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Grab your bathers, slap on some sunscreen and head off to any number of great beaches across the state. The warm Victorian summers are the perfect excuse to drive out to the coast for ocean waves or grab a spot by the water at Brighton, Half Moon Bay and South Melbourne, all popular inner-city beach destinations.

Bay beaches

Situated in the middle of Australia's largest bay, Melbourne's bay beaches are ideal for a relaxing swim. Take a dip along Mornington Peninsula, where the calm waters meet golden sands. Drive further out to Phillip Island, where sheltered beaches on the north shores are ideal for a leisurely dip and some water-play with the kids.

Surf's up

Beach-hop along the Great Ocean Road, where there is something for swimmers of all abilities, from sheltered foreshores and quiet beaches to wild ocean breaks. Or plan a getaway at Gippsland's secluded coastal regions. Pristine locations like Inverloch, Wilsons Promontory, Cape Paterson and the famous Ninety Mile Beach offering great holiday fun and a slower pace.

Lifeguards and lifesavers patrol beaches during peak holiday times – swim only between the red and yellow flags. For further information on patrolled beaches contact the local visitor information centres.

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Victoria's coastal swimming spots

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Victoria's best beaches

Bathing boxes

From Mount Eliza to Portsea - discover the Mornington Peninsula's rainbow-coloured icons of summer.

St Kilda Beach

Summer isn’t summer until you’ve spent a day getting active by the seaside at St Kilda Beach.

Bells Beach

Ride a wave at Bells Beach, one of Australia's famous surfing beaches and home to the Rip Curl Pro.

The Nobbies

Take in a myriad of stunning sights and curious creatures at the headland known as The Nobbies.

Cape Bridgewater

See some of the highest coastal cliffs in Victoria overlooking the waters of Bridgewater Bay.

Cape Woolamai

Catch a wave against the backdrop of ancient pink granite at perennially popular Cape Woolamai.

12 Apostles

Witness the rugged splendour of these magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean.

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in the world offering a wealth of activities.

The Great Ocean Road

Drive one of the world's most iconic touring routes spanning 243 kilometres along Victoria's coast.

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