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Brighton Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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 $121 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

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! (659 reviews)
Clean and tidy.

"Friendly and helpful staff. Good location but stay impacted by covid-19 requirements and did not get to see the Brighton beach and area. Nice neat and clean property. Unable to open sealed windows for fresh air."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Brighton Savoy
Boutique Stays Brighton Abode
Boutique Stays Brighton Abode
Melbourne, 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 ...

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
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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 ...

Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode
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Brighton Savoy
Brighton Savoy
4 out of 5
150 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
The price is $121 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Brighton Savoy
Boutique Stays Brighton Abode
Boutique Stays Brighton Abode
Melbourne, VIC
Boutique Stays Brighton Abode
Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode
Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode
4 out of 5
16 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC
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Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
4.5 out of 5
3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC
The price is $108 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
Boutique Stays The Residence
Boutique Stays The Residence
Melbourne, VIC
Boutique Stays The Residence
Quest Brighton on the Bay
Quest Brighton on the Bay
3.5 out of 5
250 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
The price is $111 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
Quest Brighton on the Bay
Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose
Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose
4 out of 5
1/12 Grosvenor Street, Brighton, VIC
Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose
Boutique Stays Brighton Rose
Boutique Stays Brighton Rose
Melbourne, VIC
Boutique Stays Brighton Rose
Renovated Period Gem, Walk to Cafes and Shops. Wifi, Full Linen, pet Friendly
Renovated Period Gem, Walk to Cafes and Shops. Wifi, Full Linen, pet Friendly
Melbourne, VIC
Renovated Period Gem, Walk to Cafes and Shops. Wifi, Full Linen, pet Friendly
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.