Only 15 minutes south of Melbourne’s CBD, the City of Bayside boasts 17 kilometres of stunning foreshore and beaches facing Port Phillip Bay. Offering the best of both worlds with ocean views abounding, or if you want to enjoy Melbourne citylife you have plenty of local transport options including the Sandringham train line, bus and tram services.
Adding charm to Bayside leafy suburbs are its cultural facilities, art galleries and local festivals. Surrounded by some of Melbourne’s most historic heritage sites, the village-like atmosphere in the City of Bayside doesn’t disappoint with its famous Church street offering over 200 boutiques and high-end stores. Other low-rise shopping strips like Bay street abound with restaurants, cafes and bars and feature some of Melbourne’s best alfresco dining.
With a variety of indigenous coastal vegetation, inland reserves, historic parks and gardens, you’re never too far away from natural beauty.
Bayside’s flat landscape makes it easy to get around on foot and bike as locals have ease of access to outdoor exercise and recreational facilities including multiple sand belt golf courses, yacht clubs, bike tracks, and clean, safe swimming beaches with views of the city.
For something different, try some cold water therapy at the iconic Brighton Baths- Victoria’s only 50 metre open water lap lane facility. For kitesurfers, Brighton Beach is one of Port Phillip Bay’s premier locations, with designated access lanes for kitesurfing and regular lessons held opposite the beachfront hotel. Just south of Middle Brighton, Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes attracts tourists year round with these stunning 82 colourful Victorian beach huts connecting Bayside’s rich past to the present.
For families, the City of Bayside boasts some of the best schools in Victoria with 30 schools across the municipality, catering for over 17,500 students from prep to year 12. Melbourne’s top universities are also accessible via train or tram, including University of Melbourne and Monash University’s Parkville and Caulfield campuses.