Our beaches are among the most popular in Melbourne for recreation and provide an important habitat for indigenous vegetation and wildlife. Our beaches can be accessed by public transport, with lots of great walking and cycling trails.
Facilities along the foreshore include bicycle and pedestrian pathways, boating and sporting facilities, restaurants, pavilions, children's playgrounds, BBQs, public toilets and car parking.
As part of our beach pride, we ensure regular beach cleaning and that we work to reduce our stormwater pollution.
For information about the accessibility features on the foreshore, visit the Accessible Beaches web page.
A quiet residential beach with views to the city, the Piers, playground and BBQ areas makes this a great place to bring the family. Beacon Cove also offers restaurants whilst Perc White Reserve and the Webb Dock Trail is highly valued for its regional significant native vegetation as a coastal nature reserve and for passive recreation.
Port Melbourne Beach
Wide sand beaches, dunal areas and grass areas dotted with palm trees, make this a truly beautiful beach. Close to the CBD and public transport, its walking paths, bike paths and beach tennis makes it popular for residents and visitors alike.
South Melbourne / Middle Park Beach
This popular beach and picturesque Kerferd Road Pier is well recognised by families, sunbathers, anglers, volleyball players and swimmers alike. It also plays host to a playground, cafés, new public toilets and exercise stations. Council worked with the state government Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to protect and maintain the $5 million renourished Middle Park beach.
St Kilda Beach
Cosmopolitan St Kilda Beach is one of Melbourne's most popular attractions. The historic pier, summer sporting and music events, kite boarding, cafes and restaurants, nightlife and multi use promenade, provides something for everyone.
The beautiful Elwood foreshore with its bridges, walking paths, bike paths, coastal vegetation, BBQ areas, lifesaving club, sailing and angling clubs, sea scouts, and restaurant and kiosks is a great place to take the family. Council has worked with the state government Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to invest $3 million to renourish the beach from erosion and filter stormwater flows.
Water Safety, 'Play it Safe by the Water'
This Victorian Government website promotes water safety at the beach, pool and inland waters, through education and awareness. The site has lots of useful information and tips, including how a rip works and an excellent kids education section.
EPA beach report
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) provides a beach report detailing beach conditions including water quality, rubbish, and stormwater discharge.
Recreational Boating, Transport Safety Victoria
Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is the State's marine safety agency and is responsible for recreational boating operations & licencing, boating safety and awareness. The MSV website has the Recreational Boating Handbook in 9 languages, practice tests online for boats and personal water crafts and the 'Where to Go Boating in Victoria' Online Map and more.
Life Saving Victoria
There are five clubs that patrol our beaches to keep them safe. See Life Saving Victoria's page for more information.
Life Saving Victoria has the mission to prevent aquatic related death and injury and the vision that all Victorians will learn water safety, swimming and resuscitation, and be provided with safe beaches, water environments and aquatic venues.
Life Saving Sports
Lifesaving sport combining fitness and social fun for ages from 6 to adults. Activities include twilight and weekend competitions, and individual and team competition to improve skills in lifesaving.
For enquires and more information please see the Life Saving Victoria Sports.
Fun, educational and social fitness that teaches beach safety and first aid skills to children. Nippers programs are for ages five to 13 years.
Nippers are located in Port Melbourne (next to Sandridge Beach), with clubs at Elwood, Port Melbourne, Sandridge, South Melbourne and St Kilda.
For more information, please see Life Saving Victoria Nippers.