The Beaches in Port Phillip Bay

Beaches in the Bay Area - Victoria, Australia


From day trips to holidays, here are a few of our favourite bayside beaches. 

As Melburnians emerge from some of the toughest COVID lockdowns in the world, it’s time to open up the windows, let the spring sunshine in, and get out into nature. 

Considering it’s forecast to be the ‘Summer of the Picnic’, what better way to enjoy the company of friends and family than a beachside gathering? To get your summer plans sorted, here are some of the most picturesque beaches in the bay area. 

St Kilda

Starting closest to the city, the St Kilda strip is a must-do destination for locals and tourists alike. Filled with iconic cafes and restaurants, grab some fish and chips from the main street and head down to the sand to take in the sunset. What it lacks in swimming appeal, it makes up for in people watching as locals spill out of the beachside bars and tourists head to Luna Park for some fun thrills. 


Known for its iconic bathing sheds, Brighton beach is half an hour’s drive away from the middle of the bustling city. Enjoy a city-escape as the calm waters take you away from your worries and the white sand softens under your feet. With leafy, tree-lined streets sitting just behind it and boutique restaurants and stores only a few minutes walk away, Brighton is a relaxing beachside destination to enjoy a sizzling summer afternoon. 


Enjoy the serenity of the picturesque Rye beachfront in Port Phillip Bay. Boasting clear, blue water the waves are low, making it a great (and safe) swimming destination to cool down on a warm, breezy day. Featuring a 300 metre long pier, enjoy the views of the bayside area before stopping in on the local ice creamery. If you’re looking for a longer stay or some adventure, the Rye foreshores also offer camping, a boat ramp to access the sea, and a playground for kids to run off the sugar from the aforementioned ice cream.


Looking to escape further down the coast? Sorrento Front Beach is a stunning bayside day trip. On a clear, sunny day, spot the Melbourne skyline across the water and enjoy the wonder of scenic Norfolk Island Pines that line the coast. With grassy areas available to eat lunch (because no one wants sand in their salad), the picturesque views from the bay are unbeatable. With the ocean glistening in the sunshine and boats sailing on the waves, Sorrento Front Beach is a must-see beach in the bayside area. 


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