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Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach which includes a sandy beach

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.

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Brighton Savoy
Brighton Savoy
4 out of 5
150 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
The price is $133 per night from May 18 to May 18
This Brighton hotel is on the beach, 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Brighton Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Luna Park and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Crown Casino and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (663 reviews)
"Great service. Location was excellent. Have a great stay"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

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BOUTIQUE STAYS – Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS – Brighton Abode
Melbourne, VIC
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This family-friendly Melbourne vacation home is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Brighton Beach and Sandringham Beach. Luna Park and St Kilda Beach ...
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

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Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode
Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode
4 out of 5
16 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC
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Located in Brighton, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Brighton Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Sandringham Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also ...
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Brighton Savoy
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4 out of 5
150 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
The price is $133 per night from May 18 to May 18
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4 out of 5
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Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
4.5 out of 5
3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC
The price is $118 per night from May 25 to May 25
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Quest Brighton on the Bay
3.5 out of 5
250 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
The price is $111 per night from May 26 to May 26
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4 out of 5
1/12 Grosvenor Street, Brighton, VIC
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Lush Green Hideaway - two min Stroll to Beach
Melbourne, VIC
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