11 outrageously beautiful Victoria, Australia beaches

A road trip through Victoria is the perfect way to see these stunning beaches.

Our website has routes, itinerary suggestions and more, all written for UK visitors.

Mark Chew

Bells Beach

Bells Beach is one of the most famous surf beaches in the world and its coastline lies within the first few kilometres of the Great Ocean Road. This beach is home to the longest running surf competition in the world, Rip Curl Pro, and was immortalised in the movie Point Break.

David Hannah

Forrest Caves Beach

A popular spot amongst surfers, Forrest Caves lies peacefully on Phillip Island’s southeastern shore. Near Cape Woolamai, this quiet stretch is a perfect place to listen to the sea while watching surfers.

David Hannah


One of the busier beach destinations on this list, Cowes is the most northern township on Phillip Island, home of the famous Penguin Parade. The Cowes jetty seen in this picture is an icon of the area and was first built in 1870.

Quarry Beach

One of the most eastern beaches of Victoria, Quarry Beach stretches over a kilometre long. While known for being peaceful and quiet, this beach is also a highly-regarded fishing and snorkeling spot.

Ewen Bell

Barwon Heads

Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne at the start of the Great Ocean Road, lies the quaint coastal town of Barwon Heads. With a population of less than 4,000, Barwon Heads beaches are usually a perfect spot to relax with a loved one. Tour de France winner and Barwon Head’s property owner, Cadel Evans is frequently seen in this tiny seaside destination!

Roberto Seba

Wilsons Promontory

Known as “Wilsons Prom” or “The Prom” amongst Australians, this peninsula is the most southern point of Australia’s mainland. Its beaches are protected as a national park and are often empty for you to enjoy. Many Australians describe this area as their “favourite place on earth.”

Rob Blackburn

Cape Bridgewater

Featuring the highest coastal cliffs in Victoria, Cape Bridgewater is a gem on the most western side of the state. We can’t always promise quiet at this beach, though. Cape Bridgewater is home to over 600 fur seals.

Paul Sinclair

Croajingolong National Park

This sprawling national park lies near the eastern border of Victoria and covers over 88,000 hectacres- nearly the same size as Cyprus. The beaches at Croajingolong National Park are mostly deserted, including this special beach near Shipwreck Creek that lives up to its name.

Gavin Hansford

Sealers Cove, Wilsons Promontory

If you have time, an overnight hike through Wilsons Promontory is an unforgettable experience.  The 35.5km option takes you right through Sealers Cove.

Andrew Paoli

Johanna Beach

At roughly the half-way point of the Great Ocean Road, Johanna Beach sits quietly in front of massive sand dunes. This serene area is so underpopulated, it hasn’t had a post office in over 45 years. The isolation makes this beach a campers and surfers paradise.

James Lauritz

Jan Juc Surf Beach

Located adjacent to Torquay, Jan Juc is another famous surfing destination on Victoria’s coast. This stretch of land is also known for its scenic cliffs and rock formations.