The Mornington Peninsula has such a wide choice of beaches on offer; finding a beach favourite is a tough decision. This summer, we encourage you to try them all and discover which one is your perfect place to fill long summer days ahead with family-friendly fun. Here are 4 of our favourite beaches this for swimming this summer.
Mills Beach is a picturesque stretch of golden beach dotted with the iconic Mornington Peninsula Beach Boxes. With wonderful native vegetation, it is a beach of beautiful contrasting landscape. Shallow water makes it ideal for swimming and a favourite for young families and paddle boarders. Home to the Mornington Life Saving Club Mills Beach is a safe, family-friendly favourite patrolled on weekends and public holidays. It is a popular choice to spend a summer day out with toilets, change rooms, a kiosk, picnic tables, and free parking nearby. Additionally, MorningtonLife Saving Club also has MobiChair available for use on patrolled days, making Mills Beach one of our most accessible beaches.
Mount Martha Beach is home to some of the most beautiful bathing boxes on the Mornington Peninsula. 2 km long, the Balcombe Creek mouth divides it into two equal halves: Mount Martha South and Mount Martha North.
The Mount Martha Life Saving Club patrols the beach on weekends and public holidays and is positioned at the southern beach's northern end with the yacht club. South of the club a vegetated bluff backs the beach, with small boat sheds between the escarpment and the beach. The beach slopes steeply to the shoreline, with usually deep water against the beach face, a feature for older children and teenagers swimming appreciate, but something to be aware of when playing with smaller children. The beach faces north-west, exposing it to westerly winds that produce the waves and currents which can be strong. A popular beach for bathers and boaters Mt Martha Beach is only a short stroll to the local village for plenty of cafes or ice cream. Mt Martha Life Saving Club also has two MobiChairs and beach matting for accessibility available on patrolled days.
The Rosebud swimming beach stretches nine kilometres and is protected by offshore sandbars. It is a very safe beach for children with lots of sandbars at low tide. Weekend patrols on weekends and public holidays during summer are run by the Rosebud and McCrae Life Saving Clubs. The foreshore reserve has shaded picnic areas, barbecues and the new beachside playground near the pier, which is the best on the Mornington Peninsula. Hungry or thirsty after a nice day on the beach? Not a problem as several coffee shops, cafes and take away outlets are right across the road.
Merricks Beach is a steep strip of clean white sand over a rocky tidal bay area. Positioned on Western Port Bay, the beach overlooks Phillip Island. From Palmers Bluff in the northeast (accessed via a small path from near #15 Cliff Rd) the beach meanders for over two kilometres towards the south-west, eventually ending up at East Creek, Pt Leo. The beach is buffered by an extended area of bushland known as the Merricks Beach Bushland Reserve. The Merricks Yacht Club is about halfway along the coast and can be accessed from Merricks Beach Road. There are picnic facilities and a toilet block which ensure you have all you need for a perfect day trip. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a koala.
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