As the glowing sun sinks into Port Phillip Bay, the water shimmers with the reflections of the blues, oranges and pinks that fill the sky. With hundreds of viewing spots from sitting on the beach to picnicking on the top of a cliff, the always-surprising Bayside sunsets can become addictive.
A favourite spot to see the sunset and Melbourne’s skyline is the North Road Reserve. With a kiosk, a pirate-ship playground and expanses of grass, it’s a perfect spot for a twilight picnic. Or there are sea-facing benches, a short jetty, tiny beaches and the Coastal Trail seawall path.
The car park’s at the end of North Road, and there’s also boat parking and a launching ramp if you want to see the sunset from the water.
For more amazing views of the skyline and the sunset, head down The Esplanade, walk or ride along Coastal Trail, or catch the train to Brighton Beach to the Norfolk Island pines of Green Point, the Brighton Beach Gardens.
There’s plenty of parking and if you don’t want to stay in the gardens, there are beaches and walking paths on either side and it’s only a short walk through the reserve or along the beach to the famous bathing boxes.
The next sunset stop is Hampton where there are picnic tables, barbeques, palm trees on the grass and a sheltered pavilion in Ferdinando Gardens. Grab a front-row sunset seat along the seawall path, on watch from the sandy beach or from the water on a hot calm night.
There’s street parking along Beach Road or it’s a short walk from the Hampton train station, where there are restaurants and cafes.
Sandringham’s foreshore gardens have palm and native trees, barbeques, a playground and the magnificent 1926 Band Rotunda with unrivalled views of the bay. Or walk north or south along the Costal Trail to find a private patch of grass or a quiet beach spot under the cliffs or by the seawall path.
There’s car parking or it’s a very short walk from the Sandringham train station (the last train stop) that’s close to takeaway fish and chips and restaurants
Heading south, the next unforgettable viewing spots are at Black Rock. With easy parking, there are grassy picnic areas, tables, barbeques and a playground. Or head down to the beach to find a spot in the sand or walk along the seawall path that goes all the way to the next beach.
The Ricketts Point rock pools look magnificent as the sun dips into the bay. There’s easy parking off Beach Road and you can watch from the beach or a picnic table or discover your favourite spot along the Coastal Trail.