RIPs and sea predators exist, so always swim at lifeguard patrolled beaches.