Another leisurely coastal walk in Melbourne is the Brighton Beach to St Kilda, an under 2 hour walk covering approximately 7 km from Brighton Beach train station. We caught the train from Flinders St. Station taking the Sandringham line with a travel time of around 30 minutes.
WHAT TO SEE
Our walk pretty much started from Brighton Beach Station, crossing the road takes you towards the Brighton Beach Garden, a good vantage point of Port Philip Bay, Melbourne’s skyline and the famous Brighton Bathing Boxes! This park offers a picnic area, parking and public amenities.
After a short wonder around and selfie opportunities, we continued our walk and descended to the beach where the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes were situated. These bathing boxes have stood the test of time, built originally as ladies changing sheds in the 1800s. They are unique, colourful and constructed of timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, very Aussie! Unfortunately these boxes have no electricity or running water, but nearby public amenities help solve some of these inherent issues. Each boxes are owned individually, usually passed on within families from one generation to the next so when one comes up for sale, it attracts top dollar. The good news is they can be rented out for a weekend escape.
We continued along the Esplanade before joining the Bay Trail. Here you’ll find the Middle Brighton Pier and The Baths Middle Brighton. If you’re peckish, this is your pitstop, the art deco building offers a swimming area, restaurant, gym, bar, and a small kiosk for hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Enjoy the vista as you head down to Sandown Street Beach, check out the classic Georgian and luxurious houses in this area.
Elwood Beach and Elwood Park Foreshore Reserve are perfect spots for a BBQ and picnic, but the main attraction in this area is the look out on top of Point Ormond, a perfect Instagram snap point. The views of Port Philip Bay and Melbourne’s skyline from the top is unobstructed and spectacular.
We continued our walk along the Bay Trail then crossed the road and headed into St Kilda, you have a choice of continuing along the waterfront or cutting across into town, as it was coffee and cake time, we decided on the latter.
It’s recommended that you bring along a bottle of water, a comfy outfit/hat and good walking shoes, definitely dress to the conditions including sun and general weather protection according to the time of year. You can hire a push bike from one of number of bike rentals if you prefer to cycle the trip. Bikes can be hired directly at Beach Rd Cycle 232 Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186.
To get back to the Melbourne, just jump Tram 96 from stop numbers 134, 135, 136, 138, and 139 in St. Kilda.