Anyone who knows me knows I’m happiest on the beach. Naturally I was in heaven living in Melbourne! About every spare moment I had while there I was off to explore a different beach in Melbourne’s home state, Victoria. So now I think I can say I’ve got a pretty good idea about the beaches in and around Melbourne.
There is no denying that beaches in Australia are absolutely stunning. It is constantly being ranked as the top country in the world for its beaches (here and here, for example). Victoria is no exception to this, and honestly some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in my life were here. That’s why I felt inspired to make this comprehensive list of the best and most beautiful beaches all around Victoria. Obviously there are hundreds of other beaches which would also be worth visiting.
It’s worth saying that no two beaches in Melbourne are the same. Some are calm, some are peaceful, some are popular and bustling with life, some are wild and windy. There are so many unique landscapes and rock formations that various different beaches boast. They are all different but they are all beautiful.
The beaches in Melbourne city itself are lovely and perfect places to spend the day. But I found a trend in that the further away you get from the city and the further into rural Victoria, the more pristine, secluded and unique beaches you will find.
So without further ado, these are the 20 best beaches to visit in Victoria.
Beaches in Melbourne city
If you’re staying in Melbourne city and want to go to the beach, all of these beaches are fairly easily accessible by public transport.
1. St Kilda
The most popular beach in Melbourne, St Kilda is always full of people and has awesome city events. Organised events are common and there’s always something happening here, as well as awesome places to eat. Check out this guide to St Kilda for more info.
Brighton is home to the famous beach boxes – you especially might be familiar with the Australian flag box! It’s certainly the brightest beach in Melbourne, and its a fun place to stroll along and look at the art displayed on the different boxes.
Elwood is a more peaceful beach which is part of a park and public reserve. It’s a perfect place to go if you just want to chill.
Williamstown is one of the closest surf beaches to the city. It is also a short walk from the pier where you can see the Melbourne city skyline.
Altona is characterised by the surrounding trees and ever-present kite surfers that frequent the beach.
6. Half Moon Beach
I would say Half Moon Beach is the most beautiful inner-city beach I’ve been to. You get a great view of the whole beach before going down some stairs to reach the beach.
7. Port Melbourne Beach
This is where the ships and ferries depart from and arrive to, but still has a nice area to relax and is the closest beach to the city centre.
Beaches in Philip Island, Victoria
Philip Island is better known for its wildlife reserves (especially penguins) and for hosting the Grand Prix circuit. As I mention in my post about places to hike in Victoria, it also has some awesome walking trails.
Along with all of this it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in my life. If you go to Philip Island, make sure you check out a beach, and ideally, the surf.
8. Woolamai Beach
This is an amazing place for surfers. It is easy to access, near empty and endlessly beautiful.
9. Cowes Beach
Cowes has more of a small town or city vibe, with people playing various sports, sunbathing and picnicking on the beach. It’s a great place to relax.
10. Smiths Beach
Smiths Beach is another surf beach which seems to be more popular. It’s a lot more crowded and you’ll find a lot of younger kids learning to surf here.
Beaches in Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
Wilsons Prom is another place that was included in my post about hikes near Melbourne, and one of the things that makes it so great is the beaches you’ll come across along the way and the coastal views. These are the beaches I visited at the Prom, but I don’t doubt that the countless other beaches around there are just as stunning.
11. Sealers Cove
Just an endless stretch of yellow and blue. What more can you ask for? Paradise.
12. Refuge Cove
Another breathtaking beach with never-ending views.
13. Little Waterloo Bay
The unique rocks here make for really interesting colours reflected in the water of both the sea and the stream leading to it.
Beaches on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria
It should go without saying that the Great Ocean Road is home to some jaw-dropping beaches – I mean, it’s right there in the name. Along this road you will just find beach after beautiful beach and it’s hard to know if you should just stay at one and take it all in or keep going to see more and more amazing beaches.
14. Port Campbell
Conveniently located in the small town of Port Campbell, this is a popular yet quaint little beach with calm waters.
15. Loch Arch Gorge
This is really a must-see for anyone visiting Great Ocean Road. It has it all – unique natural structures, crystal clear water and soft white sand.
16. Aireys Inlet
This beach has fascinating rock formations and a beautiful sunrise.
17. Skenes Creek
This beach is located next to a playground with cute animal statues. It’s also a popular surf beach.
18. Gibson Steps to Twelve Apostles
This beach is home to the famous Twelve Apostles. It is a beautiful beach, but deemed to be dangerous for swimmers. You can walk along the beach and get up close with some of the apostles.
19. Logans Beach, Warrnambool
If you make it right to the end of Great Ocean Road, reward yourself by visiting Logans Beach which is refreshingly peaceful compared to most beaches along the road, and it’s also a great place to whale watch in Winter months.
Beaches on the East Coast of Victoria
20. Lakes Entrance Beach
As the name suggests, this beach is located right next to a lake, so on one side you have the beach, and on the other side is the lake. Quite a unique spot and an awesome surf beach!
Map of Beaches in Melbourne and Surrounds
All the beaches mentioned above are pinned on the following map for your reference.
Have you been to any of these beaches? Do you agree with my list? Which do you think is the best beach in Victoria? Comment below and let me know!
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