Are you looking for a quiet beach to take your Instagram selfie up against the iconic colorful beach huts? Not wanting to head to famous Brighton beach where bus loads of people roll up? If this sounds like you, keep reading.
Whilst 100’s flock to Brighton beach meanwhile in laid back Mt. Eliza there is a gem of a beach with far less tourists that is lined with the colorful iconic beach huts. The beach is mainly frequented by locals and boat enthusiasts. Whilst Ranelagh beach is small, 450m long it’s situated in a very scenic spot looking across the Port Phillip Bay to the Melbourne City Skyline.
Beautiful homes are dotted on the hill behind the colorful huts making for great photo opportunities. If beach huts isn’t your thing to photograph then a stroll along the beach and across the rock pools is a great way to spend an afternoon. A perfect place to take sunset photos.
We parked at the Canadian Beach car park and walked around the bend scrambling across the rocks. As soon as you get around the corner you witness the gorgeous brightly coloured beach huts on Ranelagh Beach. It truly is a photographers dream spot.
Whilst taking photos we met up with Cindy, a lovely friendly local who was also busy taking photos. Before you know it friendships were made. We exchanged photos that I’d taken of her and her gorgeous dog Leia. It wasn’t long before we were having our photos taken with Leia up against the beach huts.
Time was limited on this occasion however this gem of a beach is certainly one we will be returning to in the near future. We cannot wait to explore the neighboring beaches that sound and look from a distance equally as peaceful.
About Ranelagh Beach
Swimming is not really recommended due to the number of rocks, however is considered safe during low waves and high tide. No matter when you swim here you need to be aware of the rocks, reefs and the rips when the waves are breaking. The beach is not patrolled.
Fisherman love to find on a spot on the rocks to throw in their lines. Whilst we were there scuba divers were enjoying the water.
5 Reasons to visit Ranelagh Beach
- Colourful Beach huts
- Minimal people
- Ranelagh Club Members Motor Boat Slipway
How to access Ranelagh Beach
There are a few of ways to access Ranelagh Beach which involve stairs to get down to the sand. We discovered the beach from Canadian Bay Car Park and found this to be a relatively easy walk:
- Canadian Beach Car Park, Mount Eliza
- Earimil Drive, Mount Eliza
- Moondah Beach, Mount Eliza
We loved Ranelagh Beach. The locals are friendly, minimal people, beautiful setting and the beach is so colourful with the 40 odd beach huts. If you love less crowded beaches, then this beach is for you to explore.
There are so many attractions nearby and beaches to explore. The Mornington Peninsula is full of beaches. Below are some of the nearby places we’ve explored:
- Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve
- Oliver’s Hill Lookout Point, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
- Edithvale – Seaford Wetlands, Victoria, Australia
- Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve, Frankston, Victoria
- Frankston Foreshore, Beach and Pier, Frankston, Victoria
- Frankston Street Art, Frankston, Victoria
Ranelagh Beach Location
- 20 Earimil Drive, Mount Eliza, Victoria 3930
- Approximately 55 km, 1 hr 15 mins from Melbourne CBD or
- Approximately 64 km, 57 mins from Melbourne CBD via freeway/tolls
- Approximately 8.7 km, 15 mins from Frankston Train Station
What attracts you to certain beaches? Have you discovered hidden gems or have favourite beaches that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear about them.