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For a city beach experience, it’s hard to beat St Kilda. Just a tram ride away from downtown Melbourne, it’s the type of place where a quick dip is followed by market shopping and a relaxing drink at any number of bustling bars and cafes. The esplanade is also home to the iconic Luna Park, which can be admired from below or up high on the rollercoaster.
Take a short trip from St Kilda to check out the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes. Built over a century ago, the boxes are almost unchanged if not for the colourful licks of paint. These distinctive designs have turned the beach into one of the most photographed spots in the city.
Swap the wild crowds for wildlife with a trip to Phillip Island. Here you can witness one of Victoria’s most amazing sights, little penguins returning to shore after a day of fishing, or visit one of its most famous surfing beaches, Cape Woolamai. Try your hand at surfing, take a dip at patrolled swimming areas or take in the pink granite cliffs from any number of coastal walks.
Summer living in Victoria doesn’t get better than Portsea. The high-end holiday spot is dotted with imposing mansions and private jetties, just take the Millionaire’s Walk to Sorrento to see.
Located on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Portsea features surf beaches and calm swimming bays in one beautiful spot. Divers can explore the reef system around Portsea Pier or boat out to outlying reefs and historic wrecks.
What’s that sound? This beautiful beach in Wilsons Promontory National Park is known for its distinctive squeak as you walk, caused by the rounded grains of quartz underfoot. Take a dip in the crystal-clear water, gaze out at distant islands and adventure through the large granite boulders at the northern end of the beach.
One of Australia’s best known surf beaches, this iconic spot is home to the annual Rip Curl Surfing competition. Talking of which, we suggest leaving the surfing to the pros. With waves as high as 15 feet, the action is best enjoyed from solid ground with camera in hand.
With it’s sparkling water and clean white sand, Lorne is arguably one of Victoria’s best swimming beaches. The small sets of waves which roll in are perfect for learning to surf too. After a refreshing dip, walk to Shelley Beach to explore the rock pools or head to the Lorne Hotel for a cold beer with views over the water.
Located on the Bellarine Peninsula, this popular surfing beach gets its name from its close proximity to the thirteenth hole of the Barwon Heads Golf Course. Stretching out over 2.7 miles (4.5km), the picturesque beach is made for long walks.
Eastern Beach has been a popular seaside destination for more than a century, with the sea bath being built back in the 1930s. Launch off the diving tower into the cool water below or swim out to several floating islands. Post-swim, enjoy a picnic on the scenic reserve or take a stroll along the historic boardwalk.
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If you love long walks on the beach, you’ll love this Gippsland gem. One of the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world, 90-Mile faces Bass Strait and backs the Gippsland Lakes, making it perfect for hiking, camping and fishing. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, and people for that matter (here you won’t find many).
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