Melbourne is a lovely city in Australia’s southern coast. As a city near the coast, Melbourne has several great beaches. But as with anything, some beaches are better than others. The following are my favorite beaches in the capital of Victoria.
Brighton Beach has some amazing views of Melbourne’s city skyline. And the beach itself is quite nice: 6 kilometers of soft white sand. The beach is best known for its 82 iconic multi-colored bathing boxes. The bathing boxes were built over a century ago and are an example of classic Victorian architecture. Brighton Beach is a picturesque beach worth the bit of a trek it takes to get to from the city centre.
Getting to Brighton Beach
The beach is about a 30 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD. To get there via public transportation, take the train toward Sandringham to Brighton Beach Railway Station. The train journey takes about 35 minutes from Flinders Street Railway Station. Then walk north along the coast up to the beach. Along the way, you will pass through the Brighton Beach Gardens.
Port Melbourne Beach
Port Melbourne Beach is one of the closest beaches to the CBD. The beach is a gorgeous stretch of soft sand overlooking Port Phillip Bay. It is a good spot for families and active beach goers. There are several volleyball nets on the beach. Port Melbourne Beach is near Station Pier, which is the docking location for cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry that travels from Melbourne to Tasmania.
Getting to Port Melbourne Beach
The drive from the city is a short 15 minutes. The most direct route via public transport is to take tram 109 to stop 129-Beacon Cove/Light Rail (the final stop). The journey takes about 25 minutes from the CBD.
Middle Park Beach
Middle Park Beach is located next to Port Melbourne Beach. It is a simple stretch of white sand, making it a great place to relax and sunbathe. The boardwalk above the shore also has walking and cycling paths, an outdoor exercise park and a great public playground. The beach is a good spot for families and fitness fanatics alike. It is conveniently close to the city, making it one of the easiest beaches to visit.
Getting to Middle Park Beach
The drive from the CBD takes about 15 minutes. To get to the beach with public transport, hop on tram 1 to the final stop: 32-Beaconsfield Pde/Victoria Ave. The tram ride is about 17 minutes from the city centre.
St Kilda Beach
St Kilda Beach is probably the most famous beach in Melbourne. The beach is only about 6 kilometers from the city centre. It is a popular spot for kite surfers and paddle boarders. The shore also has a wide boardwalk with cycling and walking paths. The beach is located in the St Kilda suburb, which is a popular spot at all hours of the day. The suburb has a plethora of cafés, restaurants, shops and bars. It is also home to Luna Park.
Getting to St Kilda Beach
The beach is about a 20 minute drive from the city centre. Public transport takes about 30 minutes via tram. Take tram 96 to stop 140-St Kilda Beach or trams 16 and 3a to stop 138-Luna Park/The Esplanade.
Williamstown Beach is a fairly small beach. It is a popular spot for sunbathing and swimming. My favorite feature of the beach is the great view of the CBD skyline from Gem Pier. The caveat, though, is that the pier isn’t actually right next to the beach, but equidistant from the railway station in the opposite direction. But there is a nice path along the coastline between the two spots, which is worth a stroll. You’ll also pass through the quaint Williamstown suburb, which has plenty of restaurants, shops and cafés.
Getting to Williamstown Beach
It is a 25 minute drive from the CBD. The nearest public transport spot is Williamstown Beach Railway Station, which is about a 30 minute train ride from the CBD. The beach is about 500 meters from the station.
Other Notable Beaches
Sandringham Beach is another beautiful beach in Melbourne. The beach is quite small, but it has soft white sand and is set along a lovely coastline. There are a few walking trails in the area to enjoy the views along the way. The beach is also not a particularly busy spot, so it is a great place if you don’t like crowds.
Elwood Beach is another nice spot and good for swimming. There are lovely walking and biking trails along the coastline here also and a park nearby with outdoor barbecues. It’s a good spot for a day out with friends or the family. Both beaches are located south of St Kilda.