Best beaches on the Mornington Peninsula
Being one of the closest beaches to Melbourne, Mount Martha is popular with day-trippers. It’s picturesque with white sand, multi-coloured bathing boxes and clifftop rocks that jut out over the bay. Unfortunately, erosion has made the cliffs, known as The Pillars, unsafe and the best way to view them is from a boat.
Safety Beach is a little gem with calm and shallow waters that makes it perfect for families with young children. To the right is the picturesque hills of Mount Martha and to the south the highest point on the peninsula - Arthur’s Seat. As well as a stretch of beach where dogs can roam off-lead, there’s the Bay Trail that’s popular with dog walkers, sightseers, and joggers.
Number 16, Rye
This is a secluded beach between Diamond Bay and Rye Back Beach that’s treasured by locals. Its spectacular rock formations, such as “Dragon Head Rock”, make it popular with photographers, and there are rock pools for swimming and caves for exploring at low tide.
Point King, Portsea
The cliff-top Millionaires Walk gives you a peek into how the other half lives but the beauty of Australian beaches is that they belong to everyone. Tucked below the mansions is Point King, a secluded sandy beach that you can reach via a set of wood stairs at the end of Point King Road. It’s a bit tricky to access but worth the effort with its jetties and view of ships sailing by.
Sorrento and Portsea Back Beaches
These wilder ocean beaches along the rugged, southern coastline of the peninsula are great for bodyboarding and surfing. Conditions vary depending on the winds of the day, but you need to be a confident swimmer as there are rips and dangerous currents. Both beaches are patrolled on summer weekends and holidays, so make sure you swim between the flags.
Flinders Beach and Flinders Ocean Beach
Flinders offers a range of different beach experiences. There are two sheltered beaches on either side of Flinders Point: Dodds Creek and Kennon Cove, a leash-free dog beach north of Dodds Creek.
On the sheltered side, the Flinders Pier is a popular for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, while on the ocean side the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary is a family-friendly spot for discovering diverse marine life at low tide.