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Brighton Beach

Take time out from the pulse of the city to relax in the calm waters of one of Melbourne’s most picturesque beaches.

Brighton Beach is actually a generic name for three different parts of Port Phillip Bay. Upper Brighton Beach leads into Middle Brighton Beach, known primarily for its historic sea baths and iconic pier. But one of the main attractions is undoubtedly Dendy Street Beach, whose famous beach huts have made it one of the most photographed locations on this picturesque stretch of coastline.

These brightly painted huts, or “bathing boxes”, date back to the Victorian era, when sea bathers protected their modesty by changing in privacy. The heritage-protected boxes are still in use today, with annual licences highly sought-after among local families seeking a convenient and novel base on the beach. The modest wooden-framed structures are all built to the same practical design, with weatherboard sides and corrugated-iron roofs, but have been decorated in highly individual styles and striking colours. Weekends in particular are a good time to stroll along the beach and maybe catch a quick glimpse inside the occupied huts.

Brighton’s three beaches are all patrolled by lifeguards and the waters are generally calm, making them popular and safe places for bathing. The grassy foreshore provides plenty of recreational opportunities, from picnicking to ball games, while separate walking and cycling paths along Port Phillip Bay offer wonderful panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline on one side and the ocean on the other.

Brighton Beach is situated in the upmarket suburb of Port Phillip Bay and is easily accessible by bus or via the Sandringham train. Alternatively, it’s around a 30-minute drive from the centre of Melbourne and there is a pay car park nearby. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and drinking water, as the sun can get very strong, especially in high season.

Brighton Beach Hotels

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Brighton Savoy

Brighton Savoy

150 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.2 out of 5 (341 reviews)

    Nestled on the beach, this Brighton hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Albert Park Lake are ...

    Brighton SavoyAU$169

    28 Jul - 29 Jul

    Brighton SavoyAU$169
    Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode

    Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode

    16 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Situated in Brighton, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also ...

      Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton

      Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton

      3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.6 out of 5 (277 reviews)

        Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Brighton Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are ...

        Caroline Serviced Apartments BrightonAU$144

        22 Jul - 23 Jul

        Caroline Serviced Apartments BrightonAU$144
        Quest Brighton on the Bay

        Quest Brighton on the Bay

        250 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
          3.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.1 out of 5 (281 reviews)

          Situated near the bay, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Brighton Beach and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from St Kilda Beach. Elwood Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. ...

          Quest Brighton on the BayAU$142

          21 Jul - 22 Jul

          Quest Brighton on the BayAU$142
          Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

          Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

          1/12 Grosvenor Street, Brighton, VIC
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also ...

            Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty

            Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty

            6/32 Bay Street, Brighton, VIC
              3.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Situated in Brighton, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Elwood Beach and Brighton Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also within 3 mi (5 ...

              Brighton Bay Apartments

              Brighton Bay Apartments

              197 Bay Street, Brighton, VIC
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.6 out of 5 (74 reviews)

                Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park ...

                Bold and Beautiful in Brighton

                Bold and Beautiful in Brighton

                8/26 Outer Crescent, Brighton, VIC
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

                  Situated in Brighton, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are ...