Holidays in Brighton Beach

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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.

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3077 Cheap Hotels Near Brighton Beach

Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
4.5 out of 5
3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC
The price is AU$179 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Located in Brighton, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Brighton Beach, Elwood Beach and Sandringham Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (499 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Close to shops and restaurants and train station."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2021

Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
Victoria Street, Melbourne, VIC
This family-friendly Melbourne holiday home is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Brighton Beach and Elwood Beach. Sandringham Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 ...
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 30 Aug. 2019

BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
4 out of 5
16 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC
Located in Brighton, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Brighton Beach, Elwood Beach and Sandringham Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also ...
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
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Quest Brighton on the Bay
Quest Brighton on the Bay
3.5 out of 5
250 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
The price is AU$178 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Quest Brighton on the Bay
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
Victoria Street, Melbourne, VIC
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
4 out of 5
16 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Abode
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
4.5 out of 5
3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC
The price is AU$179 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton
BOUTIQUE STAYS - The Residence
BOUTIQUE STAYS - The Residence
Melbourne, VIC
BOUTIQUE STAYS - The Residence
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
Grosvenor Street, Melbourne, VIC
BOUTIQUE STAYS - Brighton Rose
Lush Green Hideaway - two min stroll to beach
Lush Green Hideaway - two min stroll to beach
7B Moule Avenue Brighton, Melbourne, VIC
Lush Green Hideaway - two min stroll to beach
Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty
Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty
3.5 out of 5
6/32 Bay Street, Brighton, VIC
Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty
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