Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

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Calm water, colorful huts and historic sea baths make this suburban beach a relaxing and stylish escape from Melbourne's inner-city bustle.

Situated in one of Melbourne’s wealthiest suburbs, Brighton Beach refers to three different sections of beach along Port Phillip Bay: Upper Brighton Beach, Middle Brighton Beach and Dendy Street Beach. Middle Brighton features historic sea baths and the Middle Brighton Pier. The most famous spot is undoubtedly Dendy Street Beach, which is home to a line of more than 80 colorful beach huts, Brighton’s famous “bathing boxes.”

The iconic, heritage-protected bathing boxes are nearly identical in their rudimentary design and building materials. They all have a wooden frame, weatherboard sides and corrugated-iron roof, but the similarities stop there. All of them are painted in a range of bold, beautiful and flamboyant designs that form a spectacular wall of color along the beach. Don’t forget your camera; these quaint structures are a photographer’s dream.

The bathing boxes are a vestige from the modest Victorian times when they provided a place for bathers to change clothing in privacy. Nowadays, people can buy an annual license for a bathing box. On weekends many licensees will have their huts open, allowing beach-goers a peek inside. Despite their petite size, the bathing boxes are highly sought after.

The beaches of Brighton generally have very calm water and are patrolled by lifeguards, which make them a safe place to swim. Just inland from the beaches there are plenty of grassy foreshore reserves to have a picnic, kick a ball or relax. Pull on your running shoes or bike helmet; separate walking and cycling paths run the length of Port Phillip Bay and provide great vistas of the bay and city skyline. Be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and to drink plenty of water when in the sun.

Brighton Beach is easily accessible via bus or the Sandringham train that runs along the suburbs of Port Phillip Bay into downtown Melbourne. Brighton Beach is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Melbourne and there’s a user-pay car park nearby.

Top Hotels Close to Brighton Beach

Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
4.5 out of 5
3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC, 3186
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $113 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly apartment in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and in-room massages. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (516 reviews)
"Love the location and reception. Some of the fittings in our apartment need updating (taps in the bathrooms, shower heads."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
Melbourne, VIC
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Melbourne. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the property condition in our ...
2/5 (1 review)
Disappointing
"Great location, safe, secure, quiet but the property is tired and needs some maintenance and updating inside and out. The online photos and descriptions are out of date; the current condition of this property is very different to what they advertise. Not worth the money!"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
4 out of 5
16 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC, 3186
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Brighton Beach and St Kilda Beach are located ...
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Quest Brighton on the Bay
Quest Brighton on the Bay
3.5 out of 5
250 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC, 3186
The price is $112 per night from May 29 to May 30
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4 out of 5
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Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
4.5 out of 5
3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC, 3186
The price is $113 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Rose
4 out of 5
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BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Rose
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Lush Green Hideaway - two min stroll to beach
Lush Green Hideaway - two min stroll to beach
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Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.