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For the last part of my Australian Beaches pictorial I am taking a tour of the southern state of Victoria in Australia to visit some of their spectacular coastline.
Once you cross the New South Wales border heading south there is the tucked away fisherman’s paradise village of Mallacoota. Travelling further south you come to the Lakes District of Victoria and the very famous Lakes Entrance.
Melbourne has some of the most renowned beaches in the world such as the iconic St Kilda Beach and the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Philip Island and Cowes. On the western side of Melbourne’s Port Philip Bay is the Bellarine Peninsula with its historic seaside resorts such as Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff.
Further west at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road drive are the surfing mecca’s of Torquay, Bells Beach and Johanna which are just short of the spectacular coastline that runs right through to Warrnambool and Nelson at the South Australian border.
Mallacoota is a small holiday and fishing town situated at the mouth of Mallacoota Inlet in the far eastern corner of Victoria. Mallacoota is surrounded by the 87,500 hectare Croajingolong National Park which extends for over 100 kilometres along the wilderness coast of the region.
Mallacoota’s remoteness has made it popular for visitors seeking a quiet seaside experience in an area surrounded by forests, secluded beaches and pristine waterways.
Lakes Entrance is situated between Bairnsdale and Orbost at a man-made channel that links Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea with the 400 square kilometre network of inland waterways known as the Gippsland Lakes.
Ninety Mile Beach is a windswept stretch of beach on the Bass Strait which is popular for beach fishing.
The Bellarine Peninsula is a peninsula located south-west of Melbourne in Victoria, surrounded by Port Phillip, Corio Bay and Bass Strait. It consists of the city of Geelong and the seaside resort towns of Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff and Portarlington.
One of the most spectacular and scenic coastal drives in the world is the Great Ocean Road which is located 2 hours from Melbourne and extends 400 kilometres, from Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border.
I hope you have enjoyed my state-by-state pictorial of Australian Beaches. I grew up in Victoria so many of the places I have shown you hold a very special place in my heart. There is no denying that I really do live in a magnificent country that boasts some of the best beaches in the world.
For more Australian Beaches see my previous series Australian Beaches:Queensland, Australian Beaches: Northern NSW, Australian Beaches: South Australia, Australian Beaches: Southern NSW, Australian Beaches: South West Australia and Australian Beaches: North West Australia
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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sherylallenMay 19, 2015
I love that you finished your pictorial in my little corner of the world. Reminds me how blessed I am to live where I live. Your beach images are beautiful.
KathyMay 19, 2015
I’m glad you liked them Sheryl. Victoria also is very special to me as it is where I grew up. A holiday to the beach was always a treat when I was a youngster. :)
Little Wandering WrenMay 19, 2015
Ditto with Sheryl :) Those beaches are amazing. Great post.
KathyMay 19, 2015
Thank you. I only wish I was able to capture more of Victoria’s stunning beaches. Maybe next time. :)
JohannaMay 19, 2015
Is there really a beach named after me? Oh wow, just have to get there! Actually your post has me wanting to pack a bag, hire a camper and head off. I know we have lovely beaches this side, but the sheer diversity of Australian beaches is stunning … and needs to be explored – personally methinks! Another lovely post with great photos.
KathyMay 19, 2015
Yes there truly is a Johanna Beach and we actually camped there in a free camping area for a few days whilst we explored the Great Ocean Road. It was one of the most stunning beaches I saw during my travels. It is a hard decision on judging Australia’s best beaches state, but I still think the beaches of the South West of West Australia win hands down.
jennyandstephenmilanMay 19, 2015
Yes Kathy it’s true. We do have the best beaches in the world. Beautiful photos as always. We loved a campervan trip along the great Ocean road a few years ago. Thanks again for the memories.
KathyMay 19, 2015
The Great Ocean Road was magnificent. The coastline and beaches were spectacular. However I was pleasantly surprised with some of the other lovely beaches on the Victorian coastline. :)
Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)May 21, 2015
I went to Torquay once and the main thing I remember is the fattiest serve of fish and chips I’ve ever scoffed down in my life. It was freezing but there were still people swimming! Those Victorians are mad.
KathyMay 21, 2015
It can get very cold down South. I always find the sea water temperature to be far too cold for me to swim in. I think we have been spoilt by the lovely warm sea water temps here in Queensland! We had a Tasmanian boarder once and she used to tell us that they would swim when it was only a mere 20 degrees outside! So the Tasmanians are even madder than the Victorians!
Red Nomad OZMay 24, 2015
Funny how everyone thinks the best beaches are up north!! These are sensational – I’ve been to a few, and look forward to seeing the rest some day!!
KathyMay 25, 2015
Aren’t they just gorgeous. Mallacoota was a magical place with its deserted beaches, as was the Bellarine Peninsula with the gorgeous traditional seaside resorts from another era. As for the Great Ocean Road – what a magnificent part of Australia!