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In this section you will find a selection of the best beaches that you will find along the southern Victorian Coastline.

Some of these are situated within the Port Phillip Bay offering safe family swimming all times of the year. With shallow waters and soft sands Melbourne beaches make great places to take the family. During Summer most of these are patrolled by well trained Lifesavers. 

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Other beaches face the open ocean and can be either a stretch of soft sand or in contrast rugged and wind battered cliffs with rocky shorelines. Huge, towering cliffs like the ones along the Great Ocean Road provide spectacular places to take the family on day trips.

There are the beaches of Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, rugged beaches of the south west coastline, the beaches of Phillip Island and the vast stretches of deserted beaches along the eastcoast of Victoria are vast and mysterious. 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 the best of Victoria's beaches I have divided the coastline into areas.

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Warning - Due to effects of weather, wind, waves and the tides, the coastline for all these ocean beaches is always changing. Be most aware of cliff faces and high and low tides.

For a dramatic example of just how suddenly things can change, visit this amazing news article showing how Melbourne's Great Ocean Road coastline can suddenly change forever!

Short Summary of The Top Beaches in Victoria

The Bayside Beaches of Port Phillip Bay  

These top 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
Bollards by the Bay

Geelong foreshore Bollards compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwoman/54238534/


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Melbourne and Victorian beaches make great subject matter for those who love photography, be it amatuer or professional.

I created this poster using one of my favorite photos that I was able to capture of the world famous Bollards in Geelong. Using the photo editor "PicMonkey", I was able to produce a unique poster that now hangs proudly on my wall.

This is one of the posters in my series on the Top Beaches found in here Victoria, Australia.

Click through on the link under the picture on the left to check out the rest of the series and other products in my store.


Head South East from the city towards the safe swimming beaches that can be found along Port Phillip Bay.

Fly a kite, rollerblade, cycle, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, beachcombe, sunbake or walk the dog, whatever takes your fancy the major beach road, Nepean Highway, will take you down this paradise strip, ast beach mansions, through idyllic seaside suburbs and past iconic spectacles such as the popular and colourful Brighton Beach Huts.

Visit one of my favorite suburban top beaches, Frankston, and start searching for sea glass or just sit and enjoy a delicious meal.

The Famous Brighton Beach Huts
Photographer's Delight

Brighton beach huts

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Melbourne and Victorian beaches make great subject matter for those who love photography, be it amatuer or professional.

I created this poster using one of my favorite photos that I was able to capture of the world famous Brighton Beach Huts. Using the photo editors 'Fotosketcher' and PicMonkey, I was able to produce a unique 'watercolor effect' that now hangs proudly on my wall.

This is one of the posters in my series on the Top Beaches found in here Victoria, Australia.

Click through on the link under the picture on the left to check out the rest of the series and other products in my store.


The Eastern Beaches of the Mornington Peninsular 

The entrance to Port Phillip Bay is known as 'The Heads'.

To the right as you enter the bay are the south eastern beaches of the Morningtom Peninsular.

Entrance to Port Phillip Bay from Bass Straight called The Heads

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.

The Ocean side of the Peninsula is a favorite place to surf the majestic waves rolling in from Bass Straight.

These surf beaches are patrolled weekends and during the busy summer months.

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.

The Ocean side of the Peninsula is a favorite place to surf the majestic waves rolling in from Bass Straight. These surf beaches are patrolled weekends and during the busy summer months.

These back beaches make fascinating places to beachcombe and try your hand at a spot of seaglunking (sea glass collecting).

The rockpools are a delight to view some of the most amazing marine life....a great educational experience for all the family - memories of my younger days at Sorrento backbeach come flooding in. Clear water down as far as the eyes could see would bring star fish, shells, marine creatures and fishes to life!

Check with the local Tourist Information Center for any up to date information on tides and weather conditions.

The Beaches of Westernport Bay 

At the back of Port Phillip Bay we find the fascinating Westernport Bay top beaches.

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 Victoria's Islands of Phillip Island, French Island and Churchill Island.

Each of these offer different marine encounters and discoveries, up close and personal chances to meet the local wildlife as well as the exciting chance to experience some of early Australian history.

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.

here we can find secluded inlets, sandy beaches, great fishing places, rocky outcrops for the adventurous and fascinating Marine Parks to explore.

Mud Crab - Westernport Bay

Western Port Bay Mud Crabs compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankzed/6880288536/

  The Top Beaches Of The South Gippsland Coastline 

  • Great swimming in calm waters for safe family fun
  • 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)
  • Fascinating shallow rock pools
  • Extensive coastal bushwalking tracks (Wilsons Promontory).


Squeaky Beach - Wilsons Promontory

Squeaky Beach on Wilsons Promontory complements of my mate Steve Curle

Why is this beach called by its name? It is because the sand on the beach actually makes this incredible squeaking noise as you walk through it!

Fish this amazing open ocean coastline or inner river tributaries, go kite flying or explore the bordering rain forests, dunes and woodlands.

The Beaches Along  The Great Ocean Road  

The Great Ocean Road delivers something for swimmers of all ages and abilities, from sheltered foreshores to crashing ocean waves.

Picnic, explore, rock climb, beachcombe, fossik or just plain enjoy yourself for the pure pleasure that this amazing part of the world has to offer.

This area is famous for family holidays, day trips from Melbourne, amazing coastal scenery - such as the Twelve Apostles, tourist stop overs - such as Whale Watching at Warrnambool

The Great Ocean Road Beaches

Driving the Great Ocean Road compliments of Steve Curle

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