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12 Best Beaches in Melbourne To Visit On A Day Out

Discover some of the best beaches Melbourne has to offer.

12 Best Beaches in Melbourne To Visit On A Day Out

With so many beaches in Melbourne, it can be hard to know where to go for what occasion. Whether you’re looking for a family day out, a stroll on the beach with your four-legged friend or if you’re looking to discover the best of what Melbourne has to offer, here’s 12 of Melbourne’s best beaches.

Must Visit Iconic Beaches In Melbourne

1. St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach
Photo by: Richard Munckton

How could we talk about beaches without mentioning St. Kilda Beach? Often referred to as ‘Melbourne’s beachside playground’, St, Kilda Beach is a must visit for tourists and residents alike. This beach is great for swimming, paddle boarding and kite surfing. You can also head up to St Kilda Pier to do some fishing or to catch a glimpse of the Little Penguins marching ashore at dusk. St Kilda has plenty of things to do offshore too. Stop into Luna Park for a thrilling ride or settle into one of the many bars and restaurants along Acland Street.

Dog Friendly (with restrictions)
St Kilda Foreshore, St Kilda, Vic 3182
6km from Melbourne CBD

2. Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach
Photo by: Josh Withers

Brighton Beach is one of Melbourne’s most iconic and recognisable beaches. This family friendly beach is home to over 80 stunning bathing boxes lined up along the shore. These boxes, which were once used as changing rooms for women in the more modest times of the 1800’s, are now a hot spot for Instagrammers! Take a stroll along Dendy beach and take in each colourful and uniquely designed box – as well as a photo or two – or simply relax by the water and soak up some sun.

Dog Friendly (with restrictions)
Esplanade, Brighton, Bayside, Vic 3186
13km from Melbourne CBD

3. Port Melbourne Beach

Port Melbourne Beach
Photo by: John

At Port Melbourne Beach, metropolitan Melbourne meets the bay. Just five kilometres southwest of Melbourne’s CBD, this quiet beach sits behind a stunning backdrop of palm tree-lined streets and a mix of modern and traditional infrastructure. Port Melbourne beach is perfect for a lazy day of lounging in the sun. Be on the lookout for cruise ships such as the Spirit of Tasmania docking at Station Pier. Be sure to check out The Exchange Beach Club before you head in to get some great deals!

Dog friendly (excluding daylight savings months)
Beach St, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207
4km from Melbourne CBD

Best Dog Friendly Beaches In Melbourne

4. Sandown Street Beach

Sandown Street Beach
Photo by: Andrew

While Brighton Beach is a spectacular spot for families, it may not be entirely suitable for your pooch. However, head a mere kilometre up the coast and you’ll find Sandown Street Beach – also referred to as ‘Brighton Dog Beach’. Here, dogs are free to run around off-lead all year round! With gentle, shallow waters and a mix of sand and greenery, Sandown Street Beach is the perfect place for your dog to swim, run and roll around. Being quite a popular beach with dog owners, your pup is bound to make some new friends too.

Dog Friendly
Sandown St, Brighton, Vic 3186
12km from Melbourne CBD

5. Tassells Cove Beach

Tassels Cove
Photo by: David Lam

Dog Friendly
Marine Dr, Safety Beach, Vic 3936
82km from Melbourne CBD

If you and your dog love going on adventures then add Tassells Cove to your bucket list! Located at the northern end of Safety Beach, Tassells Cove is often free of beach-goers and dogs are welcome to run around off-lead at all times of the year. This secluded beach is the perfect spot for walking your four-legged friend, with plenty of cliffs, rockpools and dog-friendly waters to explore.

6. Royal Beach

Photo by: Visit Victoria

If Tassels Cove wasn’t enough for your adventurous pup, then look no further than Royal Beach. This lead-free beach is hidden away from some of Mornington’s busier beaches by lush, grassy bluffs. With pebble stone sandbanks, rock pools, shrubbery, cliffsides and, of course, clear, calm waters, Royal Beach has plenty for your dog to explore.

Dog friendly
5 Flinders Dr, Mornington VIC 3931
70km from Melbourne CBD

Best Family Friendly Beaches In Melbourne

7. Dromana Beach

Dromana Beach
Photo by: Scott Cresswell

Looking for a relaxing day out with the family? Head on over to Dromana Beach. Located in Mornington Peninsula, Dromana Beach is a quiet, clean beach that boasts a stunning backdrop of Arthurs Seat. With sheltered barbeque and picnic areas, a nearby playground, accessible parking, and flat, shallow waters ideal for kids to swim in, it’s the perfect spot for the whole family. Be sure to pack your canoes and paddle boards or bring a rod and catch a fish or two off of Dromana Pier.

