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.


  • maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between yourself and others
  • wear a face mask when required
  • practice good hygiene by washing your hands and using hand sanitiser regularly.

Glass ban

There's a glass ban at all our beaches. So don't bring glass to the beach. Your feet will thank you for it.

Alcohol bans

If you're heading to the beach, a reminder that the annual St Kilda Foreshore alcohol ban runs from 1 November until 31 March. The ban covers 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 ahead for your day outdoors this summer. To avoid the crowds, try arriving at the beach or park early in the day.

With 11km of foreshore and many beautiful parks and gardens, we’re spoilt for choice. Why not try visiting somewhere new this year?

Dogs on beaches

From 1 November to 31 March, dog off-leash beach restrictions change. For the map of what restrictions are in place during this period, visit dog parks and beaches.

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. 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 a friend.
  • Check VicEmergency for beach closures and emergency information.
  • Boating safety tips

Check summer safety for more details.