Portsea Back Beach
Portsea Back Beach
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Broad expanse of beach with good surfing waves, but dangerous rip tides (Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared swimming here in 1967).
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DShalders
Glen Waverley, Australia2,757 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
Well a beach is a beach but this one reminds me of 90 mile beach in Gippsland, with long sweeping beaches right around the coast. We were here in spring and it was very rough but the kids 14,12,8 still got in and body surfed. If the winds not up it’s very peaceful with plenty of foreshore walks through the dunes.

For a more sheltered swimming hole for smaller kids I’d recommend around near London bridge with its rock pools.
Written November 7, 2020
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
Feb 2020
I have been to this beach many a time since I was in my 20s, mostly to walk, photograph or wellbeing meditation. This time it was to photograph.

There are a few levels of carparks, which are free, but time limited. There are picnic tables facing out over the bay in some areas and there are public toilets on different levels.

As you walk down the many stairs to reach the beach you will find the Portsea Surf Club. Handy to know this incase you need help.

There ware walking tracks that lead to the Sphinx Rock and to London Bridge, just to name a few.

TIPS:
Wearing sturdy walking shoes and taking a pair of flip flops / thongs in your bag to sway into.
Sunscreen and a hat is a must [our sun is harsh no matter the time of year]
Layering of clothes [including bathers if you are inclined to swim]
Water and snacks
**Read the signs in regards to swimming and how long you can park
**Be vigilant of local wildlife
Time of day to visits depends on you and the parking restrictions

Worth a visit now that restrictions are slowly being lifted. [Review written in May]
Written May 17, 2020
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Camhill12455
86 contributions
No dogs on the tracks of on the beach even during winter? No one uses the beach during winter? Parks Victoria and over zealous rangers have overstepped the line.. However the beach is great all year round!
Written September 24, 2014
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Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,623 contributions
Dec 2019
The day we saw Portsea Back Beach, the surf was pretty wild. I think that you would want to be an extremely strong swimmer to swim here. This was the place near here where Harold Holt (the Prime Minister of Australia in 1967) disappeared, presumed drowned in rough conditions. It is known for rips and strong surf. It is a beautiful piece of rugged coastline but I was happy to admire it from the lookout.
Written January 27, 2020
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KIWIBOYINAU
Melbourne, Australia41 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Recently down to the Portsea Back Beach with our four young children. Probably one of the best beaches I have been to, perfectly suited for young children.

At low tide the collection of rock pools make for hours of fun. there are many of these pools of varying sizes and they are well protected and removed from the surf so it makes for easier supervision of the kids.
Written July 30, 2015
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
Portsea Back Beach is the ocean facing side of Mornington Peninsula. The coastline is rugged and the dramatic waves make it popular with surfers. There is a car park at either end, the most popular is at the end of Back Beach Road at the western sandy end of the beach. London Bridge Road leads to a quieter parking area with a spectacular viewpoint. From here steps lead down to the rockier end of the beach with towering cliffs and interesting rock formations like London Bridge. Rock pools here teem with life and are a pleasure to explore at low tide..
Written June 12, 2015
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BettyM16
Melbourne, Australia297 contributions
Jul 2018
Fresh air. Great views. Cool breezes. Great walking path to the beach. Surf. Lots and lots of sand. Good parking.
Written July 21, 2018
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Govi P
Melbourne, Australia47 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
This is the reach beach at Portsea and has a shielded beach area. Was quite crowded over the Christmas holidays but we climbed up to the observation point which gave a good view of both sides of the peninsula.
Written December 26, 2017
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Sumant B
New Delhi, India98 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
It is great place for families and friends to spend the day in a sort of personalized beach. Not crowded at all
Written April 11, 2017
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tassietourer
Heathmont, Australia304 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Visited the back beach through the week and had it all to ourselves. Great place to photograph the rugged coastal cliffs.
Written November 26, 2016
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