3. Best Melbourne Beach Escapes
Bells Beach (Torquay) isn’t just an acclaimed surfer’s paradise; it’s also home to the longest-running surf competition. The Rip Curl Pro is a World Surf League World Tour surfing competition held in Torquay, and will take place from 28 March to 9 April this year.
Surfing not your thing? Simply chill out on the pristine beaches or explore the lookout points near the carpark offering breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. After watching the surfers in wave-catching action, you can go get your catch of the day at Fisho’s Torquay or The Pond Cafe.
Located just 20 minutes away from the CBD, Brighton Beach is an easy day trip from Melbourne. Known for its brightly coloured bathing boxes lining its shores, it is one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions, particularly suited for selfie aficionados.
Dating back to the early 1900s, the beach boxes were originally built for modesty reasons: sunbathers and surfers could change into their bathing suits protected from prying eyes. Today, they are used by residents to store their beach equipment.
If you’ve had enough of the sand and the sea, venture to Brighton’s main shopping precinct on Church Street. There, you can get a caffeine fix or indulge in some retail therapy after your beach outing.
After all that day-tripping, check into PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport if you have time to spare before your flight home, and make full use of our short stay hourly accommodation offer.
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