Melbourne's Best 5 Beaches (+ Some Regional Favourites)

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Near CBD
Middle Park Beach
Just on the other side of Albert Park Lake, Middle Park Beach is fairly small but its convenience factor gives it big points, especially if you live in the inner south suburbs. Located just off the bustling Beaconsfield Parade and home to the iconic Kerferd Road Pier, Middle Park Beach also features a handful of local cafes and is just a stone throw away from St Kilda. There is even an exercise station if you're eager enough to complete some pre-beachtime training!

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Half Moon Bay
What this stunning little beach lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty and serenity. Around 22kms south east of Melbourne, the name Half Moon Bay comes from its crescentic shape (obviously) and it's a popular spot for the boating enthusiast (home to the Black Rock Yacht Club). It's also a great beach for the adventurer, especially if you love to snorkel or dive, as there's a rusted shipwreck just off the shore (the HMVS Cerberus, a vessel first commissioned in 1867) which will give you a both a history lesson and a taste of the aquatic life in the bay.

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Mordialloc Beach
Around 25km from Melbourne, Mordialloc Beach (or known to the locals as "Mordi Beach") has much more going for it than just a beach to laze at. The beach itself backs onto an extensive foreshore reserve which includes a playground, bbqs, picnic areas, bike/walking paths and even the beautiful Windows on the Bay restaurant, all with a magnificent views of the bay.

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Altona Beach
With a 'no boat zone' in place, Altona Beach is popular for its jetties, bbq facilities and playgrounds. Just under 20kms from the city, this beach is particularly quiet compared to some of its southern counterparts and often plays host to kite-surfers (who doesn't love watching them?!) We recommend taking a picnic if you're wanting to get max beach time in, however there are some cafes just off the beach down Pier Street to curb those hunger pangs.

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Williamstown Beach
Known to the locals as 'Willy Beach' this spot is super popular for it's fantastic location, just 15km from Melbourne and in the heart of the historic suburb of Williamstown. Easily accessible via car or train, Williamstown Beach is one to explore with rock pools and nature reserves to its South Eastern point. It also features Shelly's Beach Pavilion which sits right on the beach front and has a sophisticated beachy vibe, perfect for lunch or an afternoon snack.

+ Our Regional Favourites
While the bay is great for a quick dip on a hot summers day, the beaches along the Surf Coast (to the West of Melbourne) as well as Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula (to the South East of Melbourne) do play host to much prettier beaches. If you've got a day spare, heading down to one of these regional areas will make you feel like you're escaping the inner city bustle, almost like a mini-vacation.

We love these areas so much, that we've created Active Getaway Guides for each, detailing the best places to eat, explore and splurge on a day trip or weekend away. Check out the guides here.

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Surf Coast
Bell's Beach
Infamous for it's surfing breaks and playing host to the Rip Curl Pro each Easter (a competition where the top surfers from across the globe compete), Bell's Beach is the ultimate surfy hangout. Located between Torquay and Jan Juc, it's located about under an hour and half from Melbourne. If you're a keen surfer, get down early to beat the traffic (you might get there in an hour!) and to get the best sets. Check out our Surf Coast Foodie Hotspots to refuel post swim!

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Phillip Island
Cape Woolamai Beach

The ancient pink granite of Cape Woolamai makes it the highest point on the island and one of the most picturesque, with some of the most beautiful beaches on Phillip island. About 130km away, this beach is considered one of Victoria’s best surf spots all year around, but if you're not a surfer, the walk to the Pinnacles is worth the trip alone! Use our guide, Day Trip To Phillip Island, to plan your adventure.

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Mornington Peninsula
Sorrento Back Beach

If you love rock pools (who doesn't?) then you're going to fall for the Sorrento Back Beach. The waves can get quite rough at times, which is why the rock pools come as a tranquil escape (major mermaid moments here!) Stunning, unspoiled beach with silver sand and multi-coloured cliff formations, this beach has it all. Check out our Guide to a Wellness Escape on the Mornington Peninsula here.

For more escapes across Victoria download our FREE Active Getaway Guides here.

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