When it comes to the best beaches in Melbourne, most people think of St. Kilda. It's true, St. Kilda beach screams seaside vibes and long summer days on the ocean. But Melbourne isn't a one-beach city. For those of you who love spending your holidays on the beach, Melbourne doesn't disappoint.
To help you make the most of digging your toes into the warm sand, here are seven Melbourne beaches that will leave you breathless for all the bright reasons. From the quiet and isolated to the buzzing and popular, there's literally a beach in Melbourne for everyone.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne places you right in the heart of the city with easy direct access to the coast. Stay in comfy rooms loaded with all of the facilities you need helping to create the ultimate city by the sea getaway. With public transport links on the doorstep and plenty to see and do nearby, it's your all in one destination for vibrant city escapes and relaxing beach breaks.
Ready to discover the best beaches in Melbourne on your next visit to the glorious oceanside city? Here are seven Melbourne beaches to add to your itinerary.
1. St. Kilda Beach
We mentioned it earlier and will mention it again because it really is the most iconic beach in Melbourne. St. Kilda is a popular haunt for both visitors and locals alike. Its soft sand, gentle waves, 167-year old pier, and its boardwalk-lined promenade give it a traditional beachside feel. Think along the lines of the golden age of beachside holidays.
Of course, for many families visiting St. Kilda, the beach isn't the only attraction. In the surrounding area you will find the fun-filled Luna Park loaded with family-friendly rides. The vast number of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops mean you can enjoy the fresh sea air with a decent coffee, a little bit of retail therapy, and some delicious dining options.
Located just 6 km from Melbourne CBD, reaching St. Kilda is easy. Public transport connects the city to the coast, making it easy to go from bed to beach in no time at all. For some truly breathtaking views, why not head here before sunset and grab a drink at one of the beachfront bars. Kick back and enjoy the show as the sun sets, turning the ocean from azure blue to liquid gold. Perfection!
2. Brighton Beach
From Melbourne's most iconic beach to Melbourne's most photographed beach, Brighton Beach is a must for any visitor to the city. Framed by 82 vibrant wooden bathing boxes and beach huts, this timeless tourist attraction is truly a sight to behold.
The clean, clear and shallow waters are perfect for families to enjoy. It's a place where picnics are the norm and the grassy area behind the beach takes the sand out of your sandwiches. The distant towering skyscrapers of Melbourne combined with the ever colorful Brighton Beach boxes make this beach an Instagram lover's paradise.
Reaching Dendy Street Beach takes just 20-minutes from Melbourne CBD. Everything to cycling paths, walking routes and barbecue facilities can be found here. Perfect for little explorers to enjoy the sun without getting bored.
3. Port Melbourne Beach
Located just 3.7 kilometers from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Port Melbourne Beach is perfect for a Bayside day out. It's one of those rare places that captures the beauty of the natural and industrial without looking too cluttered. Best of all, with it being so close to the hotel, last minute day trips are never an issue.
The beachfront is lined with gastronomic delights, perfect for all taste buds. While not a great Beach for surfing, it's extremely popular for swimming, paddle boarding and kitesurfing. Enjoy playing in the clean water as cruise ship goliath's pass by in the near distance.
Station pier offers some fantastic views and photo opportunities, while an array of boutiques and cafes make for great shopping and relaxation. Of course, the star of the attraction is the beach itself. Long stretches of white sand gently lapped by clear blue water makes it one of Melbourne's most popular family beaches.
4. Altona Beach
Famed for being the largest recreational beach in Melbourne's western suburbs, Altona Beach spans 3 km along the coast. The Altona Pier stretches out 500 meters into the ocean, perfect for a spot of fishing or just to take in the sights. Running parallel to the beach is the Esplanade, great for finding plenty of food, drink and souvenirs.
Sand flats ensure that younger ones can play safely in the water without getting out of their depth; there's also a beach patrol for added peace of mind. Sandwiched between two beach reserves, unspoiled natural beauty is everywhere you look. Nearby, you'll find the Truganina Park, Cheetham Wetlands and Altona Coastal Park, perfect for going wild on the oceanfront.
Located less than a 20-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, it's a great place to head in the early evening. For those traveling without a car, public transport takes you from the heart of Melbourne CBD straight into Altona Beach.
5. Williamstown Beach
Whenever a beach is popular with the locals, you know that it's going to be amazing. Stunning views across Port Phillip Bay make it a place to just sit back, soak up some rays and watch the world go by. As with many of Melbourne's best beaches, beautiful green parks perfect for picnicking can be found right on site.
