Victoria is blessed with many beautiful beaches, each with its own personality and perfect for different activities. From waterfront parks to bustling Main Beaches, there's something for everyone! So pack up your picnic lunch, slap on some sunscreen, pack your beach tent and get ready to enjoy some serious beach time!
Do you have a favourite Melbourne around beach that didn't make our list? Let us know in the comments below.
SUNPLAY Australia's Top 10 picks in and around Melbourne, Victoria.
1. Altona Beach
A local, hidden gem that’s actually pretty amazing and well worth a special trip with the kids if you’re not lucky enough to be a local. It is a great option for families looking for a beach close to Melbourne. The beach is only a short drive from the city and has plenty of facilities to keep everyone happy. There are lifeguards on duty during the summer months, toilets and showers, and a playground for the kids. The sand is also perfect for building sandcastles. Altona Beach also a great place to take scooters.
2. Carrum Beach
The nautical-themed playground at Carrum Beach foreshore has one of the best Melbourne beaches in all southern suburbs. It's calm and quiet, which we love because it gives us time to relax after exploring this beautiful city! The beach at Carrum is a popular spot with its easy access from the highway and paid parking. It's within walking distance of Frankston station, which makes it an excellent location for day trips or holidays!
3. Dendy Street Beach
On a sunny day in Melbourne, there's no better place to be than the beach. If you're looking for that famous strip of sand and oceanfront views then head down Brighton Road where each brightly decorated box provides great hiding places for kids as well as being reputedly one-of-a kind on its own with cleanliness!
The beach might not have many facilities surrounding but there's something charming about being able to explore every nook and cranny before getting out onto actual sand – plus kids love hiding out in the beach boxes. Set up your beach tent and stay and watch the kids play.
4. Albert Park South Melbourne
The small, sandy beach of Albert Park is a great place to take children. Not only does it have safe waters but also includes some fantastic play structures like the Plum Garland Memorial Playground with water features!
5. Surfs Beach
Surfs Beach is a popular spot for swimming, surfing and body boarding. It's also great for families as there are lifeguards on duty during the summer months, and there are also several BBQs and picnic areas nearby.
6. Sandridge Beach
Sandridge Beach is located in the Sandridge neighbourhood of St. Kilda, just a few minutes from the city centre. The beach is wide and sandy, with plenty of space for families to spread out and enjoy the sun and surf. There are also several playgrounds nearby, making it easy to keep the kids entertained.
7. Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Victoria, and for good reason. The beach is wide and sandy, with plenty of space for families to spread out. There are also several restaurants and cafes nearby, making it easy to grab a bite to eat.
8. Williamstown Beach
Williamstown Beach is a great spot for families, with plenty of parking, a playground, BBQs and sheltered swimming area. The beach is also patrolled by lifeguards during the day.
9. Point Lonsdale Beach
Point Lonsdale Beach is located on the Bellarine Peninsula, just a short drive from Melbourne. The beach is wide and sandy, with plenty of space for families to spread out. There are also several playgrounds and BBQs nearby, making it a great spot to relax and enjoy the views.
10. Clifton Springs Beach
Clifton Springs Beach is a great option for families looking for a beach close to Melbourne. The beach is only a short drive from the city and has plenty of facilities to keep everyone happy. There are lifeguards on duty during the summer months, toilets and showers, and a playground for the kids.
So there you have it, SUNPLAY Australia's Top 10 family friendly beaches in Victoria! Whether you're looking for a beach with plenty of amenities or a more natural setting, there's sure to be a spot that's perfect for your family. Pack your beach tent and explore the beauty of Victoria!