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Beach season: where to go in the City of Port Phillip?
Beach season: where to go in the City of Port Phillip?
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13 Nov 2019

Beach season: where to go in the City of Port Phillip?

The puffer jackets are gone and we can finally start to enjoy the warmer weather.  And nothing says summer quite like the beach! Whether you prefer to be swimming, kicking back with your favourite book or staying active by the water, there’s a beach out that’s right for you.

With so many great foreshore locations in the City of Port Phillip, we chose a handful of our favourites to get you started.

Sandridge Beach

Arguably the jewel in the Port Phillip crown, Sandridge Beach is low-key, which makes it perfect for families. Located in Port Melbourne, this dog-friendly beach features a great playground for kids, and is equipped with picnic tables, BBQ facilities, as well as a dunes area to explore.

Overall, Sandridge is a great example of a family beach that’s ideal for summer activities, while cooling off by the water.

How to get there

The easiest way to get to this tucked away beach in Port Melbourne is the 236 bus, which stops at the Sandridge Life Saving Club.

Elwood Beach
Elwood Beach

One of the busier spots on a warm summer’s day, Elwood Beach has something for everybody. With walking and bike paths, BBQ areas and cafes in the vicinity, Elwood Beach is for the whole family. Also within the vicinity is the Elwood Angling Club and Elwood Life Saving Club, with plenty of car parking – which comes in handy when those hot Melbourne days hit.

The beach is also a popular spot for recreational activities. You can find locals kite boarding and kite surfing, using strong southerly winds to help them take off and manoeuvre their boards.

How to get there

Your best method of getting to Elwood is the 606 bus, which stops at Elwood RSL, a short walk to the foreshore.

St Kilda Beach
St Kilda Beach

It wouldn’t a complete Port Phillip beach list without St Kilda’s shoreline. A spot for locals, tourists and Melburnians alike, St Kilda’s foreshore backs onto a wide variety of nearby restaurants, bars, and entertainment, including nearby Luna Park.

A popular meeting spot in the summer, visitors can spend the day swimming in the water, before drying off and grabbing a drink at a variety of bars, such as Republica. The blue waters of St Kilda also play host to great sustainable activities like stand-up paddle boarding – check out popular local company Kite Republic to get geared up.

How to get there

The 96 or 16 tram takes you right to Acland Street/Fitzroy Street, where Catani Gardens is just on your right.

South Melbourne/Port Melbourne Beach
Port Melbourne Beach

Highlighted by Kerferd Road and Lagoon Piers, the South Melbourne/Port Melbourne Beach is one of the most closely patrolled beaches in Melbourne. Because the boundary of both South and Port Melbourne cross the beach, both Life Saving Clubs from each suburb patrol here.

A feature of this area is the local beach volleyball courts (there are 10 all up!). You can create your own Top Gun scenes duking it out on the sand.

How to get there

Take the 1 tram from the city and get off at Beaconsfield Parade/Victoria Avenue.

No matter if you’re heading for a swim or relaxing by the water this summer, make sure you’re using sunscreen, shade and a hat, as well as swimming between the flags.

For more information on what exciting activities and events are happening over summer in the City of Port Phillip, see our latest blog posts now.