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C&G’s Guide to Bayside Beaches
As the sunshine hits Melbourne, Baysiders will be hitting the beach! The best part of living here is you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to sand and waves. They are all designed for relaxation and family fun, with an array of shopping strips and dining options within walking distances. Not sure which beach to visit first? This latest C&G blog lists some of our favourites – have a read!
Home to the colourfully iconic bathing boxes, this is one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist hotspots. It’s even got its own train station on the Sandringham line, which means you don’t have to stress over busy traffic hours or finding a parking spot. However, this iconic beach can get extremely busy! When you’re tired of the crowds you can always over to Church Street and enjoy the upmarket cafes, restaurants and shopping Brighton has to offer.
St Kilda Beach
Time Out calls this beach ‘Melbourne’s Bondi.’ St Kilda is popular with many beach activities such as beach cricket, volleyball, or even water sports like kite surfing. Enjoy a stroll along St Kilda pier – you might be lucky to spot some Fairy Penguins! This lively destination is easy to get to, with the 3a, 16 and 96 trams being viable options. You’ll be in walking distance of Acland Street with its plethora of dining and nightlife, and of course Luna Park!
Half Moon Bay
As the name suggests, this picturesque beach forms a crescent shape with some protection from disruptive weather. If you enjoy historic trivia, you can see the remains of the HMVS Cerberus, a 1870s battleship that was grounded in 1926. If you’re feeling hungry the Cerberus Beach House is an excellent choice. It offers casual fish and chip takeaway downstairs, but a fully-fledged seafood dining experience in the restaurant upstairs.
Home to the Elwood Life Saving Club, this is another scenic place to relax and have a swim. It is also where Chisholm and Gamon are supporting the Club’s Community Shred Day on 19 October! After a day at the beach, you can enjoy a stroll to Elwood’s trendy cafes and restaurants.
A gorgeous and spacious beach with a number of reefs to go snorkelling in. You can take a train to Hampton station and also enjoy the shopping and dining on Hampton Street. There are lots of picturesque walking trails surrounding the beach, including the dog-friendly Sandringham beach down the road!