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The Back Beaches of Melbourne
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The great ocean beaches can be easily found just a short distance from central Melbourne. These fascinating places make for the perfect opportunity to indulge in 2 of my favorite pastimes.

•    Beachcombing
•    And Sea glass

It is such an exhilarating experience to walk along a deserted beach with the wind in your hair and all your senses on full alert.
Winter is my choice of seasons to do just this as the rugged coastline is usually deserted and I can really appreciate the wild and untamed landscape.
These beaches are perfect places to capture some amazing photography as well.
The Victorian west and east coast beaches overlook Bass Straight and the seas are  it is notoriously rough due to the weather conditions – hence the ongoing erosion of the cliff faces and sandy beaches.

The open ocean coastline of Victoria serves up an amazing and diverse selection of beaches.

Some for swimming, some for surfing and some for just plain old wandering, head down, mind off sorting out the problems of the world or scouring the shoreline for that unique treasure.

The Rugged Ocean Beach At Point Lonsdale
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Point Lonsdale back beach and lighthouse compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/45072502@N02/5311981116/

Victoria's Rugged Back Beaches

To introduce you to the fantastic Victorian rugged coastline, I have selected a few of my favorite back beaches.

Beaches I have spent long hours exploring and I highly recommend that you take the time to do so as well.

Typical Of Mornington Peninsula B'k Beaches
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Typical back beach on the Mornington Peninsular Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/aenneken/123597746/

As a very young child I was introduced to the amazing, wild and thrilling aspects of these back Melbourne's Beaches.

Many a happy hour was spent sifting through the sands and fossicking for bits and pieces

Early years were spent collecting pretty shells and as I grew older I realized that there was so much more to collect that the sea threw up onto the shoreline.

Beachcombing became my favorite past time.

On these Melbourne back beaches I have collected...

  • Driftwood
  • Sea Shells
  • Fossils
  • Rocks
  • Sea Glass
  • Broken Pottery
  • Shipwrecked artifacts
  • Gemstones

My very first memories of days spent at the ocean back beach, were of warm sunny times exploring the rock pools at Sorrento.

Sorrento Ocean Beach
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Sorrento back beach Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/flying_cloud/466779027/

An amazing stretch of ocean beach where just a short stroll down from the carpark, leads you to soft, sandy stretches, tantalizing rock pools to explore and expanses of seaweed hugging rock ledges.

Sorrento backbeach rock pool

Rock Pool Sorrento Ocean Beach

When the tide is out these rock pools and ledges are a swimmer's and beachcomber's delight

There are deep blue pools brimming with incredible marine life.

Some of these pools are large enough to snorkel in...what a great way to learn about some of the ocean's treasures, a real up close and personal experience.

Sorrento's swimming hole just to the right of the carpark, has a rock platform where you are able to dive from into the clean, crystal clear waters of Bass Strait.

This is refreshed daily with the new tide arrival.

A safe family beach that can be enjoyed by all age groups.

There are BBQ and Picnic facilities available and a kiosk for that hot cuppa and bucket of piping hot, salty chips on a cold and blustery winter's day.

Portsea Ocean Beach
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Portsea back beach Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/76384935@N00/401796789/

This is a popular beach for excellent swimmers and surfers, however the waters are very dangerous so please, if you do want to swim here take notice of the flags when the beach is being patrolled and never swim alone.

The London Bridge Portsea Ocean Beach

London Bridge Portsea back beach Melbourne Australia

The rock arch London Bridge has been formed by the erosion of wind and waves

It can be found by walking along the Farnsworth Track which hugs the cliff line to the west of the beach or you can reach it by car on the Back Beach road... just watch for the sign on your right.

The walk offers you an amazing view eastwards to Cape Shanck, Arthurs Seat and westward towards Barwon heads and the Otway Ranges.

