Altona Beach, Victoria is the ultimate destination for beach enthusiasts in Melbourne's West.
Renowned for its charming Esplanade and calm waters, this beach offers recreational and water sports activities, including kite surfing, paddle boarding, and beach volleyball.
The serene and pristine waters are perfect for a refreshing swim, while the vast expanse of soft sand beckons sun-seekers to enjoy the warmth and relax.
The Esplanade is a pathway that spans the length of the beach. The shade of majestic Norfolk Pines accompanies you as you explore this shared bike and walking trail that seamlessly connects to the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
Altona Beach Accessibility & Facilities
Altona Beach is the first beach in Australia to offer year-round beach matting, allowing easy access to the water for individuals with different abilities.
Nearby Weaver's Reserve features an accessible changing facility, equipped with a hoist, to ensure everyone can enjoy the beach to the fullest.
During the summer months, beach wheelchairs are available for complimentary hire on weekends from 12 noon to 5 pm. Secure your booking through the Hobsons Bay City Council website for an inclusive beach experience.
Altona Beach boasts numerous barbecue areas and public amenities and the beach's prime location puts shops, cafes, and public transport within easy walking distance.
Altona Dog Beach
Got a furry friend? Altona Dog Beach allows dogs to frolic freely throughout the year, making it a true gem for pet owners.
When the tide is in, a narrow strip of sandy beach provides ample space for play, while the shallow waters ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for dogs of all sizes.
This beach offers convenient parking options, situated just north of the Altona Sports Club and south of the Pines Scout Camp. Adjacent to the beach, the PA Burns Reserve features a fenced dog off-leash area, providing additional space for dogs to socialise and stretch their legs.
Altona Beach runs alongside the Esplanade. Altona Dog Beach can be found further up the road, adjacent to the P A Burns Reserve.
Nearest Train Station
Altona Station is a 500 metre walk along Pier Street to Altona Beach.
Nearest Bus Stops
Pier Street / Blyth Street
Bus Lines: 412, 415, 903
Metered street parking available along the Esplanade.
Things to do near Altona Beach
There are plenty of things to see and experience near Altona Beach. While you’re at the beach, make sure you also visit:
The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail
Embark on an extraordinary 23km journey along the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, where you'll discover the rich maritime history of Williamstown, picturesque botanic gardens, sandy beaches, and beautiful wetlands.
Easily navigable by foot or bicycle, the trail features nautical-themed markers and captivating artworks that unveil the cultural and natural history of the coast.
Truganina Explosives Reserve and Truganina Coastal Parklands
The Truganina Explosives Reserve has a unique history, once having been a storage for explosive materials. It comprises an historic homestead and under keepers residence, adjacent to an important conservation reserve. The explosives reserve is open to the public on the first Sunday each month by tour only.
The Truganina Coastal Parklands has some of the best views in the region featuring 100 Steps of Federation that leads to the highest point between Melbourne and the You Yang mountain ranges. Take in sweeping views of Melbourne, Port Phillip bay and the surrounding Cheetham Wetlands.
Altona Miniature Railway
Experience the joy of miniature train rides at the Altona Miniature Railway. This beloved hobby club invites train enthusiasts on the third Sunday of every month to embark on delightful journeys aboard scaled diesel and steam engines.
Hobsons Bay is particularly known for its fishing. Cast off from the Altona Boat Ramp to get amongst the local snapper, whiting, flathead and squid. There are also fishing charters available if you prefer to head out in a group.