Play it safe

We want everyone to enjoy time outdoors at our beaches, parks and foreshore reserves this summer.

Here are some tips to help make summer safe, clean and fun for everyone.

Remember:

  • maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between yourself and others
  • carry your face mask with you. Face masks continue to be mandatory in certain locations. Wearing a face mask is also strongly recommended outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • there's a glass ban at all our beaches so don't bring glass to the beach. Your feet will thank you for it.
  • good hand hygiene is key – carry hand sanitiser with you and use it regularly after touching items and surfaces while you’re out. And don’t forget to wash your hands before you leave and when you return home.

Alcohol bans

If you're heading to the beach, a reminder that the annual St Kilda Foreshore alcohol ban runs until 31 March, covering St Kilda's beaches and foreshore reserves from Langridge to Thackeray Street.

There is also a total alcohol ban across the City of Port Phillip at New Year's (8 pm 30 December until 12 midday 2 January) and Australia Day (from 8 pm on 25 January until 12 midday on 27 January).

Please see our alcohol bans page for full details.

Bin your rubbish or take it with you

We’re providing extra public rubbish bins, bin collections and beach cleans this summer so don't forget to bin your rubbish or take it with you.

Plan your day

We encourage you to plan your day ahead this year. To avoid the crowds, try making your trip to the beach or park early in the day.

We're lucky to have so many beautiful beaches and parks in Port Phillip so why not try somewhere new this summer?

Dogs on beaches

From 1 November to 31 March, dog off-leash beach restrictions change. Go to dogs on beaches for the map of what restrictions are in place during this period.

Jet skis and personal watercraft (PWC)

We want summer at our beaches to be safe and fun for everyone. There are dedicated swimming only zones along our beaches and Maritime Safety Victoria is responsible for general jet ski and PWC compliance matters.

If you see dangerous or life-threatening behaviour on the water when you’re enjoying time at the beach, please call triple zero (000) immediately to report the incident to the police.

For more information about swimming and boating zones from Sandridge to Elwood and contact details for agencies who manage the bay areas, check our Boating and Swimming Zones.

Play it safe by the water

Life Saving Victoria is sharing advice to help everyone stay safe by the water this summer, including:

  • Find a patrolled beach – Use Beachsafe to find your nearest patrolled beach and check patrolling dates and times.
  • Wherever possible, swim at a beach patrolled by lifesavers and between the red and yellow flags.
  • Supervise children closely around water and always swim with friend.
  • VicEmergency for beach closures and emergency information.
  • Boating safety tips

Check summer safety for more details.