Best Kid-friendly Beaches In Melbourne

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Whether you’re young enough to find your fun in making sandcastles on the shore, or old enough to tackle a deep water swim, Melbourne’s beaches have something for everyone.

To give you the peace of mind knowing your day by the water will be a happy, relaxed one, try these kid-friendly beach destinations for a perfect family-friendly day in the Bay.

Many of Melbourne’s best beaches for children can be easily accessed by public transport but if you’re coming via car, remember that parking can be an issue alongside any of Melbourne’s Bay beaches – make sure you have a pocket full of gold coin change or that credit-card-friendly app on your phone to keep the parking meters filled and the fines away.

Albert Park Beach

In real estate terms, this location is a prestigious one – very close to the CBD and in one of Melbourne’s most sought-after suburbs. But of course, the kids don’t care about that. What’s the beach like?

For family fun at Albert Park Beach, there is shelter for shade. If you feel like adding a fitness aspect to your day at the seaside, bike paths make it easy to access and there is a good playground for some non-sandy fun.

If you need coffee to fuel your expedition, or the kids just want some cool refreshments, a variety of local cafes and restaurants all have beautiful views of the waterfront. Ending the day with some freshly-cooked fish and chips to eat while you watch the sunset is a lovely way to finish your beach trip.

What You Need To Know

Albert Park beach is a mere 5 kilometres from the city.

Brighton Beach

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For an iconic image of a perfect Australian day at the beach, it’s hard to beat Brighton Beach, especially if you venture down to the famous colourful bathing boxes.

From a kid-friendly perspective, Brighton has the happy reputation of being one of Melbourne’s cleaner beaches, and it's water safe for the children to play in. Of course, clean or not, all kids need supervision near water.

What You Need To Know

Brighton Beach is roughly 15 kilometres from the CBD. If driving or riding a bike isn’t your style, hop on the Sandringham line and get off at Brighton Beach station. Dog-loving families can also enjoy the Brighton dog beach nearby.

St Kilda Beach


Sydney may have Bondi but Melbourne has St Kilda. Melbourne’s most famous beach is on the list because of its proximity to playgrounds, family-friendly restaurants, cafes, ice-cream shops and nearby Acland Street's much-loved cake shops, which are just a short walk from the shore. 

Family-friendly swimming? Hmmm… unfortunately not. The myth about St Kilda beach being a syringe-filled drug den might be overblown but what is a fact is that the beach’s proximity to stormwater drains sees it rank, regularly, on the list of Melbourne’s dirtiest beaches. But you want it to be on this list because, well, because it’s St Kilda.

To create a classic Melbourne memory of a trip to sunny St Kilda, take the kids for the experience of strolling along the shore and enjoying the vista of palm trees. On a Sunday, there are market stalls on the Esplanade to browse and there are even pony rides in the park close by. Luna Park is just around the corner, so you can squeeze in a couple of quick rides, as well.

What You Need To Know

St Kilda is just over 7 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. Getting to the beach is easy with plenty of parking spots or grab a tram and get dropped just a few steps from the sand. With a bike path that winds its way along the coastline, pedal power can add to your family outing.

Elwood Beach

On a good traffic day, it’s only a 20-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD and Elwood Beach is always a popular family attraction. The range of facilities on offer can fill your day easily, with BBQs, picnic tables and lawn areas to spread the picnic blanket. The playgrounds are good too. Because Elwood has a no-boating zone, the waters are a safe haven for swimmers of all ages. If the kids are keen to keep fit, the walking and cycling paths are an easy way to make your way there.

What You Need To Know

Elwood doesn’t share St Kilda’s problems of dirty water and ranks generally well when it comes to cleanliness. It’s an easy 11 kilometres from the CBD.

Frankston Beach

The Frankston city region is home to 10 kilometres of beautifully pristine beach and coastal habitat. If you come from the other side of town, it’s definitely a trek but it’s worth keeping an eye on local What’s On Guides and time your visit to coincide with the regular public events at the foreshore, including an annual sand sculpture exhibition (usually on from December 26- April 25 each year). 

Even as the weather gets chillier, it’s still a fantastic beach to take the kids for a stroll along the pier and boardwalk, and you can finish off with a visit to the nearby adventure playground.

What You Need To Know

Frankston is 53 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

Hampton Beach


When it comes to family-friendly beaches, it doesn’t get much better than Hampton Beach. The suburb itself is a sought-after location for family lifestyle and the beach is a lovely one that regularly ranks as one of the cleanest bay beaches in Melbourne. The beach itself is a broad stretch of clean, soft sand – but be prepared to mark your territory early in summer, when it’s a very popular place to be.

The local shopping strip is not far to walk or drive and perfect for a fish and chips interlude between some serious swimming and sandcastle-making.

What You Need To Know

Hampton is 16 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

Altona Beach

Families in the west of Melbourne love this strip of beautiful beach, which is one of only 2 swimming beaches on this side of town (Williamstown is also good). What makes Altona Beach so kid-friendly? The long, heritage-listed pier is a fantastic place to walk and watch local fishing enthusiasts haul in their catch, plus the generally calm conditions make it a safe swimming beach, even for little ones.

As anyone with little children will know, proximity to both toilets and food is critical for a successful day out. Altona Beach offers a lawned area between the beach and the shops, with all the favourite ice-cream flavours close at hand, plus some great fish and chips that your kids and the seagulls are sure to love. A playground seals the deal.

What You Need To Know

Altona is 13 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

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