The best beaches in Victoria

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Posted December 22, 2023

Looking for surf, swimming, relaxation with the family and more? Victoria’s beaches have it all. Here are the best beaches dotted around Victoria.

Victoria is a haven for beach enthusiasts, offering a plethora of stunning coastal gems catering to surf aficionados, families in search of fun, and those wanting serene relaxation. 

While Victoria may not be as famed for its beaches as Noosa or the Gold Coast, when you travel on the coastlines, there’s a wide variety of beautiful beaches to discover, from the best dog beaches to the best beach walks both in Melbourne and along the surf coast.  

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Best surf beaches in Victoria

Bells Beach, Torquay

It wouldn't be a list of the Surf Coast's best beaches without a nod to this southern belle in the heart of Torquay on the Great Ocean Road. 

Bells Beach is not only a world-famous surf break, it's also the home of the Rip Curl Pro, world's longest continuously running pro surfing competition. 

There are also some fantastic lookouts atop the cliffs that offer sweeping views of the rugged inlet and beyond. The majestic sandy stretch is a gorgeous spot to soak up some sunshine while watching surfers catch some waves. 

With powerful waves and a captivating coastal backdrop, it's a must-visit for surf enthusiasts.

Surf Life Saving Australia advise that it can be relatively safe to swim inshore during low waves, but that during big seas, surf will create a rip that can become an ‘express ride’ for surfers, so it is important to stay alert of weather conditions as it us an unpatrolled area.  

Make a stay of it at the RACV Torquay Resort.

Jan Juc Beach, Jan Juc

Right around the corner from Torquay lies this cliff-lined cove ideal for surfers and strong swimmers. While it’s still popular in summer, it’s a good – and close – way to escape the Torquay crowds on a Great Ocean Road pit stop.

A cliff-lined cove offering consistently high waves, it provides an exhilarating experience for those seeking an adrenaline-packed surf session.

If you’re staying on dry land, set off for a stroll along the cliffs on the Surf Coast Walk. You’ll weave through the Bird Rock lookouts – the perfect vantage point for watching the surfers dominate the waves below.

Point Impossible, Torquay

Known for consistent waves and diverse surf conditions, Point Impossible caters to surfers of all levels, from those looking to learn to surf to pros experienced in surfing the big waves. 

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned rider, this beach offers an excellent surfing experience.

Note: this is a clothing optional beach.

Cape Woolamai Surf Beach, Phillip Island

As Phillip Island’s longest beach, this holiday hotspot is renowned for having some of the best surf in the state, with the word Woolamai coming from its granite cliffs and golden beaches. 

Patrolled during the summer, it’s best for experienced surfers looking to ride larger waves, with beginners and families better off exploring Cowes Beach nearby. 

There’s so much to do in Phillip Island, from exploring the Nature Parks to the penguins and forgotten islands.

Make a stay of it with a leisurely 45-minute drive to the RACV Inverloch Resort.


Loch Ard Gorge will make you feel worlds away. Image: Visit Victoria.
The Surf Coast's famed Bells Beach in Torquay. Image: Visit Victoria.
Geelong's waterfront has a plethora of activities for having fun in the sun. Image: Supplied

Best beaches in Victoria for families

Lorne Beach, Lorne

When it comes to Surf Coast swim spots, it doesn't get much more spectacular than Lorne Beach. With rolling waves, a gentle sea breeze, pristine sand and crystal-clear water, the hardest part about swimming here is choosing where to lay your towel.

Kids will love the foreshore playground with its own ship, slides and giant wooden seals, while adults will love being able to duck across the road for a coffee or ice cream. The beach really falls into many categories, with great surf, safe swimming between the flags, and beautiful coastal views that stretch along the Surf Coast Shire. 

After a day of dipping and splashing, watch the sunset over the ocean as the night riders catch some evening waves before grabbing a pie at nearby Dean’s Marsh.

Rye Front Beach, Rye 

Rye Front Beach is a family-friendly haven with gentle waves, making it perfect for a leisurely swim with its crystal-clear waters and warm white sand. Families can come to swim, scuba, snorkel and even fish off the Rye pier. 

Stretching the entire border of the town, it also includes a foreshore reserve with a playground, yacht club, boat ramp, and area for camping. 

The shallow waters provide a safe environment for children, and its proximity to amenities ensures a convenient day at the beach.

Note the beach is not patrolled, so take care when swimming.

Point Roadknight, Anglesea

This idyllic Anglesea nook is perfect for kids to splash around in the shallows. Seasonally patrolled, the protected waters have waves that average less than a metre. Pack the paddleboard, explore the rockpools at the point, have a family bike ride or take a hike up the bluff and admire the dramatic beauty of the red-cliff backdrop. 

Finish with a sunset sip overlooking the beach or make a beeline for some of the Surf Coast's best fish and chips.

Cosy Corner, Torquay

If you're looking for a family-friendly beach break, Torquay's second-favourite child, Cosy Corner, has it all. Just a short walk from the town’s main street with its cafes, ice creameries and fish and chipperies, this humming hamlet is an ideal spot for young kids to find their sea legs. 

