With the weather warming up, it’s time to start getting ready to hit the waves once again. The peninsula boasts some of Victoria’s top beaches for surfing or relaxing, so here are five that you should check out as summer approaches.

Mills Beach, Mornington

One of the best on the Peninsula. This is one of the safest and most family friendly beaches across the bay and is patrolled from 12pm-6pm. It’s a perfect spot to lay out a towel for the day, while knowing the kids are also being watched by the lifeguards. Located just east of Mornington Main Street, it’s the perfect summers day spot for a picnic lunch or to cool off in for an evening swim.

Gunnamatta Surf Beach, Fingal

One for the wave riders out there. Gunnamatta has some of the most dangerous surf across the Peninsula, however the swells can produce some of the best waves for surfing in Victoria. It’s patrolled from December 26th to January 26th so you can have some peace of mind going out into the rough waves that you are being kept safe. With plenty of facilities attached to the main car park, it’s also a popular fishing spot for locals and tourists alike.

Canadian Bay Beach, Mount Eliza

One of the Peninsula’s hidden gems. Canadian Bay Beach is located in a secluded spot off the main road in Mount Eliza. It provides fantastic views across to Melbourne and is the perfect spot for a paddleboard. It’s still quite a secret and only really known amongst the locals, so it’s a great spot to head if all the beaches are packed on a hot summer’s day.

Rye Beach, Rye

One of the easiest accessible beaches from the town centre. Located across the road from the main part of town, Rye beach gives tourists and locals the chance to enjoy beachfront living while also being within walking distance of their homes or motels. It’s a great place to stop for a few hours and relax on a trip from the city.

Point Leo Beach, Point Leo

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to learn how to surf, this is it. It’s a smaller swell and perfect for new surfers, and there is even a surf school located close by. Professional lifeguards patrol the same time as Gunnamatta, and this gives new surfers more confidence going into the water. It’s a great spot to catch a wave, or sit on a secluded beach with less tourists.