Melbourne's location on Port Phillip Bay, along with its many public pools and recreation centres, means there are endless opportunities for swimming all year round.
There are many popular beaches all around the bay, including Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Middle Park, St Kilda, Elwood, Hampton, Brighton, Sandringham, and Williamstown. These main beaches are all manned by lifesavers on weekends and public holidays during the summer months from November to March.
The winter chill
Swimmers sometimes brave the chilly waters of Port Phillip Bay during the winter months between March and November. But if you don’t feel like swimming during the cold season, join locals and visitors alike in one of Melbourne's numerous heated indoor and outdoor pools.