Melbourne: Brighton Beach to City 20km

A lovely Melbourne spring day, sunny, with little wind, so I took the train to Brighton Beach and walked back to the Melbourne’s city centre from there.

My walk took me northwest along the beaches to Port Melbourne. Then off the shoreline via the Sandridge Rail Trail following the tram line back to Crown Casino and the city.

Today’s map…

This is your vista after exiting the train and crossing the Esplanade in Brighton Beach. Not bad, hey?

Looking northwest at Brighton Beach

Turn around close to Green Point and look back for a view of Brighton Beach.

Looking southeast at Brighton Beach

North of Brighton Beach, there is a headland and gardens called Green Point and Brighton Beach Gardens. The views towards downtown Melbourne were pretty amazing from there… (apologies in advance, there are numerous skyline photos in this blogpost…)

Melbourne skyline from Green Point

Avoiding the Bay Trail along the Esplanade by walking on the beach instead, you soon reach Brighton Beach Boxes.

Brighton Beach Boxes from the south

The colourful Brighton Beach Boxes are a tourist attraction these days. In particular, Chinese looking people seem to appreciate them, taking photographs of themselves and each other. Who can blame them? The boxes looked brilliant a clear spring day like today.

Brighton Beach Boxes from the north

I checked out the beach boxes myself before continuing a short distance beyond Brighton Life Saving Club. Then I stopped for a cuppa and muffin (my supplies). Plenty of benches to choose from, and less busy than along the Brighton Beach Boxes.

Soon thereafter, Middle Brighton with the baths and cafe/restaurant came into view. Yes, there are enclosed ocean baths here, immediately to the right below. However, an entry fee is required. Still, the area is another great spot for a break.

The Baths Middle Brighton

Not for me today though. I’m going pier. I’ve never walked or cycled to the end of Middle Brighton Pier before so an impromptu decision was made to do just that.

Me in front of Middle Brighton Pier

Some distance out, Middle Brighton Pier curves and becomes a defacto breakwater. There is a small observation tower overlooking the marina and further out, the mandatory fishermen were trying their luck. I walked to the pier’s very end before turning back.

Middle Brighton Pier looking north with towards Melbourne city

Turning around at the end of the pier, it looked as follows:

Middle Brighton Pier looking south

Soon, I was back onshore and then for some time, there are two parallel foreshore trails, one for cyclists and one for pedestrians. In fact, it continues like that almost all the way to St Kilda Marina. On the other side of St Kilda, the trail splits into two yet again, all the way to Port Melbourne and beyond. Impressive!

Separation between pedestrians and cyclists north of Middle Brighton Pier

Moving on to Elwood and its newish Life Saving Club House. I should mention that toilets and cafes are plentiful along the beaches. You should never have to walk far to the next of either one comes into view. Of course, the Esplanade with regular shopping strips is only a block away inland.

Elwood Life Saving Club

The white construction up the hill below is Point Ormond. A place I have never been to before as I mostly cycle when I’m here. Until today…

Looking northwest towards Point Ormond

Brilliant views on offer from Point Ormond. So nice that I had another cuppa break here, enjoying the scenery while drinking my coffee. The views one way…

Looking north from Point Ormond

And the other…

By the way, for anybody interested in Point Ormond’s history (worth reading), please refer here.

Looking southwest from Point Ormond (from where we arrived)

Again, there are separate wooden bridges for crossing Elster Creek, one for pedestrians (in front) and one for cyclists (right). Nice!

Crossing Elster Creek

After Elster Creek and north of MO Moran’s Reserve is St Kilda Marina. As a walker, you can enter the marina and exit opposite. As a cyclist, you need to cycle around it. Fair enough.

St Kilda Marina entrance from the south

Now, lunch time beckons and I decided to (yet again) visit Pink Flake on Ackland St in St Kilda. Their lunchtime deal of fish, chips, and salad for $10 is a steal. Very tasty and plenty of food. So much food that my former outdoor eating neighbours left some of their food on their table.

The inevitable happened…

Lunch for everybody… literally everybody

I returned to St Kilda foreshore after lunch. These guys outside St Kilda Baths looked “content” with their drinks…

Artwork outside St Kilda Baths

Given my previous Middle Brighton Pier exploration, I decided against wandering out on St Kilda Pier today. Been there plenty of times, but if you haven’t, please explore it…

St Kilda Pier

The next picture from St Kilda Beach is only included before I like it with its colours… You too, perhaps…?

Boats on beach with St Kilda Pier Kiosk in the distant middle

The distance from St Kilda Pier to Station Pier in Port Melbourne is almost 5km. The promenade follows Beaconsfield Parade and much of it looks like below. Sand, occasional huts (look like old tram shelters) and cafes and toilets aplenty. The red Spirit of Tasmania ferry at Port Melbourne is barely visible in the far distance.

Along the Bay Trail

I have often wondered about this piece of art along the foreshore. No credits found for either artist or creative intention. Looks like somebody stripped off their gear and presumably got into the water… I like it though :-).

Art along South Melbourne foreshore

Station Pier at Port Melbourne. Gets busy here just after arrival time or just before departure time. This Tuesday around 2.30pm, it was quiet.

Station Pier in Port Melbourne

Melbourne tram number 109 finishes at Port Melbourne. If you have enough of walking here, this tram takes you to Melbourne’s city centre via Crown Casino. Not me, I continued my walk…

Port Melbourne tram stop

Let’s finish off with two more pictures along Sandridge Rail Trail.

The linear parks following the tram lines are lush, green and tranquil. Apart from when they cross roads or when the occasional tram passes.

Homestretch now…

The overpass below is the infamous Montague Bridge. Infamous because the underpass clearance is only 3 meters, much too low for many vehicles; trucks, and buses. In fact, how long it’s been since last crash under Montague Bridge is popularised through a website here.

On top of Montague Bridge

Continue straight on the rail trail and soon Crown Casino and the city come into view. And you can take it from there… No shortage of eating and water holes for the hungry or thirsty… Enjoy!

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