From Brighton Bay, to St Kilda, Port Melbourne to Altona there is plenty to see and do beside the sea side in and around Port Phillip Bay. Many people will be surprised to know that 85% of Australia’s marine life can be found right here in Victoria and you don’t have to go far to explore our wonderful array of sea creatures. For those that have an interest in diving, reefs off shore at Ricketts Point in Mentone, or from Point Cook Marine Sanctuary in Melbourne’s west offer an unforgettable experience.

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  • playground, parks, kids, view, coast, beach, picnic

    Plum Garland Playground

    This beachside park is the perfect place to take the kids for a run around or simply sit back and take in the views. The well equipped playground will have the kids occupied and with picnic tables and foreshore access it makes the ideal location for a day out with family and friends.

    This beachside park is the perfect place to take the kids for a run around or simply sit back and

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  • dining, view, fine dining, coast, beach, beachside

    Dining with a View

    In this shore lined city there is nothing better than taking your meal with a side of sea views and Port Phillip is not short of venues that will perfectly accommodate you. Well known Republica is a top pick for locals with its casual boardwalk location, so too are Captain Baxter and Sapore. Head to Station Pier to watch the ships come and go, while you tuck into traditional fish and chips or seafood treats on the pier. Or cycle along the foreshore to Sandbar in Middle Park to bask in the sun, get sand between your toes and delight in brunch treats.

    In this shore lined city there is nothing better than taking your meal with a side of sea views a

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  • Albert Park

    Albert Park

    Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing. Attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track around the lake.

    Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog wa

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  • Altona Pier

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.  The Pier provides an avenue for fishing, bird watching, leisurely strolls and summer fun. You can capture breathtaking views of the Dandenong Mountain Ranges, Point Cook Coastal Park and on a clear day you may be able to the see Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas.

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.

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  • Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape. The little promontory has been fenced off from the rest of the world for over 80 years by a coastal rifle range. This unspoilt place is now a haven for coastal and marine life. Patches of all marine habitats from northern Port Phillip Bay are packed into this small area. On the west of the promontory, there is saltmarsh and the largest occurrence of mangroves within Port Phillip Bay.

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape.

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  • Point Cook Coastal Park & Marine Sanctuary

    Point Cook Marine Sanctuary

    Point Cook Coastal Park, adjoining the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary, features abundant birdlife, a historic bluestone homestead and intertidal sandbanks. It is popular with birdwatchers, nature lovers and family groups. The beach picnic area has everything you need for a perfect family day out - free gas barbecues, picnic tables, taps, shade shelters, two playgrounds and toilets.  If picnics are not your style, the Homestead Restaurant is fully licensed and serves excellent meals. 

    At nearby Cheetham Wetlands, see migratory waterbirds and enjoy the views from the Tower. A combination of narrow sandy beaches, rocky reefs and mud flats, this park hosts a huge diversity of marine and coastal life. The marine sanctuary is a no-take area.

    Point Cook Coastal Park, adjoining the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary, features abundant birdlife,

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  • Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history. It was the site of Victoria’s first permanent settlement and seaport and was crucial to the initial growth of the state. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s colonial past by visiting Fort Gellibrand, retrace Ned Kelly’s steps along Battery Road, marvel at the ingenuity of early mariners at Timeball Tower!

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history.

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  • Carrum Foreshore Playground

    Carrum Foreshore Playground

    Carrum Foreshore Playground is ideally located right next to the beach in Carrum. There is sand throughout the play area, a little lighthouse with telescopes to look out to sea, a boat and play equipment decorated with sea creature. The park is mostly gated and fenced with bbq facilities and some sheltered picnic tables. The park features brightly coloured beach umbrella style structures to ensure children are protected from the sun.

    Carrum Foreshore Playground is ideally located right next to the beach in Carrum.

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  • Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

    Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

    Embark on a very special journey. The 23km coastal trail from near the Westgate bridge to Skeleton Creek takes you past the maritime historical precinct of Williamstown, botanic gardens, sandy beaches, wetlands with internationally important habitat, site specific public artworks, and spectacular buildings. The trail is easily navigated by foot or bicycle and is clearly sign posted. 

    Embark on a very special journey.

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  • Altona Beach

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational beach. The beach is patrolled over the summer. It is home to many recreational and water sport activities such as kitesurfing, paddle boarding, sandcastle building and volley ball.  There is free parking, tree lined parks, bbq areas and public amenities all within walking distance to shops, cafes and public transport.

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational b

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  • Maribyrnong River

    Maribyrnong River

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Cycle or walk along the tranquil Maribyrnong River Trail (28km from the city to Brimbank Park) and take in the fantastic views of the Melbourne’s skyline and the river, while passing Flemington Racecourse, Victoria University, sporting clubs, native bushland, riverside parks and other attractions. Take a river cruise on the Maribyrnong and enjoy the scenery and commentary.

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

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  • Altona Beach Market

    Altona Beach Market

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns. The weekly outdoor street market has been a highlight since 2004. Thousands of regular market goers visit each week to purchase fresh produce, green life, homemade soaps, candles and much more.  On market day a visit through the town's shops, café’s, restaurants and coastal pleasures completes a great day's outing.

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns.

