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The Eastcoast of Port Phillip bay is an absolute beach lovers paradise.

There are flat, shallow, sandy long strips to the east of Melbourne that provide safe swimming for all the family.

Travel down along the Nepean Highway to the Mornington Peninsular where you can experience a diverse change of scenery and shoreline types.

From rocky cliff tops and rocky reefs to secluded half moon sandy stretches of delightful swimming beaches.

These Port Phillip Bay eastcoast beaches in Melbourne Australia all add up to an amazing area full of unexpected delights for you and your family to explore...

From cliffs, sheltered coves, little private bays, stretches of ripple-sanded shallows, rock pools and sunken wrecks, boardwalks and exciting marinas.

Please note when walking along the cliff top edges to be aware that they can be unstable sometimes. Try to keep to the paths if there are any.

Because there are so many different east coast beaches, this page has been divided into several sections

Some of these Port Phillip Bay Eastcoast Beaches have been written up in more detail elsewhere in the site under the heading of Port Phillip Bay.

Mornington Beach rocky outcropMornington Beach rocky outcrop

Port Phillip Bay is a large sheltered bay in the shape of a horseshoe. You can see from the map that the length of the coastline is quite long.

The actual opening to the bay is however, quite narrow and hard to traverse as was found out the hard way by many ships trying to navigate the famous Heads known as The Rip.

Many a maritime disaster has taken place here producing quite a large ship graveyard.

East Coast Beaches Of Hobsons Bay

Hobsons Bay is the northernmost part of Port Phillip. It is adjacent to the Melbourne suburbs of Port Melbourne and Williamstown. The Yarra River flows into Hobsons Bay.

Hobsons Bay yacht club at WillianstownHobsons Bay yacht club at Willianstown

Here you can take in the sights of a busy city at play.

The full city skyline can be seen from the bay and sitting on the sandy shoreline you can watch the huge ocean liners docking at Station Pier.

Spirit Of Tasmania docked At Station PierThe Spirit of Tasmania docked at Station Pier Port Melbourne

Around Hobsons Bay you can find easy promenades to walk, bike ride, exercise and roller blade along.

Long open stretches of sandy coastline where you can fly a kite or even kite-surf yourself when the wind is right.

The beaches in this area are known as...

  • Yarra River Beach
  • Sandridge Beach-Port Melbourne
  • Port Melbourne Beach
  • South Melbourne Beach
  • St Kilda Beach, this includes the Historic Sea Baths

Between Hobsons Bay And Beaumaris Bay

The Port Phillip Bay eastcoast beaches in this area are...

  • Elwood Beach
  • Seacombe Grove Beach
  • Middle Brighton Beach---includes the Sea baths
  • Brighton Beach
  • Hampton Beach
  • Sandringham Beach

Brighton Beach bathing boxesBrighton Beach bathing boxes and kite surfing

Some of Melbourne's top beaches for family fun can be found in this Port Phillip Bay eastcoast area.

These are safe family beaches to swim in and great places to visit for a picnic day out.

  • Half Moon Bay
  • Black Rock beach
  • Ricket's Point beach
  • Watkin's Bay
  • Keefer's Cove

Port Phillip Bay Eastcoast - Beaumaris Bay

Within a short driving distance from the central business district of Melbourne you will find pretty, stretches of sandy shoreline, safe beaches.

Shallow foreshores that are a great place for the little ones to play safely and where you can sit in the shallows and still enjoy the beach at its best.

Olivers Hill FrankstonOlivers Hill Frankston with Melbourne and the Dandenongs in the background

Beautiful, clear, calm waters and soft clean warm sands make these beaches perfect for safe family swimming

  • Mentone beach
  • Parkdale beach
  • Mordialloc beach
  • Aspendale
  • Edithvale
  • Chelsea
  • Bonbeach
  • Carrum
  • Seaford
  • Long Island
  • Frankston

Between Beaumaris Bay And Dromana Bay

This area of coastline is very dramatic in parts, with secluded coves, fantastic fishing spots, private sheltered sandy beaches and tall overhanging rocky cliffs.

  • Mount Eliza beach
  • Canadian Bay
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Sunnyside beach
  • Fishermans beach
  • Fosters beach
  • Fossil beach
  • Mt Martha beaches
  • Mornington
Rugged cliff top near Mount Martha on Port Phillip Bay Eastern BeachesRugged cliff top near Mount Martha on Port Phillip Bay Eastern Beaches

Dromana Bay And Capel Sound

Along this section of the Port Phillip Bay Eastcoast can be found the most safest swimming waters for those little tots of yours.

Shallow flat rippled sandbars stretch along the foreshore way out into the bay.

The beaches in this area include...

  • Pebble Cove---Mt Martha
  • Safety beach
  • Dromana beach
  • Mc.Crae beach
  • Rosebud
  • Tootgarook
  • Rye
  • Blairgowrie
  • Sorrento

Rye foreshore beachSafe swimming on the Rye Foreshore Beach

You can catch the ferry at Sorrento and travel across the bay to the westcoast, docking at Queenscliff.

This is a great trip to take the family for the day.

Just drive your car onto the ferry, settle in for a short ocean cruise and if you are really lucky you may catch a glimpse of an ocean liner or cargo ship coming in through the Heads.

The Sorrento to Queenscliff car and passenger ferryThe Sorrento to Queenscliff car and passenger ferry

Eastcoast Point Nepean Beaches

Oh how Dramatic.

This section of coastline takes you to the very tip of the Port Phillip Bay Eastcoast beaches. The entrance to the bay can be seen at Point Nepean. The coastline in bold, wild and mostly for fossicking rock-climbing and exploring.

Point NepeanPoint Nepean at the end of Port Phillip Bay eastern beaches

Some sections are not open to the public as they are very unstable and dangerous. There are secluded little coves for safe swimming and wonderful rocky reefs to explore. The ocean often throws up relics from the past, beachcombing along this foreshore line can bring an exciting find.

Many a ship has floundered trying to navigate The Heads, you never know what you may find. Watch the large cargo ships and passenger liners pass through The Heads, through The Rip.

Sip a wine at the Portsea Pub. Wander out along the Portsea Pier and watch the scuba divers practice their craft. Take in the breathtaking beauty of the area and imagine a time when life was more simple.

The beaches in this area include...

  • Shelly beach
  • Portsea beach
  • Ticonderoga beach
  • Observatory Point---the sand dunes here are very unstable
  • The Rip

There are plenty of Port Phillip Bay eastcoast beaches to choose from whatever beach activity you are into.

Note, that if your activity takes you out onto the waters of the bay, be aware that this area of water can turn nasty quite quickly.

Follow the weather conditions and you can be guaranteed a great day out.

Storm front hits Port Phillip Bay eastern beachesStorm front hits Port Phillip Bay eastern beaches

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