My favourite beaches in Melbourne My favourite beaches in Melbourne Australia Travel Guides SHARE Ricky , July 15, 2014 / 0 When you think of Melbourne, you think of a lot of things – coffee, culture, food, and fashion – but you don’t automatically think of beaches. However you may be surprised to realise that Melbourne offers some stunning beaches – either on its doorstep or within easy reach. Melbourne is located on Port Phillip Bay and around the bay are a huge range of beach areas – perfect for swimming, boating, or both. In this article we showcase some of the best areas for you to enjoy the best of Melbourne’s beaches. St Kilda Beach Right in the heart of the city, St Kilda Beach is a fantastic beach that sets the pace and tone of the surrounding neighbourhood. Easily accessible from the city, St Kilda is well served by the city’s iconic trams. There is some parking available too if you have a car. On the weekends when the weather is good the entire city seems to descend on St Kilda, there is a great roller blading track, the joggers are out in force, or you can just sit in the sand and snack on ice-cream. There is a really good take-away Indian restaurant just off the beach which makes a nice change from fish and chips. Nothing better than hanging out with a group of friends and enjoying the sound of the crashing waves as you watch the sun go down. Brighton Beach This is old school Melbourne, colourful bathing boxes lining the beach and an extensive foreshore that is perfect for barbecues and picnics. The beach is a long stretch of sand that is face for swimming and is very popular with locals. Port Melbourne You can’t get more inner-city than Port Melbourne – not so much a swimming beach but this is a popular residential area that has a very strong beach-side feel and a laid back lifestyle. Great if you like going for a jog after work or you need to walk the dog. Nearby beaches South Melbourne and Middle Park offer a similar lifestyle choice as well as great venues for beach volleyball. Kerford Road This is a popular swimming beach on Port Phillip Bay. Swimmers are protected by zones that exclude boating. Elwood This is family-lifestyle heaven – a sandy beach for swimming and boating, the foreshore is ideal for picnics and barbecues, with playground equipment for the kids. Williamstown This is a surprisingly good swimming beach and also provides easy access to getting out on the water. Altona Altona is a great swimming beach because there is a wide exclusion zone that keeps the area free of boats and jet-skis. There are boat ramps and jetties nearby so all recreational activities are well catered for. Beaumaris The is a scenic area – Ricketts Point and Table Rock Point are natural local landmarks. The sandy beach is good for swimming. Bonbeach Closely located to the Patterson River, this beach is convenient for people into their boating. Carrum Also just near the mouth of the Patterson River, this is another good beach boating – a great place to launch into the bay. Hampton This is a great swimming beach, expansive stretches of sand and good walking and cycling paths. Mentone This beach is popular with water-skiers – there’s also extensive picnic and barbecue areas on the foreshore. Mordialloc This is a popular area for boating and the neighbouring beaches of Aspenvale, Edithvale, and Chelsea make this a good destination for some weekend fun out on the water. Sandridge This is a great swimming beach on Hobsons Bay – a nice stretch of sand. Sandringham Sandringham and the neighbouring Black Rock beach are ideal beaches for boating – extensive marina facilities are popular with locals. Werribee South This is a big bay beach that is popular with the boating community – the launch ramp and jetty cater for all size crafts, plus there is a power ski ramp and a dedicated power ski zone so safety for all water users is ensured. Beyond Port Phillip Bay there are the beaches of the Shipwreck Coast just a short drive away from Melbourne. This is where the surfing gets serious and the small town that are scattered along the Great Ocean Road are classic Australian beach towns that will undoubtedly deliver the classic Australian beach experience that you are looking for – our favourites are Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek, and Anglesea – great surf beaches and great family holiday destinations within easy reach of the city of Melbourne. Great beaches and a great lifestyle. Just another reason to visit Melbourne.