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  • Timeball Tower, Williamstown

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there is a working timeball tower at Greenwich in London, and only three others in the world. The Williamstown tower was built in 1849 of local bluestone. It was originally a lighthouse, and later served as a timeball tower from 1861 to 1926.The Timeball Tower helped ships accurately set their chronometers, since accuracy was essential for successful navigation on long ocean voyages. 

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there i

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  • HMAS Castlemaine, Williamstown

    HMAS Castlemaine, Williamstown

    Come aboard one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and the last such vessel still afloat. HMAS Castlemaine is open to the public on weekends, public holidays and by arrangement. Visitors can visit all parts of the ship and see how crews lived and worked during the war years, witness the original main engines turning over and view a wide range of artifacts documenting Australian maritime history.

    Come aboard one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World

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  • Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is located just off Beaumaris, where sloping cliffs of sandstone jut out into Port Phillip Bay. At the water's edge the rock has been worn down into a series of platforms and rock pools, creating a varied and easily accessible marine environment. The diversity of habitat at Ricketts Point is what makes this marine sanctuary so fascinating. 

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is located just off Beaumaris, where sloping cliffs of sandstone

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  • Sea Shepherd

    Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. 

    Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the dest

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  • Tooradin and coastal villages

    Situated approximately 55km south east from the Melbourne CBD on the South Gippsland Highway, Tooradin and nearby closeby coastal villages, is considered to be the gateway to Phillip Island and is ideally situated to cater for the needs of tourists. The area is a popular spot for walking, fishing, boating and offers a rich sense of history. For a real sense of adventure, four kilometres east of Tooradin on the South Gippsland Highway is the town's airfield which offers scenic adventure flights, skydiving and a flying school. The airfield's restaurant is also open to the public and specialises in seafood.

    Situated approximately 55km south east from the Melbourne CBD on the South Gippsland Highway, Too

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  • Williamstown Historical Museum

    Williamstown Historical Museum

    The Historical Museum is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.  and by appointment during the week. There is a large collection of maritime material, photographs, records and other items relating to the history of Williamstown. There is also an historical kit for school groups.

    The Historical Museum is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.

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  • coast, wetlands, nature. birds, bird watching

    Point Cook Coastal Park

    The Point Cook Coastal Park & Cheetham Wetlands rank among the top places in the world for viewing migratory wading birds. The diversity of birdlife is considered second only to Kakadu in Australia. More than 200 species have been recorded, 34 of which are covered by international migratory agreements. Migratory birds travel here from as far away as Siberia, Japan & Alaska. Get a 360 degree eagle’s view from the Observation Tower or head down to the beach at low tide and get up close and personal.

    The Point Cook Coastal Park & Cheetham Wetlands rank among the top places in the world for vi

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  • Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints, navigation equipment, plaques, marine equipment and its World War Honour board. The centre is open every Wednesday and Sunday 11am-3pm and group tours are available at other times. Seaworks is a new and exciting location for any event! 

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints

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  • heritage,  pier, buildings, architecture, port phillip, trail, coast

    Discover Heritage

    Discover the area’s rich history with a visit to some of the most important and culturally significant monuments and buildings in Port Phillip. Located in the iconic former Post Office building, the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre is more than simply a library with an extensive history and cultural heritage program. The Princes Pier, which was opened in 1915 to accommodate the largest of steamers and mail ships, with many of the vessels leaving and arriving from the pier playing their own little part of history, which you can discover with the Immigration Trail - which will take you through many of the region’s key historical sites and explain their significance. The area is also home to three significant town halls - St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne, all of which are both architecturally stunning and historically important.

    Discover the area’s rich history with a visit to some of the most important and culturally signif

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  • Williamstown Beach

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown. There's a wide range of facilities and services, including cafes, a sand swimming beach in a non-boating area, public toilets, picnic facilities and playgrounds. Just catch the train to Williamstown Beach train station and you're there!

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown

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  • Bayside Walks and Trails

    With its diverse architecture and magnificent coastline, Bayside offers some of the best walks and trails in Melbourne.  The walks and trails of Bayside are designed for leisurely exercise with opportunities to discover some of the truly beautiful buildings and parks that make the area so distinctive.  The newly-revamped Coastal Trails celebrate the lives and artwork of notable Australian artists.

    With its diverse architecture and magnificent coastline, Bayside offers some of the best walks an

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  • Bicycle Discovery Trails

    Bayside’s picturesque foreshore, parks and architectural highlights are exciting to explore and discover on your bike. Six bicycle discovery trails cover distinct areas of Bayside, so you can enjoy a variety of interesting cycling routes.  Each trail is suitable for cyclists of all abilities and the trails include opportunities for rest stops at parks, cafes and other points of interest. All the trails include a section of the attractive foreshore to enjoy! 

    Bayside’s picturesque foreshore, parks and architectural highlights are exciting to explore and d

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  • Sailing

    From the nineteenth century, Bayside has offered top-class sailing in one of the world’s safest and most picturesque bays. Officials involved in the 1999 World Sailing Championships – held for the first time in Port Phillip Bay – declared it was one of the best ‘yachting venues’ in the world.  No matter what your age or status, sailing the Bayside foreshore offers untold pleasures – the joy of the sport itself, spectacular views, exercise, outstanding companionship and the challenge of competition (if sought).

    From the nineteenth century, Bayside has offered top-class sailing in one of the world’s safest a