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Jan Juc Beach is quite easy on the eye, and is a great spot for swimming, surfing and fishing. The quality of the waves is up and down, but you can be assured of a crowd on weekends and public holidays. Prime conditions occur with a south-westerly swell and north-westerly wind. If you do not feel like surfing, sit back and soak up this scenic spot because it is a beautiful beach to enjoy in its own right.
Learning to surf can be very intimidating. However, Point Impossible Surf Beach, despite its name, is a good place to start out in the sport, mainly because of the right hand reef break that offers a gentle ride to learn the finer points. There are two breaks here: the learner friendly wave called the Insides, and the slightly bigger waves called the Outsides. Best conditions can be found with a south-westerly swell and north-westerly wind on a low tide. Beware of the crowds during the summer. Stay clear of the rocks!
13th Beach has a range of left and right-hander breaks with powerful and popular waves. As it is only a short drive from Melbourne and Victoria's second largest city, Geelong, quite a crowd gathers here in summer. One section, known as 'The Hole' can be quite dangerous on low tide when rocks become a problem, while The Beacon has less power but is safer.
The best waves are often found to the west of the surf lifesaving club. Beware though, the rips here are very dangerous, as former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt found out in the 1960s, when he disappeared while taking a dip. If you can get there on mid-tide and there is a south-westerly swell with a north-easterly wind, you will find yourself in some pretty good conditions. The beach is quite long, but also very popular with holiday-makers. If the area near the surf club is too busy, a short walk will bring you to a less crowded spot.
This Mornington Peninsula surf beach is as good as it gets! When you arrive, park your car, face the ocean and head for the right hand side of the car park. It is here that the best break can be found. One thing to bear in mind is that locals run regular competitions, so you may be forced to wait until they are finished before getting into the sections that you want.
Gunnamatta is one of the closest surf beaches to Melbourne, but it is not for the novice surfer. It can sometimes be treacherous, so make sure you ask around in the area and check the conditions thoroughly if you are unsure about going in. While best conditions come with a southwesterly swell and northeast wind, rips here can be dangerous. A kiosk is open during school holiday periods to help restore your energy after a solid session in the water.
Named after Mornington in Ireland, this Peninsula is Melbourne's summer playground, being just over an hour's drive from the city suburbs. The greatest draw is the cluster of Peninsula's beaches-both safe family beaches and wilder rugged beaches. The limestone lighthouse, rugged cliffs, secluded beaches and tea tree forests of the Mornington Peninsula National Park also tempt many people. Inland are the rural towns of Red Hill, Balnarring and Langwarrin, which herald quiet dairy farms and bustling country markets. The naval establishment at HMAS Cerberus is located at another sleepy hollow, Hastings. There are plenty of accommodation options in the seaside resort towns of Frankston and Mornington.