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6 best beaches to Swim and Surf in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff

One of the key reasons for staying with us at Lonsdale Palms, is easy access to the beaches in and around Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. We are ideally located for all types of swimming expectations: we have access to calmer waters as well as taking on the waves from the Southern Ocean.

Beaches in calmer waters

For an enjoyable family day out and safe swimming, we have 5 great options for you:

Springs Beach

Springs Beach is a calm little place to dip your toes, right at the end of Lawrence Road, at the north end of the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Reserve.

Car parking is right up on the beach but there is not much of it, so get in early if you want to come along.

This is another beach which is not patrolled, but due to its location around the corner of the point, the waters are calm and cool. A good little beach for the youngsters in your family.

Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 1 minute

Walking Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 10 minutes

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Narrows Beach

Narrows beach is a dog friendly beach. Since Lonsdale Palms is dog-friendly accommodation, you are able to bring your pet here to run off-lead.

Located between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, just look for the Narrows Beach bus stop. Lovers Walk begins here and there is wonderful park land and reserves before you hit the beach proper.

This beach has no facilities, such as toilets or lifeguard. However, you can finish your walk with a trip into Queenscliff for a coffee and cake! Why not.

Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 1 minute

Walking Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 11 minutes

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Queenscliff Pier Beach

A short drive up the Bellarine Highway is Queenscliff Pier Beach. With the delightful town of Queenscliff behind it, perfect for shopping and grabbing a light lunch, this beach is safe beach to swim at.

The beach is low and flat with a wide and continuous sand bar out from the beach. This means there are no dangerous rips.

You have public toilets and facilities here, however the beach is not patrolled during the summer, so keep an eye on your kids.

Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 6 minutes

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Santa Casa Beach

Further along the spit is a long grassy reserve. Lovers Walk meanders through there, you have camping grounds and picnic areas, and the beach of Lonsdale Bay- Santa Casa.

This is a lifeguard patrolled beach during the summer months, thanks to the popularity of this beach. Camping and holiday homes means the summer population is buzzing.

During calm weather the swimming is delightful with wide shallow waves. During winter time, if the weather is right, the swell can pick up a bit with a right hand break that runs all the way to Front Beach.

It is worth the drive for this beach, with both picnic and camping, beach swimming fun, and the town behind you. You can watch for ships navigating the heads into Port Phillip Bay.

Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 3 minutes

Walking Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 30 minutes (you can stroll along the beach itself)

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Point Lonsdale Front Beach

A feature here is the great childrens play equipment on the water front. There is also now four fabulous adult exercise stations – if people want a more serious workout or missing their gym sessions.

Point Lonsdale Front Beach is part of the Point Lonsdale Foreshore. It is a pleasant sanctuary to have a swim in the gentle surf.

This is a low beach break surf beach. Just enough swell to have some fun in. In the winter time there can be large swells which hook around the lighthouse and roll in, right hander breaks which run over the reef at Front Beach.

Front Beach is a wonderful place to lay back and enjoy the serenity. Shops run along the foreshore so you could easily pack yourself a picnic to have on the beach while the children played in the playground.

There is street parking, which is free, but be quick as they fill up quickly on holidays and weekends.

For more information about the playground and BBQs at Point Lonsdale Foreshore, click here.

Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 2 minutes

Walking Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 22 minutes

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The best beach for surfing

If you want to take of the waves from the Southern Ocean, there is only one beach worth going to!

Point Lonsdale Back Beach

Just around the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, is the ‘Back Beach’, or ‘surf beach’. The Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club (https://www.plslsc.com.au/ ) is located here, so this beach is patrolled during the summer months.

You can swim here but it can be tricky. There are moderate waves, some rocks, a reef and a shifting rip. Hence the Surf Lifesaving patrols. This is a place where you need to swim between the flags.

The surf here is quite regular, but best with northerly wind and mid to high tide swell.

Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 5 minutes

Walking Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 30 minutes

Google Map directions: click here

When you stay at Lonsdale Palms Accommodation, we hope you have the time to visit one of our beautiful beaches. We hope this quick guide to our favourite swimming beaches around town help you choose a place to swim, or relax.

Enjoy your time in the Bellarine Peninsula!