Port Phillip Beaches


So many beaches, so little time

The majority of beaches of Port Phillip along the Mornington Peninsula are perfect for swimming. The relatively shallow waters with clean sands in white or yellow are perfect for people of all ages and a favourite for families.  Add in more than 1000 picturesque beach boxes and you have the recipe for a wonderful day at the beach. Of course you don't have to swim. If its a lovely long walk you want, the more southern beaches all connect into one long long strip. Added to this, most of the Port Phillip beaches face west toward the setting sun for those spectacular sunsets.

Daveys Bay
Davey’s Bay is named after James Davey who was the first permanent resident in the area. He purchased a “squatters permit” for £55 in 1846 for 640 acres of land. Davey built a jetty at the Western end of the bay to help him load his boat with produce to take to the Melbourne markets. He also built two houses on the cliff tops called Marysville and Denistown.
Northern Peninsula
Dromana Pier
The Dromana Pier is situated opposite the main shopping area and Pier St in Dromana.  Dromana's pier was much longer in the early part of the 1900's and Dromana shared with Sorrento the ability to accommodate the bay steamers which did much to promote Dromana as a tourist destination. Fishing is popular off the 200 metre long pier.
Southern Peninsula
Fossil Beach
Fossil Beach is a stretch of bay beach in Southern Mornington. There are multiple entrances to the beach, with the most common being at the end of Bentons Road. The beach takes its name from the many fossils found there in 1854 when geologist A.R.C. Selwyn reported a multitude of fossils in the limestone cliffs.
Northern Peninsula
Frankston Beach
Frankston Beach forms the southern end of the 9 km long beach that runs almost due north to the Patterson River mouth at Carrum. The Frankston section is 2.5 km long and begins at the southern boat launching area. It includes the 500 m long Frankston Pier, Kananook Creek mouth and the beach to the north.
Frankston & Surrounds
Mills Beach - Mornington
Mills Beach is 1 km North of Mornington Pier, just off the esplanade. It is a picturesque stretch of golden beach that meets with wonderful native vegetation and is populated by some of the famous Mornington Peninsula Beach Boxes. There is a grassy picnic area, a stone sea wall and a bridge over Tanti Creek also to discover.
Northern Peninsula
Mothers Beach
Mothers Beach faces north out to Port Phillip. The beach is perfect for families with children as the water is shallow, there are no hard rocks and there are no large waves due to the marina taking the brunt of the sea. This Beach is a sheltered, shallow beach with soft white sand in the swimming area.
Northern Peninsula
Mount Martha Beach
Mount Martha Beach is home to some of the most beautiful bathing boxes on the Mornington Peninsula. It is 2 km long, with Balcombe Creek mouth dividing it into two equal halves: Mount Martha (South) and Mount Martha North. The Mount Martha Life Saving Club and the yacht club are located at the northern end of the southern beach.
Northern Peninsula
Rosebud Pier
Rosebud Pier which is located opposite Jetty Road and extends about 300 metres into the water.There is a wonderful new all abilities playground suitable for toddlers to young teens, with a variety of play equipment to keep the children entertained from enclosed baby swings, junior slides and tunnels to net swings, rope climbing walls and a flying fox.
Southern Peninsula
Rye Pier
If you are a recreational snorkeler, Rye Pier offers beautiful underwater vistas and some of the warmest water in Port Phillip Bay. The water is approx. 6m max in depth. Try to dive at high tide with calm waters for the best scenery.
Southern Peninsula
Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach, between Sorrento and Portsea, is a much loved sandy beach with private jetties, colourful boat sheds and bathing boxes nestled among the ti-tree.There are two access ramps leading down the cliff to the beach but extremely limited parking makes this a very exclusive beach.
Southern Peninsula
Sorrento Pier
The Sorrento Pier is located at the western end of Sorrento Front Beach under the rocky outcrop known as Policemans Point.Built in 1870, Sorrento Pier is visited by both recreational and commercial vessels. The Sorrento Pier provides access across the bay to Queenscliff via a 40 minute ferry ride.
Southern Peninsula