Located just 30 minutes away from Melbourne’s CBD, Brighton holds the title of one of the most popular beach destinations in Victoria, with its scenic views and environments. Brighton should be at the top of your list to explore, with its relaxing ambience and touristic shops, eateries and historic sites. Although Brighton may not be the most immediate beach destination to come to mind, this list demonstrates that you will be sure to pick out some things to enjoy.
Walk along the beach
One of Melbourne’s most iconic tourist destinations, Brighton boasts a beautiful and scenic beach. Brighton’s beach includes a line of 90 bathing boxes, which date back to about the 1900s and prove striking colourful displays that are quite compelling to tourists’ eyes. The beach also offers fun activities for the whole family to enjoy such as swimming, making sandcastles or having a nice stroll around.
134 Esplanade, Brighton, 3186
Brighton Public Golf Course
Brighton’s golf course, only located 18 minutes away from the CBD, is an 18 hole; par 67 public golf course in the Bayside Sandbelt. At this course, come and enjoy the sloping greens and beautiful scenery surrounding the golf course, with a multitude of different levels for everyone to challenge themselves with. Brighton has hosted international and national competitions in the past as well. Luckily, with the help of knowledgeable and friendly staff, you won’t feel lost, as they also offer help with lessons.
Dendy St, Brighton, 3186, (03) 9592 1388
From clothes to toys, to books to antiques, Brighton is filled with opportunity shops, making it a fun packed time for those who love a bit of cheap second hand items and bargains galore. Most opportunity shops in Brighton will make it hard to leave empty-handed as there is something for everyone and surely something that you’ll love. The most popular businesses include St Andrew’s Opportunity Shop, Biccy’s Opportunity Shop and St Stephen’s Op Shop. Make sure to look around carefully, otherwise you might miss something!
St Andrew’s Op Shop – 17 St Andrews St, Brighton
Biccy’s Op Shop – 148 Church St, Brighton
St Stephen’s Op Shop – 128 Martin St, Brighton
Bayside Coastal Arts Trail
Another offbeat tourist attraction that Brighton has to offer is the Bayside Coastal Arts Trail. This trail is a 17-kilometre walk along the coastline adjacent to Beach Road between Brighton and Beaumaris. Along the trail, you can view the most picturesque scenery and landscapes, while also viewing signs that hold artworks, which were made by Australian artists who painted the Bayside coast in years past. These artworks map an important part of the area’s cultural heritage whilst enhancing the enjoyment for present day tourists and visitors to experience.
Historic Billilla Mansion
If you love a little historical flavour, Billilla Mansion is the place to go. With evergreen formal gardens and an elegant facade, this place is a sight to see. It was built by Robert Wright, a successful miner, who built the place in an Edwardian style and owned the place from 1878. However, a few years later it was altered into typical Art Nouveau style. The council now owns the property; however, it is leased by Xavier College and open to the public for viewing. It has been a local Brighton landmark for more than 100 years.
26 Halifax St, Brighton, 3186, (03) 9599 4444
Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton
Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton is known as one of Melbourne’s most luxurious cinemas and has been located in Brighton since the 1940s. It is a cinema filled with elegance, class and comfort and is the place to go for a night out, particularly on account of their fully licensed café and bar.
26 Church St, Brighton, 3186, (03) 9592 7815
Browse the shops in Church St
Church St is the place to go when you want to go for a uninterrupted spell of urban rambling. With plenty of shops to choose from including clothes shops, opportunity shops, homeware shops, Church St will not fail to please. You can grab something to eat from the numerous cafes, restaurants and bars Church St offers, as well as having a browse in the bakeries. Some of their most well known eateries include Fish Tank, The Groove Train, Dendy Deli and White Rabbit, which are all unique in their own way.
Church St, Brighton, 3186
Endota Spa Brighton
Located near the Quest accommodation building off the main street, this cosy and private spa promises a relaxing and enjoyable time for winding down. Endota Spa offers five rooms that are usually individually suited to the customers’ needs in terms of temperature and relaxation requests set for your specific treatment. You can enjoy the spa alone, go with some friends, or experience a couple’s spa treatment. Endota Spa offers expert therapists that specialise in relaxation, remedial, deep tissue, pregnancy and hot rock massage, organic and advanced facials, hydro-microdermabrasion, body wraps and scrubs, manicures, pedicures, waxing and spray tans.
242 Esplanade, Brighton, 3186, (03) 9592 8590
Brighton Schoolhouse Café
Restaurant, Gluten-free, $$$
Brighton Schoolhouse Café
Brighton Schoolhouse Café is a destination you should not miss. The café offers food, which is grown from healthy and organic means using wholefood ingredients with an emphasis on the local, organic and seasonal produce. Not only is this place child friendly, it offers a kids corner where the children can draw on the chalkboards and a playground to boot. The Schoolhouse offers an all-day breakfast menu, with the choice of having free range eggs cooked anyway you want, super food smoothies, waffles, fresh fish and quinoa salads, all with vegetarian, lactose and gluten free options. Make sure to book ahead, especially during the weekend.
15 St Andrews St, Brighton, 3186, (03) 9593 3129
This huge parkland reserve in the seaside suburb holds two playgrounds for kids to enjoy and a barbeque area so you can grill your lunch without fear of going hungry. The park also holds sports practice areas and the park allows dogs off leash. Dendy is perfect for families who have a furry pet and want to have a day out and enjoy each other’s company.
Brighton East, 3187