Peninsula’s best beaches: A summer guide

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With the weather finally warming up across the state, now is the ideal time for both locals and visitors to explore the picturesque beaches along the Mornington Peninsula.

18 January 2024

Each offering its own distinct character and appeal, our guide highlights the best local beaches for this summer. Let’s dive in...

  • Sorrento Back Beach, Sorrento: A paradise for those who love both rock pools and the thrill of waves. It’s a short walk from Sorrento’s bustling main street and offers a mix of adventure and relaxation.
  • McCrae Beach, McCrae: Celebrated for its iconic colourful beach boxes and pristine white sands. This beach provides easy access to the water, making it a perfect spot for a quick swim.
  • Gunnamatta Beach, Fingal: Known for its challenging surf, Gunnamatta is patrolled during the busy season, ensuring a safe environment for enjoying the waves.
  • Mothers Beach, Mornington: A tranquil bay beach ideal for families. Its calm waters and proximity to Mornington Park make it a great spot for a day out.
  • Bridgewater Bay, Blairgowrie: Famous for its jumping rock and picturesque rock pools. It’s an unpatrolled beach, offering a more natural and rugged beach experience.
  • Whitecliffs Foreshore, Rye: Known for its Mediterranean-like turquoise waters, this beach is perfect for casual swimming and paddleboarding.
  • Western Park Beach, Somers: Offers a quieter, more secluded beach experience, ideal for those seeking tranquillity and a chance to escape the crowds.

Each of these stunning beaches on the Mornington Peninsula offers a unique experience tailored to every preference, ranging from the serene and gentle bay waters perfect for families and leisurely swims to the thrilling surf beaches that promise adrenaline-filled adventures for surf enthusiasts. With such a diverse coastal landscape, these beaches ensure that every visitor will have a memorable summer.