Altona Beach is the most attractive and popular beach in Melbourne’s West. It is home to many recreational and water sport activities such as kite surfing, paddle boarding and volleyball. The calm, clean water leads to a pristine expanse of sand ideal for soaking up the sun, having a picnic or building a sandcastle.
A pathway along The Esplanade stretches the length of the beach. Shaded by lush Norfolk Pines, the shared bike and walking trail is part of the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail and provides the ideal spot to take the dog for a walk (on-lead) and enjoy the fresh air. Altona Beach is also well-known for its pier. The Altona Pier stretches 500 metres out over the water offering views out to Port Phillip Bay as well as a nice spot to throw in a fishing line.
Altona Beach is now recognised as a fully accessible beach offering access to the water for people of different abilities. It is the first beach in Australia to provide beach matting down to the water, ideal for wheelchair access, all year round. Weaver’s Reserve has an accessible changing facility, with hoist, available for those who need it. During the summer months, beach wheelchairs are available for free hire on weekends during 12 noon and 5pm. The beach wheelchairs are ideal for people who have mobility limitations, including those with permanent disability, temporary disability or those with reduced mobility due to age. Bookings can be made through the Hobsons Bay City Council website.
There is free parking, tree lined parks, barbecue areas and public amenities all within walking distance to shops, cafes and public transport.
The Esplanade, Altona
Bicycle: Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail
Train: Werribee Line, change trains at Newport for the Altona Line. Altona Station is a 500 metre walk along Pier Street to Altona Beach.
Bus: 412, 415, 903