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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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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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...
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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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.
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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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
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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Surfing Rye Ocean Beach
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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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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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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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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.
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.
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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.
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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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
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.
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.
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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