Top Four Beaches on the Mornington Peninsula

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By: Shane Jeffery

When we Aussies think of a traditional ‘Summer Vacation’ Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula is never too far from the mind. Renowned for its fresh air and oceanic environment, each year the numbers escalate as tourists and city battlers alike flock down for relief in the crisp summer weather, and 2013 will surely be no exception. Sporting a range of beaches that leave no separate desire to imagination, we take a look at four of the very best…


4. Frankston

Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and it’s coastline is considered something of a landmark. It not only won several awards during 2007’s Keep Australia Beautiful, but it was also the basis of the 1959 Hollywood Film On the Beach. It is considered a safe beach for children, with very calm waters that stretch for miles in either direction (also providing exquisite scenery for a lengthy marathon walk). Frankston is also home to trainers of diving, snorkelling, boating, sailboarding and yachting (commencing regularly throughout the summer period). It is also not uncommon for the beach to host music festivals – so keep an eye out for those!


Top four beaches

3. Portsea Back Beach

This one is for you surfers out there. Not for the inexperienced, Portsea Back Beach is one of Victoria’s most infamous beaches, hosting regular Iron Man contests, within a barrage of rips, reefs and strong waves. Facing south-west the beach is 2.5km long and receives the full force of westerly winds, with waves averaging 1.8 meters. But in spite of it’s gnarling reputation it is patrolled by a life saving club who boasts a “no lives lost” slogan, averaging more than 140 rescues per year – the highest in Victoria.



2. Rosebud

While Rosebud Bay isn’t exactly home to professional swimmers, the atmosphere and facilities surrounding this beached are rivalled by almost none. Of all the Peninsula locations this is the most tourist friendly come summer, and for good reasons as well. Between the main road and the beach there exists a clearing sheltered by tall heavy grown trees, providing much needed shade from the scorching sun lighting it’s candle in the sky. Within these clearings are electrical and bathroom facilities for campers, plus barbecues and picnic tables stationed frequently. Spending the New Year overnight here is a family experience that will never be forgotten, as the locals you meet and bond with are every bit as appealing as the environment itself.


1. Dromana

Dromana Bay Beach is the beach of beaches. Often overlooked by many beach-goers favouring Rosebud, Rye and Mornington, Dromana is truly the Peninsula’s hidden treasure. Facilities are abundant with picnic shelters, barbecues and playgrounds covering the exterior, but the real gem is the water itself. It has a deep and gentle current, perfect for the mainstream swimmer. In the right light it is the perfect swim to be had when in the company of a loved one… or a tremendous race to shore after jumping off the jetty!

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