Beaches & coastlines
Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.
Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula
This famous art deco style sea-bathing complex on Corio Bay has a swimming pool surrounded by a large promenade. There is also a more shallow pool for children, and the parkland setting has playground, picnic and barbecue facilities. Geelong Life Saving Club patrols the beach on weekends and public holidays from 27 November to 26 March.
This safe, sandy beach is a popular family holiday camping resort. Extensive shaded foreshore areas have kiosk, picnic, barbecue and play facilities, and there are views of the bay to the Melbourne skyline.
On Port Phillip Bay, between Portarlington and St Leonards are safe swimming beaches that are popular with families. Picnic and camping areas can be found within the foreshore reserve.
This safe, sandy beach and camping ground on shores of Port Phillip Bay is popular for swimming, and a range of watersports. The extensive shaded foreshore reserves have picnic and play facilities.
The historic resort town has safe, sandy bayside beaches that are popular with families. Wide and tree-lined foreshore reserves have excellent picnic, barbecue and play facilities. 'Narrows' dog exercise beach is nearby.
The safe, protected bay beach is ideal for families as well as the surf beach at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. There are wide grassed and treed foreshore reserves, a lighthouse and Rip View Lookout. The surf beach is patrolled by lifesavers during summer.
Excellent ocean swimming and surfing beach with a café, kiosk and parking. Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards patrol from the end of November to Easter (daily from 26 December to 26 January. Weekends and public holidays at other times).
This picturesque popular holiday resort has various, sandy, river estuary beaches that are excellent for swimming and windsurfing. There are also picnic and barbecue facilities and a boat ramp.
Rugged sandy surf beach at Barwon Heads. One of the closest surf beaches to Geelong and a year-round favourite with surfing diehards. Lifesavers patrol during summer.
Torquay to Lorne
The safe, protected sandy front beach is popular with families. Fishermans Beach is a favourite for boating, sailing and windsurfing. The back beach, also known as the surf beach, is usually safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during summer.
Just west from Torquay you'll find a cliff-lined sandy beach popular with swimmers, surfers and fishermen. Be careful of rips and currents caused by the shifting sand bottom. Lifesavers patrol during summer.
Famous surf beach, home to the world's longest-running professional surfing event, the Rip Curl Pro. Cliff-flanked sandy beach and large ocean swells. Surrounded by a number of surf breaks including Winkipop, Rincon, Southside and Centreside, the Bells area is suitable for experienced surfers only.
Popular safe, sandy ocean beach, excellent for swimming and surfing. Large vegetation-covered sand dunes protect beach. Lifesavers patrol during summer.
Wide, sweeping sandy beach protected by rocky point. Excellent swimming. Also a favourite place for sailing and kitesurfing.
Popular surf and swimming beach. Wide sandy beach set against a backdrop of Otway Ranges bush and residential area. Be careful of rips and currents caused by the shifting sand bottom. Lifesavers patrol beach during summer.
Lorne to Apollo Bay
One of the most popular resort towns on the Great Ocean Road. Wide sandy beach with gentle surf on Loutit Bay. Safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during summer.
Sandy beach with lush forest backdrop at the mouth of the Wye River. Safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during the summer months.
Safe swimming and surfing beach at the mouth of the Kennett River. Lifesavers patrol during the summer months.
Apollo Bay To Warrnambool
Wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach. Protected waters make it excellent for swimming. Popular with families. Surfing nearby. Lifesavers patrol in summer.
Nestled in the Otway National Park this protected beach has great rockpools for children to explore at either end of the beach. Take care when swimming because this unpatrolled beach can get choppy and may have rips.
Towering cliffs frame the pristine sandy beach. Excellent surfing but suitable for experienced surfers only. An alternative venue to Bells Beach for the Rip Curl Pro. Unsafe for swimming.
Safe swimming beach in Port Campbell Bay. Surfing in the bay out from the pier. Close to the spectacular attractions of the Port Campbell National Park. Lifesavers patrol in summer.
Warrnambool to Nelson
The city has a number of popular beaches. The main swimming, surfing and sailing beach is Lady Bay and close to the city centre. Surfing also at Hopkins River mouth and Logans Beach. Lifesavers patrol in summer.
East Beach is the town's main beach for safe swimming and surfing. The wide, sandy foreshore extends in a gentle arc from the mouth of the Moyne River. Lifesavers patrol in summer.
Nuns Beach is a sweeping sandy beach between Whalers Point and the Lee Breakwater. Surfing beaches nearby at Watertower, Blacknose, Crumpets, Yellow Rock and Murrells.
Long, wide sweeping sandy beach set against the towering, rugged Cape Bridgewater headland. Safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during the summer months and up until Easter.