best beaches for kids in melbourne

So Melbourne isn’t really a beach city – not like Sydney, not like the Gold Coast, not like Perth. But we’re still lucky to live close to a stretch of water that provides safe, calm and picturesque beaches. You won’t get much surf but they’re great for a paddle with the kids.

Here’s a list of the best beaches in Melbourne for kids. Click here to check the daily water quality of Melbourne’s beaches.


  1. Altona Beach

An unsung hero in Melbourne’s west, Altona Beach is my favourite beach in Melbourne. The sand and water is expansive, the parking’s not a nightmare and there’s a great playground at Logan Reserve with some decent eateries around. Shhh don’t tell anyone!


2. Carrum Beach

Carrum Beach Playground, 15 Old Post Office Lane, Carrum Beach Foreshore, Carrum

We love the nautical themed playground at Carrum Beach foreshore and the calm and quiet beach is great too.


3. Mordialloc Beach

Another bayside beach and playground combo, with the added bonus of ‘best in Melbourne’ fish and chips from Tommy Ruff or the excellent award-winning Hendriks Cafe in Mordialloc (which is not close to the beach, requires a drive).  


4. Frankston Beach

Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, Frankston Waterfront Reserve, Pier Promenade, Frankston

The 12km stretch of sand from Carrum ends at Frankston. The beach is always busy with activity with people walking, cycling and fishing. The foreshore playground has a magical castle theme.


5. Williamstown Beach

Williamstown Beach, Shelly's Beach Pavilion and The Kiosk d'Asporto, The Esplanade, Williamstown

Williamstown Beach is one of the few beaches in Melbourne where you can watch the sun set. It’s book-ended by Shelly’s Beach Pavilion at one end and authentic Italian beach kiosk Kiosk d’Asporto at the other end plus a playground.


6. Dendy Street Brighton Beach

Brighton Bathing Boxes, Dendy Street Beach, cnr Dendy St and Esplanade, Brighton

The most expensive strip of sand in Melbourne thanks to a row of brightly decorated beach boxes in Brighton. There aren’t too many facilities around (at the moment) but the unique beach boxes provide great hiding places for kids, plus the beach is reputed the cleanest in Melbourne.


7. Ricketts Point

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

Ricketts Point in Beaumaris includes a small curve of sand and large rock pools where you can spot marine life.


8. Albert Park Beach / South Melbourne Beach

plum garland playground albert park

A sandy, narrow stretch of coastline with safe, sheltered waters with the advantage of being close to the city. The highlight is the amazing fenced playground with water play, the Plum Garland Memorial Playground.


9. Half Moon Bay

A shallow and still nook full of local families. There’s also excellent fish and chips from the kiosk of Cerberus Beach House.


10. Chelsea Beach

victory park chelsea

A cute playground, small scooter trail and quiet beach with a long strip of shops makes Chelsea Beach a great destination for families.


11. Point Gellibrand

Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park, Battery Road, Williamstown

There’s not much sand at Point Gellibrand (adjoining Williamstown Beach and Jawbone Sanctuary) but you will find rockpools and a decent playground nearby.


12. Eastern Beach

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

A bit further afield but so good it’s worth a day trip! Eastern Beach in Geelong offers a free swimming pool, sea baths, playground, picnic areas and rides in summer.

Other reader recommendations:

  • Edithvale/Aspendale beach
  • McCrae Beach

So…I’ve left off St Kilda Beach. Melbourne’s most famous beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions and hence it can be busy, crowded and somewhat dirty. The advantage is that it’s close to the city and Luna Park, great fish and chips at Paper Fish and over summer there are pony rides in Catani Gardens and the eat streets of Fitzroy Street and Acland Street are nearby.

Click here for more places to go with kids with free water play. 

Where is your favourite Melbourne beach to take the kids?

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