"Do you ever get sick of the rain?" was our number one dumb question amidst an extensive list of queries that get our goat. Not only do we have so many cool things to do indoors that we couldn't give a frog's left leg about the weather, we actually do scorchers very well in Melbourne. Accordingly, we've pulled together a list of our favourite places to go for swim.
And while we're on the soap-box, can we also tell you about our other favourite things to do in the sunshine? Hey, maybe you want to take it one step further – find out where you can (lawfully) get your kit off under a radiant Melbourne sky.
Brighton's iconic bathing boxes, 82 to be exact, line the foreshore. Not only is this beach pretty to look at but it's excellent for swimming and when the wind picks up, it's a pretty decent area for surfing.
Distance from CBD: 15km by car; nearest station: Brighton Beach, 250m
Half Moon Bay is a secluded, blue-and-yellow postcard of a beach. Named for its crescent shape, the bay is protected from weather and is popular for boating, but is equally perfect for swimming in calm waters.
Distance from CBD: 19km by car; nearest station: Cheltenham, 4.7km
Melbourne's first sea port has developed into a trendy seaside suburb with a village feel. Stick to the western side of the beach for best swimming, and make a day of it by exploring nearby cafés and shops.
Distance from CBD: 17km by car; nearest station: Williamstown Beach, 500m