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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.  

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 and Western Port Bay. 

Rugged beaches of the south west coastline and the beaches of Phillip Island. 

There are the the vast stretches of deserted beaches along the eastcoast of Victoria, exciting and mysterious to explore.

The coastline landscape can range from sand dunes, wetlands, forests and woodlands, sheer cliffs and rocky shores to mangroves and soft flat sandy beaches. 


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.

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

To fully appreciate the best of Victoria's beaches I have divided the coastline into areas.

  • The Bayside Beaches of Port Phillip Bay
  • The Eastern Beaches of the Mornington Peninsular 
  • The Beaches of Westernport Bay
  • The Top Beaches Of The South Gippsland Coastline
  • The Beaches Along The Great Ocean Road
  • Sea Glass Collecting: Book Reviews

- 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 Public sea baths to swim at all year round, protected from extreme forces of nature and those scary sea creatures that swim the bay waters.

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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, the major beach road, Nepean Highway, will take you down this paradise strip. Travel past beach mansions, through idyllic seaside suburbs and past iconic spectacles such as the popular and colourful Brighton Beach Huts.

Visit one of my favourite suburban top beaches, Frankston, I love to search for  sea glass down there after a Melbourne Storm.

Brighton Beach HousesBrighton Beach Houses on the foreshore at Brighton Beach in Victoria, Australia

Heading West out of the City, you pass the busy port of Melbourne and down towards the Bellarine Peninsula. Here you will find beautiful, calm and safe swimming beaches, a beachcomber's paradise and an area where sunsets and sunrises are a photographer's dream.

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- 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.

On land and heading 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 Heads Point NepeanThe Heads at Point Nepean in Victoria, Australia compliments of https://flic.kr/p/kLtmLo

The Ocean side of the Peninsula is a favourite 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).

In the rockpools you can view some of the most amazing marine life .... a great educational experience for all the family. Be very cautious handling marine life as some of it can be deadly such as the blue ring octopus that can be found in these rockpools.

- 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 you will find secluded inlets, sandy beaches, great fishing places, rocky outcrops for the adventurous and fascinating Marine Parks to explore.

Victoria's Islands of Phillip Island, French Island and Churchill Island can be found in this area. Each of these islands 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.

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

 - The Top Beaches Of The South Gippsland Coastline 

The Gippsland region stretches from the eastern outskirts of Melbourne to the southeastern tip of Victoria and north to the Black-Allan Line denoting the border with New South Wales.

Throughout this area you will find ...

  • 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 (eg, Wilsons Promontory).
Beach on Wilsons PromontoryTypical of the beaches on Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia

- 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.

Part of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean RoadPart of the 12 Apostles that can be found along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia

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There are plenty of beaches around Melbourne where you can walk your dog. Some of these will allow you to let it off the leash. Quite a few have time restrictions so always look out for signage.

Beach safety is always an issue and factors that you need to consider can be found here.

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And of course, never forget to take along a sturdy beachcoming bag to collect your exciting finds. Never know what the sea may have in store for you on your wanderings.


Heading on down to the beach and want a uniquely designed tote to carry everything you need?

Check out some of my designs I have made up using Zazzle

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Victorian and Melbourne top 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.



Victoria and Melbourne top beaches make great subject matter for those who love photography, be it amateur or professional.

I created this poster using one of my favourite 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.

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