When people think of Melbourne, they often think of delicious food and wine, culture and art, fabulous shopping, and busy city streets. It’s a cultural mecca, and home to the AFL, exquisite art galleries, city laneways decorated with street art, great coffee and bars. People also think of temperamental weather, and four seasons in a day. But it’s often overlooked that, being down south, Melbourne is also home to some spectacular beaches and summer holiday spots. So, this edition, we share with you Melbourne’s best coastal spots to help you cool down this summer.
Located along the Great Ocean Road, and situated on the Anglesea River, Anglesea boasts patrolled surf and swimming beaches that are surrounded by beautiful forest and coastal scenery. Whether you want to surf, hire a canoe and explore the river, or tackle a coastal walk to bask in the fresh sea air, there is an Anglesea adventure to be had for all.
A popular tourist spot, especially in the summer months, Anglesea is home to a vast expanse of sand surrounding the mouth of the Anglesea River, which is a popular spot for swimmers looking to soak up the rays in the warmer months. Visitors to Anglesea are also able to enjoy the spectacular coastal vistas from Point Roadknight, the Harvey Street and Great Ocean Road lookouts. For those wanting to explore with their feet firmly on the ground, tackle the 44-kilometre Surf Coast Walk. Offering stunning natural beauty, this walk will take you through the inspiring landscapes of the Great Ocean Road, connecting Torquay and Aireys Inlet. Don’t be alarmed by the 44 kilometres; Anglesea is actually the midpoint of the Surf Coast Walk, which can be broken down into 12 sections, with each section around two to three kilometres in length.
Another ‘city beach’, Williamstown, is located in Melbourne’s south-west, and is positioned at the mouth of the Yarra River where it meets Hobsons Bay and the City of Port Phillip. From its origins as Melbourne’s first seaport (established in 1837), Williamstown today is a fashionable and popular maritime village, featuring spectacular heritage buildings just nine kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. Ferguson Street and Douglas Parade form the suburb’s main commercial precinct, and boast numerous restaurants, bars and cafes offering delicious gourmet treats.