Melbourne has been listed amongst the world's most liveable cities - and not without reason. Its versatility and the varied nature of the areas surrounding the CBD ensure there is something for everyone.
If you venture east of its sophisticated city scene and colourful laneways and head down the coast, and you'll find a string of seaside suburbs, each with their own personality and individual feel. Here we list just a few of our favourites for those considering life by the beach in Australia's second-biggest city.
Rye has always been one of the Mornington Peninsulas favourite holiday destinations. Now with the free flowing Peninsula Link and the Frankston Bypass offering a dream run from the city and suburbs people are choosing to relocate to the Peninsula on a permanent basis. Rye has the advantage of kilometres of sparkling family friendly bay beaches with bleached sandy beaches, shady Moonah trees and an interesting collection of bathing boxes. For the more adventurous there are world class surf beaches that cater for all categories of surfing enthusiast. All forms of aquatic activities are yours for the asking. For those seeking the buzz of the ocean from a spectator's point of view there is a never ending series of paths and walkways along the cliff faces and through the wonderful national parks.
Nestled between Rye and Dromana on the Nepean Highway, this popular summer holiday destination is the perfect base from which to explore the countless outdoor attractions nearby. Take a walk up to Arthurs Seat, the highest point on the peninsula. Take in sweeping views of the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas. Break out the clubs and spend a day at one of the many renowned courses along the Mornington Peninsula. With numerous local courses and facilities to suit beginner's right through to the most experienced players, now's the time to get out in the sunshine and work on your swing.
Sophisticated Sorrento perches at the peak of the Nepean Peninsula, 100km away from Melbourne's CBD. Its Italian-inspired moniker denotes a chic, European feel to the town, which comprises of one main road adjacent to the ocean flanked with swanky shops, quaint antique sellers and plenty of stylish restaurants and comfy coffee shops. Sorrento's situation within the unspoilt countryside and its upmarket presentation and reputation naturally ensure that price tags are heftier - but properties retain their value and appreciate with little outside influence.
Mornington's trendy street of upmarket boutiques, wine bars and coffee shops makes it an attractive location for professional couples and families. It's relatively close proximity to Melbourne and 'far away' feel ensure that it's the perfect escape for anyone tired of living and working in the CBD. Nearby, you'll find plenty of places to explore and enjoy, including plenty of vineyards and wineries with cellar doors flung open throughout the summer.
Glimpse the lifestyles of the rich and famous at Portsea's millionaire mansions, toast local characters at the historic Portsea Pub and feel the sun on your back as you learn to scuba dive. Portsea's location at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula means you can cool off at a safe bay beach and be riding the surf at the ocean beach just minutes later. Slow down after a day out in the water with an evening with friends on the green lawns of the Portsea Pub. Learn to scuba dive amid sea dragons and rays around Portsea Pier. Experienced divers can explore the reef system to the left of the pier, or venture by boat to outlying reefs and historic wrecks, like the former warship HMAS Canberra.
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