Spotlighting one of Australia’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.
The Mornington Peninsula is known for being home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, but there are some that stand out for their particular magnificence.
From South Beach just a short walk from the Mt Martha shops, to the surfer-friendly Gunnamatta Beach in Fingal, or the humble Rosebud, which offers barbecue and picnic options, there’s a beach for everyone along the Mornington Peninsula.
Here’s four that have caught our eye.
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Sit back at South Beach
Mt Martha is home to one of the most spectacular beaches along the Mornington Peninsula. South Beach is just a short walk from the shops and provides the perfect spot for a lazy day in the sun. Don’t expect hectic swell here but take a paddleboard and see how far out you can get. This beach is super wide and long, so dogs will go wild for it.
Surf’s up at Gunnamatta
This one is for those rockstar surfers out there. Get the swell from the morning newspaper and then load up the Range Rover – Mick Fanning’s looking for ya. Gunnamatta Beach is also part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, which makes for some magnificent walking. Dive in.
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Hide away at Tideways
The best hidden secret on this list, Tideways is a secluded beach in Sorrento. Overlooking Sullivan Bay, where a convict settlement was located once upon a time, don’t be surprised if you come alone and stay alone. It’s supposed to be a secret but Chinese whispers got around too fast. Enjoy.
Barbecues and more at Rosebud
For those who want the full barbecue/picnic beach experience, then Rosebud’s main beach is for you. This is for those who really want a day out on the sand – bring a totem tennis pole and some bats because it’s game on. This one is regularly patrolled by the Rosebud and McCrae Life Saving Clubs, making it a super safe swim. Yes, please.
Check out our piece on the best swimming holes near Melbourne and gear up for an adventure.