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Melbourne's south east beaches are top places to take the family as they are always kept pristine and safe.

This is a selection of picnic places that will guarantee that your picnic at the beach is the best choice for your next picnic family outing.

Most of them have had free foreshore gas BBQ's installed which makes a picnic on the beach an even more pleasant experience. These are usually build undercover or with at least some form of weather protection.

The local councils sometimes install children's playgrounds nearby where, as you are cooking up the feast, the little ones can play and build up their appetities.

Updated and upgraded amenity blocks usually close by and a pristine beach to frollock in all day long, what more could you ask for.

Melbourne's beaches have to be the most wonderful places to visit with the whole family creating fond memories to cherish forever. I have fantastic memories of many hours spent down by the seaside munching on warm watermelon and sand filled sandwiches, loved every minute of those times.

beach BBQMelbourne beaches make for great places to have a beach barbecue picnic

Selected Top Melbourne Picnic Places

This is a Map of places that are considered to be excellent venues for a picnic on the beach. It including some of Melbourne's pristine coastline spots.

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My Lucky Top 13 Beach Picnic Spots Around Melbourne

No 1 - St Kilda Foreshore

St Kilda Beach is one of Melbourne's most popular attractions with plenty for all the family to see and do while enjoying a picnic on the beach...

  • Shallow swimming
  • St Kilda Baths
  • The historic pier
  • Fairy Penguin Colony
  • Kite boarding
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Multi use promenade
  • Luna Park
  • Esplanade Sunday market
st kilda foreshoreSt Kilda foreshore boardwalk in Victoria, Australia

No 2 - Catani Gardens 

The Catani Gardens nestled in between between the St Kilda foreshore, Beaconsfield Parade and the St Kilda Esplanade display a War Memorial, Captain Cook statue and Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron Buildings.

The park provides BBQ facilities and covered picnic areas and pleasant easy walkways under majestic historic palm trees.

catani gardens in st kildaThe Catani Gardens

Travel Further Out From The City - East Coast Beaches

No 3 - Brighton Beach - Beach Huts

The Brighton Bathing Boxes are a well know Melbourne Tourist Attraction. A beautiful place to enjoy a picnic on the beach and enjoy a relaxing stroll along the foreshore working off your over indulgence.

beach huts at brightonColourful beach huts on the foreshore at Brighton in Victoria, Australia

No 4 - Lower Sweetwater Creek Reserve 

Frankston has number of large informal nature reserves that exist in the suburb including...

  • Bunarong Park
  • Casuarina Reserve
  • Paratea Flora and Fauna Reserve
  • Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve.

Although not on the beach the waters of the creek flow through this natural reserve down Olivers Hill and into Port Phillip bay. If you are visiting this area for a Picnic don't miss the opportunity to discover this beautiful hidden gem in the back hills of Frankston.

sweetwater creek frankstonSweetwater Creek in Frankston, Victoria - Australia

No 5 - Frankston Beach

Frankston is a fantastic place for a picnic on the beach with THE most fantastic children's playground and Free electric BBQ's.

Frankston beach provides ...

  • Safe swimming beach
  • Children's playground with Liberty Swing
  • Foreshore restaurant
  • free electric BBQ's
  • Plenty of parking
  • Covered picnic areas
frankston beach picnic areaFrankston beach foreshore picnic area in Victoria, Australia

Travel Further Out From The City To The Mornington Peninsular Beaches

No 6 - Rye Foreshore 

 An excellent picnic on the beach venue with foreshore BBQs and playgrounds and safe family beach for all year round swimming.

No 7 - Sorrento Foreshore Reserve

Sorrento is a coastal seaside town located on the shores of Port Phillip on the Mornington Peninsula. About one and a half hours south of Melbourne you will find this quaint village with such a pretty foreshore picnic and playground area.

Both the front and back beaches offer great picnic on the beach spots. There are free electric BBQ's in this area as well.

You might even like to pack a picnic tote and hop on board the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry and picnic in Queenscliff.

Travel Further Out From The City - West Coastal Beaches

No 8 - Queenscliff

Drive around the west coast of Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff or catch the ferry across from Sorrento.

Excellent foreshore BBQ's and parklands to enjoy that family picnic on the beach. The cliff BBQ area is excellent for viewing the large cruise ships and tanks that sail in through the Port Phillip heads.


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No 9 - Point Lonsdale

Point Lonsdale is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia.

Swim at a beautiful sheltered bay beach with a pleasant foreshore reserve with picnic on the beach and barbecue facilities.

No 10 - Torquay Foreshore Reserve

Torquay is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. The township is on the south coast of Bass Strait, 21 km south of Geelong. From here there are excellent picnic places to visit any time of the year. Swim at a beautiful sheltered bay beach with a pleasant foreshore reserve with picnic on the beach and barbecue facilities. 

No 11 - Geelong Foreshore - Bollards 

Just a short drive down from Melbourne, the Geelong waterfront foreshore provides you with a unique picnic on the beach experience. The foreshore is lined with sculptures and boating memorabilia along the walking and cycling paths.

Geelong's famous Eastern Beach is a great place to visit all times of the year.

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More Areas For That Picnic On The Beach

No 12 - Western Port Bay's - Coolart Homestead and Wetland

The Coolart Wetlands and Homestead Reserve is an 87.5 ha estate on the Western Port coast of the Mornington Peninsula. Situated about 70 km south-east of Melbourne the gardens provide a pleasant outlook for an informal or formal picnic.

The Homestead lawns are the perfect location for a leisurely picnic. There are also free electric BBQ's are available in the picnic area. Take a short stroll over the wetlands to the beautiful sandy beach and enjoy a swim in the clear waters of Western Port Bay.  

Winter at Coolart (5996847087)
By Frankzed from Melbourne, Australia (Winter at Coolart) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

No 13 - Phillip Island

On the actual Island there are so many different places that you can enjoy a picnic on the beach,  be it at Cowes or down by The Nobbies where the shoreline takes a dramatic change.

Perhaps you might like to stroll the sands along the foreshore at Ventnor or catch a ferry across to French Island.

Drive over onto Churchill Island and experience the history of this area, this is a beautiful place to picnic overlooking Western Port Bay.

Whatever you decide to do and wherever you want to drop that picnic blanket of yours I am sure that Phillip Island can supply you with everything that you require.

Drop into the Tourist Information Centre, on the left just over the bridge, to get more ideas.

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