Melbourne is blessed with beautiful beaches, and the buck doesn’t stop at St Kilda and Brighton. The lesser-known bays and coves have just as much to offer, so it’s time to put them in the spotlight!
Past the rolling plains and spiky shrubs of coastal Sorrento waits Tideways Beach, a sprawling oasis of golden sand and rich, clear waters. It’s a wonderful place any time of day, but we’d definitely suggest staying late and catching the magnificent sunset. The colours over the water bring a whole new level of natural splendour, and it’s a truly magical sight.
Fairy Cove is not what you might expect from its whimsical name. Surrounded by huge granite boulders and steep slopes, the beach is wild and dramatic and feels miles away from civilisation – which is perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s a great beach for both surfing and fishing, as well as simply wandering around to get back in touch with nature.
On your way down, make sure you stop off at Moo’s at Meeniyan. It’s a charming restaurant serving up the very yummiest in local cuisine, and you’ll be glad you paid it a visit!
Quite possibly our favourite little portion of Wilsons Promontory National Park, Sealers Cove is a tranquil, secretive beach where one can truly relax. Mountains roll off into the distance, the turquoise waters gently lap at the smooth sands, and the sounds of local wildlife echo around. It’s a gorgeous place to spend the day – and there is even a shady campground if you wanted to stay longer.
If all that relaxation has you feeling a bit peckish, head to Wilsons Prom Cafe Bakery. Expect fresh bread, awesome coffee and a menu that should see everyone satisfied.
Probably one of the most picturesque spots on the Great Ocean Road, Point Addis is a glorious mix of white sands and towering rock faces. It’s rough, rugged and incredibly beautiful, and the waters are full of life. With loads of fascinating reefs and rockpools to explore, you can see everything from crustaceans and starfish to dolphins and seals!
While you’re in the area, you should swing by McGain’s Nursery & Organic Food Store. It’s got a cafe set in an old-school conservatory, and the food is seriously good.
Pearse’s Beach is a small pocket beach right next to the hamlet of Blairgowrie, and it’s known as one of the best rock fishing spots around. A fantastic beach for a coastal walk, you can listen to the waves crash against the rock formations, breathe in the fresh sea air, and let your cares wash away. It’s also good for surfing at high tide, although the rocks and reefs mean it’s probably not one for beginners.