Victoria’s beaches may not draw the international headlines of Queensland or New South Wales, but they possess a rugged, elemental beauty all of their own.
You can divide Victorian beaches into two broad categories: bay beaches and surf beaches. Bay beaches are scattered around the perimeter of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay. They’re generally slow, lazy, golden sand beaches, surrounded by honey-coloured sandstone and tea tree scrub. Beaches where the waves are small and the coffee is strong. Surf beaches are the wild, white-sand bars that run the full length of the state’s southern coast, washed by powerful Antarctic swells and curling point breaks.
It's impossible to list all of Victoria’s best beaches – there are simply too many fantastic spots to cover – but we’ve rounded up what we think are the 10 most memorable. Grab some fish and chips, slop on some sunblock and dive in.