Life's a beach – international student guide to Victorian beaches
Summer is well and truly heating up here in Victoria, and our beaches are becoming more and more popular. We have put together a list of Victoria’s nicest and most convenient beaches, plus some tips and tricks to help international students get the most out of Victoria’s beautiful coastline.
Australia has some of the best beaches in the world – long stretches of white sand, great surf and plenty of space. The hardest question is which beach should you visit?
St Kilda is just a short tram ride from the city. Situated on Port Phillip Bay, both the beach and esplanade have a lot to offer. You can head out onto the sand for a few hours, go for a swim and afterwards have some dinner at one of the beach-side cafes or pubs.
Brighton is a nice coastal suburb known for its bright and colourful beach boxes. Brighton beach is quieter and more family focused than St Kilda. Brighton is nice community, with all types of shops, cafes and restaurants. The beach is not far from the city, but still maintains some privacy.
Hampton Beach is a popular spot for young people. There a great bike path to go for a ride or an afternoon walk with some friends. There are also a number of stunning beachfront places to stay if you are looking to get out of town for a couple of days.
Probably the most famous beach in the country, Bells Beach is known for its long rolling waves and big surfing events. While the beach is amazing and you should definitely give it a visit, you should be aware that it’s not appropriate for beginner swimmers or surfers, as the high surf can make it extremely dangerous.
Safety tips and tricks
Swim between the flags – at most popular beaches, surf lifesavers will have set up a safe zone for swimmers, marked by flags, which they parole. If you are between these flags it means the lifesavers can see you if you get in trouble, if you are outside these flags you may not be seen.
Rips and currents – rips are narrow powerful currents running out into the ocean. If you get pulled out to sea by the rip, do not try to fight it. It will just make you tired. The smartest thing to do is let yourself be taken out to sea, and then swim to the side and back to shore.
For more tips, tricks and information on Victorian beaches, visit the Surf Life Saving Victoria website.