Tanning is a national pastime in Australia and it's easy to get why with its endless stretches of coastline. There are more beaches than hotels and there's no shortage of stunning places to spread your towel out on for a few hours. Victoria's isn't famous for its beaches but there are some crackers. Here's our three favourites.
Labelled as Melbourne’s answer to Bondi Beach, St Kilda is a sanctuary for inner city Melbournites seeking some cool relief on a scorching hot summer’s day. No matter what the time of year, you’ll spot locals and tourists taking a dip, strutting the boardwalk or chilling under the palm trees in Catani Gardens. The shore is a prime spot for families and often you'll find a game of beach cricket or volleyball going on.
It’s not only the beach that keeps the crowds coming, St Kilda has some top activities to get you off the sand. The arts and craft market is famous, there's plenty of restaurants and cafes along nearby Acland Street as well as the classic Luna Park where you can spend an evening riding the vintage roller coaster and the ferris wheel.
Take a day trip from Melbourne out to Wilsons Promontory to check out the aptly-named Squeaky Beach. The name comes from the rounded grains of quartz which make a “squeaking” sound when you walk across the sand. As you’re enjoying the sound underfoot, head to the northern end of the beach where you’ll be able to play tag among the large granite boulders. These giant orange rocks look stunning framed against the blue ocean especially during sunset where the soft light comes into play. They're definitely a selfie moment.
To get there, it’s a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne then you can choose from a number of short walks including the Lilly Pilly Gully car park, Picnic Bay or Tidal River, to access the beach.
Only accessible on foot via the Tongue Point track, Fairy Cove in Wilsons Promontory National Park is secluded and great for swimming or tanning those parts you don't normally expose. The beach is lined with crazy granite boulders which are nice to perch on top and watch the tide or other visitors come and go.