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5 Best Beaches Close By To Melbourne Hotels

By Budget Motels on 25 October 2017

Melbourne is not generally known for its beaches (at least, not in the same way that Brisbane and the Gold Coast are), but it does have some beautiful spots to cool down on those scorching hot summer days. Although the Great Ocean Road is known for having some amazing beaches – particularly amongst surfers – it does require a bit of a drive. If you want to stay closer to the city, we have outlined 5 of the best beaches close to Melbourne hotels.

  • St Kilda Beach
    At about 20 minutes drive from the CBD, this beach is a real hotspot amongst locals and tourists alike. Many people liken it to Bondi – just without the crowds and camera crews. Although the water is fairly flat, it is perfect for a variety of water sports (including kite surfers and paddle boarders). The wide boardwalk attracts cyclists and walkers, and you’ll be within a stones throw of restaurants, cafes and Luna Park.
     
  • Brighton Beach
    At about half an hours drive from Melbourne hotels, the popularity of this beach lies in the 82 brightly coloured bathing boxes that line the foreshore. It is a popular spot amongst swimmers, sunbathers and surfers alike – when the wind picks up, there are some pretty decent waves. Windy conditions also create rip holes, which make for some decent fishing too. Grab a bite to eat at the nearby restaurants and cafes.
     
  • Williamstown Beach
    At about half an hours drive from the CBD, this popular destination is known as “Willy Beach” to the locals. It’s popular with swimmers, sunbakers and even sailors but the spectacular views are often what draws visitors to the area. Head to Gem Pier for unobscured views of the amazing city skyline – it’s beautiful by day and spectacular at night. This is one of the more popular spots to view the New Years Eve fireworks.
     
  • Mordialloc Beach
    At about 45 minutes drive from Melbourne hotels, this beach has more to offer than just sand and water. There’s a restaurant (Windows on the Bay) basically right on the sand, a kids playground, a BBQ and picnic area, a bike path that runs all the way to Mentone, and a 300 metre long pier. This spot is hugely popular amongst families, so if you have young kids we highly recommend bringing them down here.
     
  • Sorrento Beaches
    At about an hour and a half’s drive from the CBD, this beach is a little further afield on the popular Mornington Peninsula but is well worth the journey. With the waters of Port Philip Bay on one side and Bass Strait on the other, Sorrento is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Take the kids for a paddle on the calm waters of the front beach or take the surfboard out on the rougher back beach.

Whether you’re looking to cool off when the mercury is on the rise or you want to take a walk along the sand, we are sure that one of the beaches around the Melbourne area will suit your needs perfectly. Most of them face directly onto Port Philip Bay, ensuring that the waters will calm enough for the kids to frolic in the waves safely. With summer just on the horizon, plan your beach getaway today by booking Melbourne hotels with Budget Motels.