Walking trails, beaches and local shops make Sandringham the perfect destination for any visitor wanting to see a calmer part of our beautiful city.
Sandringham was once seen as a holiday destination for the Melbourne elite. Today, the suburb remains a relaxed beachside escape for people living in the inner suburbs. Take a morning stroll along the beautiful beach before indulging in a balanced day of activities, eating and relaxing, we promise you’ll enjoy it!
Rise and shine, it’s time for your day out in Sandringham! If you’re staying in the CBD jump on the Sandringham line train from Flinders Street Station and ride it for about 30 minutes until you reach Sandringham Station. The first thing you will notice about this part of Sandringham is its small-town feel. Although it’s only a short ride out of the city, the fresh ocean smell and village atmosphere makes it feels hours away. Walk out of the station and straight ahead to the beach, from there you will be able to see the Sandringham Band Rotunda and Gardens.
Built in 1926 to showcase popular outdoor band concerts, the Sandringham Band Rotunda could accommodate 25 musicians on the upper level. Gardens were created and palm trees planted beside the rotunda, which became a notable feature of the landscape. After you have taken in the beauty of the rotunda, walk left down the path towards the beach. From here it is your choice, either walk down along the sand or higher up along the cliff to reveal wonderful views of Port Phillip Bay and the CBD on the far right. Don’t wander too far, so that you can indulge in a magnificent breakfast in nearby Sandringham Village. If you are interested in a longer, more structured walk, have a look at this brochure which will guide you around the seaside suburb and its historically significant sights.
After a walk around the area, head back to Bay Road. Right near the corner of Bay and Beach Roads, you will find The Black Squirrel Café [20 Bay Road, Sandringham]. Before taking a seat outside in the sun, head in and explore the rustic space. Its exposed brick walls and relaxed atmosphere will make you feel right at home. The breakfast menu is served all day and fear not, Victoria’s favourite meal, Smashed Avocado, is one of their staple items. If you are feeling a little bit more peckish, why not indulge in one of their famed burgers…don’t worry we won’t tell anyone it’s brekkie time!
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After a satisfying breakfast, take a short stroll down the beach to East Coast Kayaking [37 Jetty Road, Sandringham], where you will find a small hut with lots of kayaks and some helpful staff. Sea Kayaking has become incredibly popular in the past few years. Whether you have tried it before, or it is your first time, the steady water of Port Phillip Bay makes for the perfect place for a paddle.
Depending on your skill level, you might decide to have a leisurely float around the Sandringham Harbour or discover some of the smaller beaches in the area. If you are a little more experienced and would like to work off breakfast, consider paddling down the coast towards Half Moon Bay, where you will find an amazing ship wreck to circle, and some great scenery on the way back. After this you will no doubt be a little knackered, so return your kayak and head back to Bay Road where you are about to get some fish and chips and hit the beach!
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You’ll find Luxe Grill [80 Station Street, Sandringham] back in the Sandringham Village, near where you jumped off the train. A new edition to the area, Luxe is not exactly what you would call traditional fish and chips. The menu consists of four different types of tacos, six different types of burgers, then an array of fish and chips options. The tacos and burgers are tasty, but in true Aussie tradition we suggest you grab some fish and chips and head on down to the beach. The Duo Pack comes with two pieces of fish, two tempura prawns, two tempura scallops, two potato cakes and chips for $30, very reasonable! Once your choice has been made, walk down the road to the Sandringham beach and take a seat on the sand. Alternately, sit in the shade of the trees in some of the grassy areas and enjoy your lunch.
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Once you have had a swim and dried off, your day is nearly over. What better way to cap it off than with a delicious gelato, made in the true Italian way, from Cool Delights on Bay [25 Bay Rd, Sandringham], just a few minutes walk up Bay Road. Everything you see in the freezer is made from scratch in house by the Matino family. If you’re feeling like you’ve been a little gluttonous after a day of eating out, there are also cold pressed juices on offer. After you have chosen something, wander back down to Sandringham station, though do be careful, after such a big day you may need a nap, and half an hour on a cool train might just be the perfect place!