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In this section you will find a selection of the best beaches you will find along the Victorian Southern Coastline.
Some of these are situated within bay regions offering safe family swimming all times of the year.
Others face the open ocean and can be either stretches of soft sand or in contrast rugged, wind battered cliff top beaches.
Altona Beach- One of Melbourne's Best Family Beaches
Due to effects of weather, wind, waves and the tides, the coastline for all these ocean beaches is always changing.
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The coastline landscape can range from sand dunes, wetlands, forests and woodlands, sheer cliffs and rocky shores to mangroves and soft flat sandy beaches.
To fully appreciate Victoria's top beaches I have divided the coastline into areas.
Work your way through each and discover how wonderful Melbourne's Top beaches really are.
Pick up some hints on how to handle the hot Australian sun, how to stay safe at the beach and for a little bit of fun save those beach photos and enter the best into the 2012 Beach Photo Competition.
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A Short Summary Of Victoria's Top Beaches
These beaches offer swimmers calm waters for cooling down on those hot, hot summer days.
There are also Sea Baths to swim at all year round, protected from extreme forces of nature and those big sea creatures that swim the bay waters.
Heading West out of the City you pass the busy port of Melbourne and down towards the Bellarine Peninsula
Here we find beautiful, calm and safe swimming beaches.
A Beachcomber's Paradise and an area where sunsets and sunrises are a photographer's dream.
Geelong Foreshore Family Beach
Head East of the city and you can enjoy the safe swimming beaches that are so popular with the locals.
Fly a kite, rollerblade, cycle, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, beachcombe, sunbake or walk the dog, whatever takes your fancy the Nepean Highway will take you down the paradise strip.
Visit one of my favorite suburban beaches, Frankston or wander along the Brighton beach and discover the quaint and colorful beach huts along the foreshore.
Brighton Beach Huts
The Mornington Peninsular
If you head further East of Melbourne to the end of the Nepean Highway you will reach the Mornington Peninsular and its Top Beaches
Here you find clear waters that are safe to swim in with soft golden sand beaches.
These stretch all the way down the coastline to the Bay's entrance.
On the Ocean side of the Peninsula surf the majestic waves rolling in from Bass Straight.
These surf beaches are patrolled weekends and during the busy summer months.
Check with the local Tourist Information Center for any up to date information.
The rockpools are a delight to view some of the most amazing marine life....a great educational experience for all the family.
Following on from these back beaches you arrive at the fascinating Westernport Bay.
This extensive tidal bay covers an area of 680 sq kms, nearly half of which is exposed as mudflats at low tide.
Here are nestled the Islands of Phillip, French and Churchill.
Each of these offer different marine encounters and discoveries.
There are also some excellent family recreational activities and attractions that can be enjoyed on each of the islands, each unique to the island itself.
There are secluded inlets, sandy beaches, great fishing places, rocky outcrops for the adventurous and fascinating Marine Parks to explore.
Somers Beach - Westernport Bay
Beaches Of The Gippsland Coast
The extensive coastline of Gippsland offers great swimming, calm waters for safe family fun or dramatic, wave-crashing surf for the more adventurous.
Long stretches of unspoiled sanded beaches (90 Mile Beach), huge sand dunes in some areas (Loch Sport region), fabulous surf waves, fascinating shallow rock pools and extensive coastal bushwalking tracks (Wilsons Promontory).
Squeaky Beach - Wilsons Promontory
The sands on the beach above make this incredible squeaking noise as you walk along!
Fish this great coastline, go kite flying or explore the bordering forests and woodlands.
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road delivers something for swimmers of all ages and abilities, from sheltered foreshores to crashing ocean waves.
The Great Ocean Road - Westcoast
Other Beaches Of The East And West Coast
There are so many other places to see and enjoy that I have found myself or have heard about from my friends.
Victoria's southern coastline is full of Top Beaches and I believe there are places that are yet to be discovered.
I would love you to let me know if you have found such a place.
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