Throughout the summer months, the beach is patrolled making it ideal for families with young children. For those who want to enjoy a spot of fishing, head over to Eastern pier where the water is deeper. If you want to enjoy a little bit of sightseeing on your day out at the beach, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Hatt Reserve, and Fearon Reserve are all within walking distance.
Reaching Williamstown Beach from Crowne Plaza Melbourne is as easy as jumping on the train from Southern Cross Station. In less than 30 minutes you can be taking a dip in the ocean. If traveling by car, it takes less than 15 minutes to reach the beach. Sweeping views, lots of things to see and do, and an affluent atmosphere make this beach a must.
6. South Melbourne Beach
Another Beach that is hugely popular with Melbourne locals is South Melbourne Beach. This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the closest to Melbourne CBD, making it perfect for those who don't want to venture too far from the hotel. Popular for swimming and picnicking, the sand dunes and beach playground are ideal for young kids to tear around and explore.
Kerferd Road Pier reaches out into the ocean, a theme found around the bay. For those who love a spot of volleyball on the beach, the beach volleyball courts are a real treat. Throughout the summer, the beach is patrolled and swimming conditions tend to be among the safest in Melbourne. Right next to South Melbourne Beach is Port Melbourne Beach, so visiting them both in one day is super easy.
Located just a 7-minutes drive from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, public transport options can whisk you there in 20-minutes. For those who fancy walking to the beach, it takes approximately 45 minutes and is a great way to take in suburban sites at your own pace.
7. Sandringham Beach
Once a hotspot for early Melbournites of time gone by, Sandringham Beach still echoes a traditional beachside vibe. Like most of the beaches on this list, Sandringham Beach is perfect for swimming and off beach activities. At one end, you have shallow waters lined by soft golden sand, the other end offers a wilder, more rugged feel.
The rotunda provides stunning sweeping views of the bay and ocean, perfect for taking in sunrises and sunsets. Running adjacent to the beach, you'll also find walking and running trails and a variety of shops. While within close reach of Melbourne City, it comes with a truly laid-back atmosphere. As the surrounding area has transformed, the beach has managed to cling on to its uniquely old-world style. Perfect for long lazy days away from the masses.
Reaching Sandringham Beach from Crowne Plaza Melbourne takes between 20 and 25 minutes by car. Public transport options are also available to whisk you to this Hidden gem in Melbourne, taking roughly under an hour from A to B. If you appreciate isolation, uninterrupted views of Melbourne City and a gentler pace, this is definitely the beach for you.
Beautiful beaches in Melbourne Perfect for Family
There are plenty of beautiful beaches in Melbourne perfect for families looking to make the most of the warm sands, inviting waters and beachside attractions. If you’re wondering which beach is the cleanest beach in Melbourne, the short answer is all of them.
For a day of family fun in traditional seaside settings, St. Kilda never fails to deliver. It’s one of those places where childhood memories are made, with endless ice creams, fairground rides and beach time to be had. If you have very young kids that like to run around, South Melbourne Beach has lots of space to enjoy - along with patrolled areas to keep everyone safe.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne makes it possible to blend city and beach into one family holiday - delivering amazing city fun on the doorstep and some of the best Melbourne beaches less than 10-minutes away. From toddlers to teenagers and parents to grandparents - there’s nowhere quite like Melbourne for quality time together on the ocean.
Hotels near Beach in Melbourne - Your Stay Your Way
When it comes to the best Melbourne beaches, you're literally spoiled for choice when staying at Crowne Plaza Melbourne. From the bustling seaside town of St. Kilda to the secluded beauty of Sandringham - there’s a beach for every type of beachgoer. Whether you are staying for a week, or visiting for a weekend each of these beaches is well worth spending some time on.
As Melbourne's only absolute riverfront hotel, Crowne Plaza Melbourne puts you in a prime city-centre location with easy access to all of the best beaches, bays and oceanside fun in the region. Located next to the best that Melbourne has to offer, you can stay in gorgeous river view or city view rooms with state of the art amenities for a holiday set to satisfy.
Wake up to views of the glistening river or the glittering city in rooms made for an amazing stay from the moment you arrive. One of the best things about Crowne Plaza Melbourne is that you can take advantage of the best of both worlds. Spend the day at the beach soaking up the sun before making your way on the short journey back into the city for a night of entertainment, attractions and activities.
Whether visiting for business or checking in for leisure, make the most of stylish Melbourne accommodation, modern facilities and amenities, and everything else you need for a memorable stay in the heart of the city. The beautiful beaches, stunning cityscapes, and amazing activities make it perfect for business travellers, couples, families and solo travellers alike.