Ahhhh, the beach...the sun, the sand, the water...time to switch off, lay out the beach towel, ‘slip slop slap’ and soak up some sunshine, right? Sure, that’s certainly one way to spend your time at the beach, but with over 190 kilometres of coastline, the Mornington Peninsula has so many fun beaches, each with their own beauty and charm, that are just begging to be enjoyed in so many OTHER fun ways!
Here is a list of some favourite beaches where there is much more to do than your typical sun bathing, sand castle building and swimming.
- Our pick for rock pool rambling and beachcombing: Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary, Flinders
A favourite family pastime is exploring the amazing rock pools of Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary, Flinders. At low tide, the ocean withdraws to expose a huge mushroom-shaped rock platform extending from the beach. The reef is formed from ancient basalt and is famous for the diversity of marine life which make it their home. Diving and snorkelling are also popular activities on the subtidal reefs but take care of strong currents on this unpatrolled beach. Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary is easily accessible from a car park off Golf Links Road, Flinders.
- Our pick for family fun: Point Leo Surf Beach and Rosebud Pier Foreshore
Point Leo Surf Beach is a brilliant place to bring the kids and to go camping with the family. Fantastic for surfing for beginners to the experienced, this beach is also relatively safe for swimming and is patrolled at certain times of the year. At low tide, you’ll find sand and rock flats. The beach backs on to Point Leo Foreshore Reserve, which contains a public park and most facilities required for the perfect day out at the beach.
Another brilliant beach that is perfect for family fun is the Rosebud Pier Foreshore. If you want your day at the beach with the family to combine with other activities such as a BBQ, a stroll along the pier, a leisurely walk or bike ride along foreshore walking tracks AND a play at the playground, then this is the place to visit. Located right on the sandy shores of what is one of the Peninsula’s best family beaches is an amazing new adventure playground that will keep the little people in your life entertained for hours! The kids will take delight in sliding down the ‘mountain’ slide, zipping across the grassy dunes on the flying fox, spinning themselves on the spinning disc, running around and navigating the many stepping stones and trails. You will find the Rosebud Pier Foreshore and playground located at the beach end of Jetty Road, Rosebud.
- Our pick for snorkelling fun: Rye Pier
The Mornington Peninsula provides an ideal playground for novice snorkelers through to the more adventurous scuba diver. We recommend beginners discover the underwater world of plants and fish by exploring the 200m long underwater Octopuses’ Garden trail with its underwater signs alongside Rye Pier.The underwater signs explain about sea life that may be found including seahorses, sponge gardens, sea slugs, hermit crabs and garfish. If you’re very lucky you might even see a weedy sea dragon. A sign near the Rye Pier gives a detailed explanation of how to follow the trail, so grab your snorkelling gear, step off the beach and immerse yourself in the natural beauty just metres from shore.
- Our pick for beach games fun: Mother’s Beach, Mornington
Nothing says Australian summer at the beach than a game of beach cricket, and the soft sand and big open space at Mother’s Beach, Mornington make it the perfect spot for a friendly match. So, grab the family, some mates and set up the stumps for a spot of beach cricket. The tall cyprus trees and iconic bathing boxes that border this beach will provide a colourful view whilst you’re out in the field waiting for to take that match-wining catch! And once it’s “tea time” you can take a leisurely stroll up to the Main Street of Mornington to refuel at one of the many cafes and restaurants that call Main Street Mornington home. Mother’s Beach is accessed via the Esplanade or Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington.
- Our pick for (Instagram worthy) spectacular scenery: Bushranger’s Bay, Cape Schanck
If you’re looking for a (totally Instagram worthy) coastal adventure where you can take in views of Bass Strait from cliff tops before meandering down through a bush trail to arrive at a beautiful open beach, then head to Bushranger’s Bay, Cape Schanck. The beautiful Bushranger’s Bay comprises a sandy beach surrounded by basalt cliffs. This serene location is contrasted by dark and brooding headlands and wild waves that often crash onto jagged rocks guarding the entrance to the bay (as a result, swimming is not recommended at this site as the beach is unpatrolled).
Bushranger’s Bay is definitely one beach that you’ll want to visit over and over (and with your camera in hand!) as no two days are ever the same. The weather and tides completely change the environment and mood of this unique place each and every day. Bushrangers Bay can be accessed along Main Creek from the Boneo Road car park and picnic area (2.5km). Alternatively, follow the 2.6km Bushranger’s Bay Track from the Cape Schanck Lighthouse car park.
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