The A – Z of Victoria’s Coasts

If you haven’t worked it out already, Australia is an island. A really big one. The largest on earth in fact and with its size comes a seemingly endless coastline; famous for its surf, fishing, marine parks and of course… its sharks.

Over 80% of Australians live close to the coast and a huge part of the Aussie lifestyle has to do with the water. Take the opportunity to explore Victoria’s coastlines with our simple guide below:

Phillip Island:

140km south-east of Melbourne is Phillip Island; a rugged, beautiful island with a number of beaches. The great thing about the island is that at any given point there is always at least one beach that is out of the wind. Phillip Island is famous for its surfing and great fishing, with Woolamai being its main patrolled beach. Always be careful when swimming at the island as the high surf and strong current can be dangerous.


30km past Geelong, you will find the mecca of Australian surfing; the famous Bells Beach. It is worth the 90 minute trip from Melbourne to visit this beach alone and trek up and down its famous wooden steps to reach the water and sandstone cliffs below.

Torquay is the best known surfing destination in Victoria with a World Series event occurring every year during Easter. Together with Bells Beach, there are a string of other surf breaks near the town. Jan Juc is patrolled by Victorian lifeguards and can be a great way to spend the afternoon after watching the surfers at Bells.

Mornington Peninsula:

Port Phillip Bay around Melbourne is shaped like a horseshoe. On one side is Geelong and Torquay and then eastward on the other side is the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula coast is also well known for its wine and offers both great surfing and fishing on its exposed beaches. It is important to note that these beaches, while beautiful, can get incredibly rough. Only swim if there are lifeguards on duty. There are plenty of calm spots for swimming on the other side of the Peninsula, with a number of great beaches out of the wind. With so many little towns and things to see, the Peninsula is great for a weekend trip. Take the two hour drive from Melbourne and find a beach you like.

Great Ocean Road:

The Great Ocean Road is arguably one of the most famous tourist destinations in Australia. The 243 km long highway hugs the coast from Torquay to Allansford and was originally designed as a war memorial for soldiers killed during World War One.

You may have seen its iconic coastline featured on tourism brochures to car advertisements to everything in between. One unmissable sight is the Twelve Apostles. Hire a campervan or take an overnight trip to enjoy the many regional towns along the way.

Port Phillip Bay:

When it gets stinking hot in summer and you need a real break from studying, why not hop on a tram and head to St Kilda Beach. During summer, the boulevard fills with tourists and locals, rollerblades, beach volleyball, dogs and everything in between. This water is flat so it’s a brilliant place to improve your confidence when swimming. If you head further east, the crowds thin out. Check out the yachts and shipwreck at Black Rock or head further out to Mount Martha to view the famous beach houses along the sand.

South Gippsland:

If you’re looking for a weekend away, head further east to visit the Mornington Peninsula. This is the most southern point of mainland Australia; Wilsons Promontory, and is a popular destination for camping. The area also offers brilliant bushwalking, secluded beaches and is a relaxing place to de-stress.