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The Best Beaches in VIC.

Victoria is known for its diverse landscapes, cultural richness, and historical significance but the state is also home to some beautiful Vic beaches that are well-worth checking out on a campervan road trip. Usually, the northern states of Australia steal the limelight of gorgeous Australian beaches, but there are plenty of must-visit beaches in Victoria, as well as some great family-friendly holiday parks in Victoria that are within easy reach of the beach.

With the Apollo Melbourne branch conveniently located near the city of Melbourne, you’ll have ample opportunity to add a few family-friendly things to do in Melbourne to a travel itinerary before hitting the open road in search of picturesque beaches and hidden gems.


What’s Victoria known for?

Victoria is well known for architectural masterpieces, trendy cafes, incredible wine regions and awe-inspiring landscapes. The Grampians mountain range has spectacular hiking trails and rock formations, and the Great Ocean Road, a scenic coastal drive that stretches over 240 kilometres, is a popular tourist attraction and offers breathtaking views of the ocean and cliffs. 

The cultural richness is evident in its historical sites, such as the Goldfields region, which played a significant role in Australia's gold rush era. The state's capital, Melbourne, is renowned for its vibrant arts scene, with world-class museums, galleries, and theatres.

So if you’re planning an Australian road trip in a campervan, then we highly recommend visiting Victoria as it offers a dynamic blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty.


What’s the best way to explore the beaches of Victoria?

One of the best ways to explore the stunning beaches of Vic is in a campervan rental. An Australian campervan hire offers many benefits, including flexibility, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. With a campervan hire, have the freedom to travel at your own pace, stop wherever you like, and stay in some of the most beautiful locations in Victoria. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise over the ocean. With kitchen onboard you can save money on eating out, and campgrounds offer a budget-friendly place to camp for the night. 

It's important to remember that campervans can’t be taken onto the sand or dunes. Additionally, to ensure everyone’s safety, be sure to follow guidelines and swim between the flags at beaches. All in all, a road trip in a camper rental promises an amazing adventure filled with unforgettable experiences.

Image: Visit Victoria


The best beaches in Victoria

1. St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach, located near the city of Melbourne, is a beach known for its calm waters and great location. The foreshore is a great place for a stroll and enjoying a bite to eat, while the beach invites you to try paddle boarding, kite surfing or swimming. We recommend heading to the iconic St Kilda Pier for a walk before enjoying some food and the great sunset views.

Where to stay near St Kilda Beach

The BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park is a great option, located just a short distance from St Kilda Beach. This holiday park offers unpowered sites and a range of facilities including a camp kitchen, BBQ area and laundry facilities. If you're travelling with kids, there's also a playground and games room to keep them entertained while you sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

2.  Quarry Beach

Nestled along the picturesque coastline, Quarry Beach is a must-visit. The area surrounding Quarry Beach is characterised by rugged cliffs and pristine sandy shores, providing an idyllic setting for nature enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Whether you're looking to ride the waves or simply bask in the sun, Quarry Beach has something to offer everyone.

Where to stay near Quarry Beach

To extend your stay and explore the area a little longer, Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park stands as an excellent campground choice nearby. The park boasts well-equipped campsites and great amenities such as barbecue areas and communal spaces, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all those travelling on an Australian campervan holiday.

3. Lorne Beach

Situated along the iconic Great Ocean RoadLorne Beach stands out as one of Victoria's coastal gems that is sure to leave you in awe with its pristine shores and breathtaking views. Lorne is a charming town surrounded by lush greenery and the stunning Otway Ranges. Lorne Beach itself boasts golden sands and clear blue waters, creating a tranquil setting suitable for the entire family, and the gentle waves make it an ideal spot for swimming and paddle boarding.

Where to stay near Lorne Beach

Extending your stay in the area is a must as there is so much natural beauty to take in and activities to enjoy. The Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park is an excellent choice for your campervan hire thanks to its prime location, as well as spacious camper sites and modern amenities.

4. Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach has pristine shores, iconic bathing boxes and a lively energy. This is a great addition to your travel itinerary when exploring Victoria. The area surrounding the beach is a charming blend of laid-back vibes and vibrant energy, with an array of cafes, boutiques, and art galleries lining the promenade. The beach itself boasts golden sands and calm, clear waters, making it a great spot for all ages.

Where to stay near Brighton Beach

Brighton Caravan Park is the place to stay for those seeking proximity to the beach and a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Located just a stone's throw away from the beach, the park offers modern facilities and a welcoming atmosphere, perfect for those travelling in a campervan hire in Australia.

5.  Bells Beach

One beach you’ve probably heard of is Bells Beach, renowned not only for its world-class surfing waves but also for its inviting atmosphere. Beyond its fame as a surfing hotspot, the beach also caters to swimming and leisurely walks along its sandy shores. The area surrounding Bells Beach is rich in diverse flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.

Where to stay near Bells Beach

Bells Caravan Park is a great place to stay nearby. With modern amenities, spacious sites and a relaxing atmosphere, this caravan park promises a delightful and memorable stay for visitors exploring the best Victorian beaches.

6.  Squeaky Beach

Squeaky Beach is a little more off-the-beaten-track, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse wildlife. To reach this destination by camper, embark on a scenic journey through the Wilsons Promontory National Park. Upon arrival at Squeaky Beach, you’ll see why it’s renowned for its iconic rounded quartz sand. As you walk along, the sand emits a distinctive squeaking sound beneath your feet, a very unique experience. As well as its squeaky sand, the beach will blow you away with its beauty thanks to the crystal-clear waters and stunning granite boulders.

Where to stay near Squeaky Beach

For those seeking accommodation near Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Prom Holiday Park has a range of facilities, natural surroundings and great powered sites. The Holiday Park complements the enchanting experience of Squeaky Beach, making it an ideal base for exploring the wonders of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

7.  Apollo Bay

Last up on our list is Apollo Bay, which is situated along the picturesque Great Ocean Road. Getting here is an adventure in itself, especially if you opt for the scenic route by camper, offering breathtaking views of the rugged coastline. The beach is wonderful, with its golden sands stretching as far as the eye can see, framed by the undulating green hills of the Otway Ranges. Whether you're a surfer, swimmer, sunbather or simply seeking a tranquil escape, Apollo Bay caters to all tastes. The area nearby is dotted with charming cafes and shops, providing a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration.

Where to stay near Apollo Bay

When considering where to stay near Apollo Bay, the Apollo Bay Holiday Park is our top pick. Situated conveniently close to the beach, this holiday park offers a great range of facilities and relaxing atmosphere to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Image: Visit Victoria


Ready for your next adventure?

So there you have it, our list of the best beaches in Victoria to add to any road trip travel itinerary. For more ideas on activities and attractions to visit while on a road trip through Victoria, be sure to check out our other great road trip itineraries and travel tips. Book your camper today, and start exploring Australia.

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