Melbourne is famous for many things. But the beach is not really one of them. When you talk about going to the beach in Melbourne, many Australians give you a smirky laugh as if to say “what beach?!”. Melbourne’s beaches are a bit different from the beaches Australia is famous for. There is no surf, no wild rocky coast, no stretches of sand as far as the eye can see. But despite all of that, there are still some nice places to enjoy some beach time on a hot sunny day. Watch our video at the bottom of this post to see what our favourite Melbourne beaches are like!
Melbourne’s beaches, our top three
The most characteristic one of Melbourne’s beaches has to be Brighton Beach. With its iconic colourful bathing boxes it stands out from any other beach and attracts many visitors from all over the world. The bathing boxes are perfect for colourful photo shoots. From Brighton Beach you also get a really nice view of the city’s skyline. And even though it can get pretty busy, Brighton always keeps its relaxed atmosphere. We love Brighton for its calm water and sandy beach and it’s easy to reach by train from the city centre.
A beach that is not as popular, but certainly worth a visit, is Williamstown. Williamstown was Melbourne’s first sea port and is situated south west of the city. There is a nice small town centre with some historic buildings, cafes and shops. From the east side of the town, you can walk onto Gem Pier to get a lovely view over Melbourne and the many boats that are moored in the harbour. Just south west of the town centre you can find the beach. Williamstown is a nice place to visit if you are looking for some peace and quiet and it’s perfect for families as the water is very sheltered. We also love the Botanical Gardens that are located right behind the beach, perfect if you are looking for a shady spot.
You cannot talk about Melbourne’s beaches without mentioning St Kilda. St Kilda is the most popular beach for locals and travellers alike. The combination of a nice sandy beach with a cool and vibrant neighbourhood right behind it is the perfect formula. The crowd is young and hip and they come from all over the world, the main street is lined with cafes, bars and cake shops and palm trees complete the picture. We love the holiday atmosphere of St Kilda. It’s a fun place to go for some beach time, strolling around and people watching.
So if you are in Melbourne during summer time, don’t forget to spend some time relaxing on one of these beaches!