Williamstown Beach is a popular beach on the west side of Port Phillip Bay for locals, but does not get as crowded by sightseers, say as Brighton Beach.
It boasts amazing sunset views and is a sheltered, shallow beach for kids to play, though sometimes unsavoury seaweed can wash far up the shore.
Thanks to the recent upgrade of the beach kiosk it now even has two dining options at either end of the rounded curve of sand – Shelly’s Beach Pavilion at one end and The Kiosk d’Asporto at the other end.
Shelly’s Beach Pavilion is more of a ‘grown ups’ area though it does welcome kids. They often have live music on Sunday afternoons and food ranges from relaxed pizzas on the deck to more formal fine-dining with water views.
Highlights are their crispy fish and chips in a cone ($10), the pizza a taglio (by the slice), Italian pastries and the gelato housed in steel pozzetti tubs and with a rotating selection of flavours ($5).
I found the gelati a little too sweet for my palate but the velvety texture melts on the tongue. And definitely no complaints from Baby 2.0!
Behind the kiosk is also toilets and change facilities.
There’s a medium-sized playground within walking distance of the beach with picnic tables and if you go a little further south you’ll hit the rock pools of Point Gellibrand and another small playground with water views along Battery Road. Further west is Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, a coastal wetland conservation area.
Williamstown Beach is a great local find, with stunning beachside sunset views of Melbourne. Two eateries means you’re spoiled for choice and the other facilities means that it’s a place for a fun day out.
- Shelly’s Beach Pavilion has relaxed dining on the deck and more formal dining with waterfront views;
- The Kiosk d’Asporto is attached to change rooms and toilet block;
- There’s no real shelter on the beach so slip, slop, slap;
- Note there are many rocks at the Pavilion end of the beach;
- playground is unfenced, unsheltered, suitable for toddlers and has a few picnic tables;
- Paid parking available, closest train station Williamstown Beach.
Shelly’s Beach Pavilion, 26 The Esplanade, Williamstown (03) 9397 7878
Monday to Friday 10:00am – late
Saturday 8:00am – late
Sunday 8:00am – late
Public Holidays 10:00am – late
The Kiosk d’Asporto, 94-98 Esplanade, Williamstown 0409 006 439
Daily 9 am – 5:00 pm