Top up vitamin D levels at these bayside suburbs, with their picturesque beaches and long walking and cycling trails.
Along the north-eastern shoreline of Port Phillip Bay is a region known for its quiet beaches and suburbs with pretty streets and village-style shopping precincts. Visitors can head to any number of sandy stretches for a beach stroll or paddle at Mentone, Mordialloc and Chelsea. At Chelsea, for instance, lifesavers patrol the waters during summer and there’s a long pier that’s perfect for throwing in a fishing line. Aspendale is another local secret, with a shallow bay for swimming and colourful beach boxes on the sand.
This is also a fantastic destination for those wanting to get hiking or biking. The Mentone to Mordialloc Foreshore Reserve stretches for 4.5km following the beach and passing through grass and scrubland. South of Bonbeach, you’ll find the Patterson River inlet. A bicycle path runs along either side of the river, and there are picnic areas, a tackle shop and boat ramp near the inlet, so it’s a great spot for a day out with the family.
When you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, head to one of the shopping precincts in Mentone or Cheltenham. Popular local spots like Frank’s Melbourne and Huff Bagelry serve up cafe fare to satisfy the biggest hungers. If you fancy a beer, there’s even a local microbrewery, Bad Shepherd, where its tasty ales are served alongside American-style barbecue.