Our parks are home to some of the best beaches in Victoria, from unspoilt coastal wilderness to popular surf spots, snorkelling reefs and swimming coves. Whether you’re looking for a seaside day trip from Melbourne or an all-out road trip to distant, untamed coastlines, you can find the perfect beach here.
Remember, you may encounter hazards at the beach. Follow our Water Safety advice to make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable.
Beaches near Melbourne
Mornington Peninsula National Park
This popular strip of coast and bushland offers a blend of natural scenery, fascinating historic features and water activities. This park has some of the most famous beaches in Victoria, from Portsea and Sorrento back beaches, to the surfing spots of Gunnamatta Beach and Rye Ocean Beach.
This beautiful park is also perfect for whale watching and wildlife discovery, as it protects a range of rare and threatened species.
Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
Just near Beaumaris in Melbourne’s south-east, this suburban haven is a top spot to enjoy the sunshine, have a swim and explore a dazzling marine world.
The rock pools, platforms, sea caves and offshore reefs provide habitat for an array of sea and birdlife, making it popular for snorkelling and diving, and the Junior Ranger program lets kids get up close to nature.
Adjoining the Point Cook Marine Sanctuary, this park has a narrow sandy stretch of beach and offshore, low reefs rising from the sea floor.
This supports a fascinating range of marine life, making it ideal for snorkelling, swimming and diving. Onshore, try some birdwatching or explore the historic homestead.
Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve
Occupying a finger of land into Swan Bay, this special little reserve protects one of the last intact areas of coastal woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula. Take a walk along the trails and explore cool woodlands, salt marshes and native plants and animals.
Beaches in Eastern Victoria
Ninety-Mile Beach Marine National Park
This untamed stretch of coastline runs alongside the slender strip of sand dunes that protect the Gippsland Lakes. There’s plenty of beach here to plonk a towel, swim, surf, boat and take long barefoot walks.
Keep your eyes peeled for the many little creatures that burrow into the fine sands. If you're visiting the park with your furry friend, dogs are allowed at Paradise Beach and Flamingo Beach. Learn more on our dog-friendly parks page.
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Take a hike for a few special beaches that are off the beaten track. Refuge Cove, Sealers Cove and Little Waterloo Bay are hike-in campsites on the Southern Overnight Circuit.
You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a secluded pocket of paradise: golden sands, blue water and the peace of nature all around. Refuge Cove is also safe anchorage for vessels. As these beaches are not patrolled, swimming and water activities could be dangerous here.
Explore the spectacular shores of the Wilderness Coast, from the astounding natural beauty of remote beaches in Mallacoota and the Cape Howe Wilderness Zone to the picturesque lighthouse of Point Hicks.The inlets provide many sheltered picnic and camping areas near the sea, as well as calm waters for kayaking and fishing.
The beaches of Cape Conran Coastal Park to the west are popular for whale watching and surfing.
Beaches in Western Victoria
This stretch of the Great Ocean Road is unmatched for spectacular beaches. Aside from the many gorgeous coves and soft sands, the beautiful coastline is dotted by cliffs, reefs, rockpools, waterfalls and rainforest, plus an incredible diversity of animals, birds and marine life.
Bells Beach (home to the Rip Curl Pro) and Johanna Beach are two of Victoria’s best surfing beaches. Visit our surfing page for other popular spots.
This stunning park west of the seaside town of Peterborough offers plenty of sandy spots, including pretty beaches at Childers Cove and Murnanes Bay.
Just down the road from Port Campbell National Park and the busy Twelve Apostles, this is a quieter alternative for striking cliffs and offshore rock formations.
A raw stretch of ocean, beach and grassy dunes, Belfast Coastal Reserve runs for 16km between the holiday towns of Port Fairy and Warrnambool.
Popular with surfers, anglers and dog-walkers, the reserve is also an important nesting ground for threatened bird species, particularly the Hooded Plover.
Horse-riding is allowed along parts of the Belfast Coastal Reserve.