With a wide sandy stretch, an abundance of shallow water, safety flags and minimal rips, as well as plenty of public amenities including bathrooms, barbecue facilities and plenty of grassy areas, it's the ideal seaside spot for a family day out. 

Eastern Beach, Geelong

As well as being one of the best free things to do in Geelong, Eastern Beach has been popular with families, locals and tourists alike for over 100 years. An enclosed area close to the action of BBQ facilities, cafes, toilets, a Ferris wheel and grass ripe for a picnic, the sea baths make for a safe and enjoyable afternoon by the seaside. 


Mornington's Mills Beach has its own famed beach boxes. Image: Visit Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road makes for a spectacular drive past the coastline. Image: Supplied
The crystal blue waters of Point Knight Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Image: Tourism Australia.

Best beaches in Victoria for swimming 

Sorrento Back Beach, Sorrento 

Sorrento Back Beach in the Mornington Peninsula boasts clear turquoise waters and sandy shores, ideal for a refreshing swim. Lifeguards patrol the area, so make sure to stay beach safe and swim between the flags.

Snorkellers will appreciate the underwater wonders, making it a perfect destination for both swimming and exploring marine life.

The main Sorrento Beach is also close to Hillarys Boat Harbour, a sea of restaurants, pubs and cafes to grab some refreshments from after your leisurely swim. 

Check out more great free things to do on the Mornington Peninsula.

Portsea Beach, Portsea

A popular summer destination on the Peninsula, Portsea is a coastal haven offering a diverse range of activities. From swimming and surfing to exploring rock platforms, fishing, and enjoying sand dunes, Portsea provides a variety of recreational opportunities for swimming and beach fun. 

Visitors can find amenities such as parking, toilets, and a café, enhancing the overall experience of this vibrant coastal community.

Find out more ways to have fun with kids on the Mornington Peninsula.

Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell

Surrounded by towering cliffs, Loch Ard Gorge offers a picturesque escape along the iconic Great Ocean Road.

While technically a series of small coves, the spot offers breathtaking beauty and tranquillity for swimmers in Victoria, with great scuba diving spots nearby.  

Just five minutes’ drive from the Twelve Apostles and nearby Gibson Steps Beach, the famed site of the Shipwreck Coast also provides a great walking trail and other great pitstops on the iconic Great Ocean Road drive

Most beautiful beaches in Victoria

Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory 

Squeaky Beach is known for its unique quartz sand that squeaks beneath your feet. Nestled in Wilsons Promontory, it boasts stunning scenery, crystal-clear waters, and a serene atmosphere with coastal views that stretch across the shoreline.

The famous white sand beach in Victoria is surrounded by granite boulders and can get busy during the summertime.

Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland

Ninety Mile Beach, found in Gippsland, is renowned for its extensive stretch of pristine sand, spanning approximately 90 miles (141 km). This natural and unspoiled destination invites visitors to engage in various activities such as swimming, leisurely walks, and relaxation. 

During the prime season, one might even catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins. Nestled between the Gippsland Lakes district and the Bass Strait, this white-golden beach stands out as one of the world's longest uninterrupted coastlines.

Fairhaven Beach, Fairhaven

Situated just west of Aireys Inlet, full of stunning art and delicious foodie experiences, Fairhaven Beach is a picturesque coastal gem along the Great Ocean Road. 

With its long, cinematic sweep of sand, Fairhaven Beach captivates visitors with its photogenic allure. From the eastern surf lifesaving club, one can see the entire curve of Fairhaven Bay, extending to the distant Devil's Elbow. 

Often considered the starting point of the true Great Ocean Road adventure, Fairhaven offers not only breathtaking views but also many opportunities for swimming and surfing – as well as a stop to see the home from the original Mad Max movie.

However, caution is advised, as rip currents can pose challenges along this 6km stretch of shoreline.


Wilsons Prom

Be greeted with natural beauty at Wilsons Prom. Image: Supplied


Best quiet beaches in Victoria for relaxing 

Cape Bridgewater Bay, Blairgowrie

Bridgewater Bay's quiet ambiance and pristine shores make it a hidden gem on the Mornington Peninsula. 

The site is filled with extensive rock pools, perfect for exploring or even sitting in to bask in the summer glow. 

Surrounded by sandstone cliffs, you’d be forgiven for thinking you might be on the Italian coastline as the water glistens below during the summer season. 

With fewer crowds, it's an ideal location for a peaceful day by the sea.

Make a stay of it at the nearby RACV Cape Schanck Resort.

Step Beach, Aireys Inlet

Venture a little further past the infamous Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet and you’ll be treated to one of the coast’s best secluded beach coves. 

Cruise down to the tucked-away Step Beach and pick a spot on the sand, marvel at the turquoise rock pools or take a dip to cool off. The horseshoe-shaped reef forms an excellent swimming hole at low tide.

Just up the road, the Lighthouse Tea Rooms are an ideal next stop for scones, jam and cream.

Refuge Cove, Wilsons Promontory

Refuge Cove, found on the eastern side of Wilsons Promontory, is a charming and secluded beach that can be reached via a scenic walking trail from Sealers Cove or Little Waterloo Bay. 

Embrace the tranquillity of the surroundings and immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing experience that is as nice and secluded as it is beautiful and quiet, with nature your only soundtrack. 


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