Located south of Melbourne on the realms of Port Phillip Bay, is where you will find Brighton Beach Melbourne Bathing Boxes and one the city’s iconic must see. The 6 kilometres of coastline are not the only draws to Brighton Beach, the attraction to the shorelines may have something to do with the 82 bathing boxes that line the foreshore of Brighton Beach. These were built over a hundred years ago in response to ideas of Victorian moral values and seaside bathing. Each now comes adorned with distinctive decorations which have now turned Brighton Beach into an immediately recognisable spot. These bathing boxes are located on a popular spot of the coastline of Dendy Street. On a good day this coastline is filled with picnickers, windsurfers and water skiers.
I was visiting Melbourne towards the end of the Australian summer so the weather was never going to be guaranteed, a walk on an overcast day was still enjoyable. If you are visiting Melbourne, Brighton is well worth a visit. When you are done with snapping the Brighton’s Bathing Boxes(let’s face it, they are irresistible!), head on over to city center where you will find Brighton’s Bay Street lined with cafes, restaurants, and enough shops to burn some plastic if you so choose.
Apart from exploring the coastline on foot, you can also rent a bike at Beach Road Cycles and explore the area’s historical architecture like the town hall buildings, manicured gardens such as that of Rippon Lea; 5- hectares of extensive gardens, a large lake and a waterfall as well as the beautiful gardens at Billilla Homestead. If you are short on time simply stick to people watching on the coastline by the bathing boxes and watch tourists dropped off in minibuses or those that take to self-guided tours.
How to get to Brighton Beach in Melbourne by train:
You can easily get to Brighton Beach in Melbourne by train. There are plenty of frequent trains from Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne heading towards Sandringham. You need to get off at Middle Brighton Railway Station. The train journey from Flinders Street is about 35 minutes. Its then a 15-minute walk from the station. There is also Brighton Beach Station but note that it’s even further away from Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes.
Brighton Beach Melbourne parking if driving:
There is parking on Brighton Beach in Melbourne but just bear in mind that the car park is not that big so on busy days you may need to park in the nearby residential area. You also have to pay for parking. My friend drove and I cant for the life of me remember how much we paid.
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