Dog friendly (excluding daylight savings months)
215 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana VIC 3936
78km from Melbourne CBD

8. Chelsea Beach

Chealsea Beach
Photo by: Xiao Chuan Zhang

Whether you looking to swim, kick around a football or relax on the beach with some fish and chips, Chelsea Beach is the perfect spot for it all! There is an air of excitement that constantly surrounds Chelsea Beach. Before you’ve even stepped foot onto the sand, your kids will have a blast on the impressive playground positioned directly in front of the beach. With shallow waters and police and lifeguards on patrol over the weekends, you can rest assured that you kids will be safe. Chelsea Beach has ample parking and it’s a five minute walking from Chelsea station. A decent selection of cafes and take-away shops are just a stone throw away from the beach itself.

Dog Friendly (with restrictions)
The Avenue, Chelsea VIC 3196
31km from Melbourne CBD

9. Carrum Beach

Carrum Beach
Photo by: Stuart & Jen Robertson

While Chelsea Beach is a blast, it can get a little crowded at times. If you’re looking for a quieter, more peaceful day out then jump in the car and head 10 minutes further down the coast to Carrum Beach. It’s clean, white sand and gentle, blue waters are perfect for both kids and adults. Carrum Beach’s most impressive feature is its stunning nautical themed playground that sits right on the beach. With parking and local cafes only a minute away from this foreshore playground, you won’t have to worry about hiking your way down to Carrum Beach (as is often the case with other beaches).

Dog friendly (excluding daylight savings months)
15 Old Post Office Ln, Carrum VIC 3197
40km from Melbourne CBD

Hidden Gem Beaches In Melbourne

10. Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
Photo by: Beverley Van Praagh

Tucked away along the coast of Black Rock, you’ll find Half Moon Bay. Just under 20km from Melbourne’s CBD, this crescent shaped stretch of land provides the perfect opportunity to take in some stunning scenery, without having to travel halfway across the state. From intricate rock formations, to lush coastal bushland and even a shipwreck, there’s more than enough to take in at Half Moon Bay. Take a casual stroll along the bay or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hike up along the Red Bluffs for even more spectacular views.

Dog Friendly (with restrictions)
Cerberus Wy, Black Rock VIC 3193
19km from Melbourne CBD

11. Fosters Beach

Fosters Beach
Photo by: Visit Victoria

Sure, we all love the typical ‘white sand’ and ‘blue water’ beaches, but sometimes a change of scenery is nice. If you’re looking for something different then head down to Fosters Beach in Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by tall and verdant sandstone bluffs that will take your breath away, this rocky coast makes for a wonderful walking spot. While its bumpy terrain may not be suitable for kids, Fosters Beach – also known as ‘Dog Friendly Fossil Beach’ – is an off-lead area all year round!

Dog Friendly (with restrictions)
633 Esplanade, Car Park Opposite, Mornington, Vic 3931
70km from Melbourne CBD

12. London Bridge Lookout

Photo by: Clement Tang

Explore the very best of what Greater Melbourne has to offer at London Bridge Lookout. You can find this hidden gem nestled along the coast of Portsea, making it the ideal location for a day trip. Enjoy breath taking views of the ocean or stare in awe at some of the incredible rock formations that have captivated visitors for centuries. Perhaps it’s most notable feature is the London Bridge rock, which acts as nature’s very own window to the sea. In addition, this beach boasts local cafes and restaurants, barbeque and picnic facilities and easily accessible parking nearby. So, while London Bridge Lookout may be at the bottom of our list, we’re sure you’ll want to put it at the top of your bucket list!

Dog friendly (excluding daylight savings months)
London Bridge Rd, Portsea, Vic 3944
107km from Melbourne CBD

General FAQs About Melbourne Beaches

What’s the best Melbourne beach for surfing?

If you’re looking for the best Melbourne beach for surfing, you’ll want to head to the city’s famous Bells Beach. This world-renowned surf spot is located just a short drive from the city center, and it’s the perfect place to catch some waves. The beach is also home to the annual Rip Curl Pro surf competition, so you can be sure that the conditions are always perfect for surfing.

With its sandy bottom and gentle waves Tourquay is also a great place to catch some waves and improve your surfing skills. Ideal for beginners and families and a surf day out.

What’s Melbourne’s most popular beach?

One of the most popular beaches in Melbourne is St. Kilda Beach. This beach is known for its beautiful sunsets, its wide expanse of golden sand, and its lively atmosphere. On any given day, you’ll find locals and tourists alike enjoying the sun and the waves.

Does Melbourne have nude beaches?

There are no legal nude beaches in Melbourne, but there are a number of unofficial beaches where nudity is tolerated. These include Point Addis in Anglesea, Obelisk Beach in Aireys Inlet and Gunnamatta Beach in Mornington.

If you love getting out in nature, but the beach is not your cup of tea, then check out what you can get up to in the Dandenong Ranges.

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Best Beaches to visit in Melbourne