Walking Tracks by the Bay
Get out in nature and enjoy the tranquility of bayside walking trails.
While driving down the coast or lounging on the sand is a great way to spend a summer’s day, sometimes you want to explore the stunning Melbourne coastline on foot. With evidence that nature walks can increase memory performance and decrease anxiety, spending time enjoying the environment is a must-do. We’ve collated some of the most picturesque walking trails for your next day off or trip to the bay area.
City Escape - Port Melbourne to St Kilda
Starting off in the city, the Port Melbourne to St Kilda walk is a great way to enjoy beach views for an afternoon. Head off on your journey in the wetlands of Westgate Park and walk towards St Kilda beach. The 14 kilometre round trip is an easy meander through the streets and foreshores of Port Phillip Bay and if you’re lucky, you may even spot some Fairy Penguins around St Kilda pier at sundown.
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Bathing Shed Stroll - Elwood to Sandringham
The Elwood to Sandringham walk is perfect for a warm day. Whether you want a brisk trip or a leisurely stroll, you can stop off for lunch, enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea and even spy some of the famous bathing sheds on this journey. A 16 kilometre return walk, you can go at your own pace and enjoy the stunning sights of the bayside.
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Picturesque Paths - Sandringham to Beaumaris
This coastal walk is an easy-to-follow trail that begins in the bayside suburb of Sandringham and ends at the southerly Beaumaris. With picturesque views of the bay, rockpools and local flora and fauna, this walk gets you further out of the city and into nature. If you fancy bringing your swimmers, there’s the family-friendly Half Moon Bay to cool off in. To learn more about the Indigenous land you’re walking on, this trail features signs explaining the history of the area. This walk is medium-leveled along the clifftops and is a 16 kilometre, rejuvenating round trip.
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Historic Explore - Point Nepean Coastal Walk
A bit further down the coast, you’ll find the Point Nepean Coastal Walk at the southernmost point of the stunning Mornington Peninsula. With Bass Straight on one side and Port Phillip Bay on the other, enjoy picture-perfect beaches and coastal vegetation away from the city. There’s a lot of history on this walk as you pass Cheviot Beach, the site where Prime Minister Harold Holt was last seen before his disappearance, and Fort Nepean, structures used in Australia’s defense force until the end of World War II. With a round trip of 6 kilometres, this easier walk has a lot to explore and ends back at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.
Discover more Point Nepean walks here.
Whether you’re in the mood for a whole day trip or a Sunday afternoon stroll, Port Phillip Bay’s walking trails feature stunning views, unique flora and fauna and fascinating history.