It’s safe to say that Brighton Beach is one of Melbourne’s most iconic destinations, thanks to its distinctive row of Victorian-era colourful bathing boxes, which make the perfect backdrop to spend a sunny summer day (and snap a photo or two).
The Dendy Street beach is popular, with a wide stretch of sand and calm bay waters that make it an ideal place to gather family and friends. Just a short walk away is Brighton’s bustling Church Street, filled with cafes, bakeries, restaurants and shops, perfect for a midday pitstop.
Take a walk along the Middle Brighton Pier, or head to the Middle Brighton Baths to swim laps of the sectioned-off seawater area. Stop by the Brighton Beach Gardens – a foreshore reserve with city views – and bring your pooch to off-leash areas, including the dog-friendly beach.
If you’re in the mood for a longer walk, celebrate notable Australian artists along the Bayside Coastal Art Trail, a picturesque 17km walk that takes you from Brighton to Beaumaris.