The Ocean Beach at Cape Shank
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Cape Shank back beach Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/60mls/5945435065/

Mornington Peninsula National Park Back Beaches

Surfing Rye Ocean Beach
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Surfing at the Rye back beach Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/3143186125/

These open stretches of sandy beaches, an occasional rocky outcrop and saltbrush wind-swept dunes are perfect for long and delightfully soul mending walks...with or without the kids.

Here you can sing to your hearts content, or shout your cares away, or with head down and absorbed in the art of the beachcomber wile away many an hour or two or more.

Fishing the Gunnamatta Ocean Beach
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Fishing on the back beach at Gunnamatta Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/63168233@N06/6882695436/

The beaches are vacuumed daily by nature and sometimes she offers up a few of her well chosen treasures to share.

The beaches are patrolled weekends and public holidays, swimming and surfing here is really for the very experienced as the waters are very dangerous.

Keyhole Rock on Blairgowrie Ocean Beach
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Blairgowrie back beach Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/twitchphoto/5353636905/

Rugged, rocky and raw, there are high cliffs to climb and sheltered coves with rocky platforms to explore.

Flinders Ocean Beach
Scuba Divers On Flinders Back Beach
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Scuba diving on Flinders back beach Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/saspotato/3734904220/in/photostream/

Ocean Beaches Of Phillip Island

I found this beach quite by accident.

On my way to The Nobbies on Phillip Island I noticed the sign.

Parking the car at the top of the cliff edge, I made my way down to the rugged and rocky Shelly Beach.

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach on Phillip Island

Positioned on the eastern coastline of Phillip Island I classify it as an open Ocean Back beach.

Western Port Bay waters mingle with those from the Bass Strait bringing with them some fascinating sea treasures.

  • Huge forests of thick rubbery Kelp
  • Empty shark egg cocoons
  • An amazing variety of sea sponges
  • Interesting fossil finds
  • Huge Cuttlefish
  • Shipwreck artifacts
  • Sea Glass
  • Sea Shells, different seasons bring different types

The Nobbies
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The Nobbies on Phillip Island compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/if_winter_ends/5518290235/

This is a great beach to explore with the family.

Do be aware though of the regulations regarding the collecting of your beach finds.

Another excellent way to discover the ocean beaches of this amazing natural wonderland is to take full advantage of my travel partner, Viator, or offer an amazing tour into this region.

Click the image below for a selection of tours onto Phillip Island.

Baner image to link to my Viator page on Phillip Island tours

An Introduction To The Back Beaches West Of Melbourne

Over on the western side of Port Phillip Bay is the beautiful ocean township of Point Lonsdale.

To the right of the historic lighthouse you will find clean, soft stretches of sandy coastline. These turn into dramatic rocky outcrops and pools to explore.

Point Lonsdale Ocean Beach
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Scuba divers on Point Lonsdale back beach compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/saspotato/5458323462/

Snorkeling around these rocky areas can bring a very pleasant surprise...huge crayfish, yummy!

Swimming at this beach is quite dangerous so only swim in areas that are patrolled, usually on a weekend and public holidays.

For some amazing photography you can't go past this beach, nature at its best, Point Lonsdale is a great family getaway diversion.

Further along this amazing ocean coastline you will find amazing, rugged beaches. Some of these are accessible whilst others can be admired from on top of the cliff tops.

The Great Ocean Road - The 12 Apostles

At the base of the 12 Apostles beach

A perfect way to explore this rugged coastline is with my personally chosen Travel Tour operator Viator.

Viator offers the most amazing tours into this incredible, prehistoric and ever changing area.

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        Beware The March Fly

These nasty little creatures just love to hug the shoreline and they bite like a lion

Their bite can leave a nasty red and swollen mark and the itch, oh dear...

Try to swat them, good luck. They are so fast and cunning. I have found that the best way to beat them is to spray up. If you don't like to spray then use the gel or roll on, just as effective.

march fly

Where Are The Best Melbourne Back Beaches?

Here is a map that shows you where these selected beaches are. Just click onto the map for a larger image and follow the directions as to how to get to your destination.

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