Old worlde bathing boxes adorn Brighton beaches and put on a colourful display.
260 kilometres of coastline, Port Phillip is 35 times the size
of Sydney Harbour. The bay has safe, sandy bay beaches stretching
from Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula, to Queenscliffe, on
the opposite side of the Bay. Ferries run between Sorrento and Queenscliffe,
although a drive to either of these destinations is somewhat of
a day trip because of the considerable distances involved.
it is the area closer to Melbourne, on the southern side of the
bay, that interests most people. This is where the prime real estate
is and also where most of the action is. The area is known as "Southern
Bayside" and it is also the area that most people flock to
when they go to the beach. The beaches along this stretch include
St Kilda, Elwood , Brighton, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Mordialloc,
Frankston and Seaford. Water temperatures in Melbourne are cool
all year round so it is mostly in the hot summer months that Melbournites
go to the beaches.
At points along
Beach Road there are references to the Bayside Coastal Art Trail.
This "trail" celebrates the lives and artwork of notable
Australian artists who painted the Bayside coast in past years.
The trail runs from St Kilda to Beaumaris. A brochure showing all
the artists that painted along this trail is available from the
Visitors Information Centre at the Melbourne Town Hall.