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Mentone

It stretches for about 5km and offers up the best of the bay without the crowds you’ll find at better-known places like St Kilda. Head to the Mentone to Mordialloc Foreshore Reserve to stroll or cycle along the promenade or simply pop your towel on the sand and relax as you stare out at the water.

Those with a sweet tooth should make a beeline for Mentone stalwart Sunbeam Cakes, which has been baking its mouth-watering selection of cakes, tarts and slices since 1945. It also serves savoury pastries if you want to grab something to take to the beach. 

Another bakery is doing it New York style. Light and bright Huff Bagelry has a short menu that features the signature bread. Choose the garlic, sea salt and rosemary bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers for a tasty traditional take, or buy a bag full to take home.

At the end of the day, find a seat at Lydford & Co. The focus at this relaxed bar — apart from good times, which goes with saying — is local brewers, distilleries and winemakers. Order a glass of the house chardonnay (made in the Nagambie Hills) or a Sample Brewery golden ale, peruse the menu of bar snacks, and kick back with friends.

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