A visit to Altona Beach makes a great day out for the whole family. The beach runs parallel to the Esplanade, just 500 metres south of Altona Train Station.
The Altona Lifesaving Club, just east of the pier, patrols a bathing (and ‘no boating’) zone that extends for 200 metres east of the pier, making the beach a good choice for swimming. The water is very calm and shallow for a long distance out to sea, so even very little swimmers can enjoy the water safely. The long pier provides a great shade structure on very sunny days. The bonus is that the shallow waters heat up quickly in the sun! There is even an outdoor shower facility at the Altona Lifesaving Club building for rinsing off before jumping back in the car.
There are picnic areas in the foreshore reserves at either end of the beach, including tables and seats, toilets, barbecues, and numerous drinking fountains. There’s also a playground and a park (R J Logan Reserve) with lovely, shady trees and grass. The nearby Coles Supermarket is handy if you forget something, and numerous cafes and take-away shops, including fish and chips, will make you a delicious lunch to eat in the park. The ice-cream shop (Altona Beach Bites) at 137 Esplanade provides a classic beach treat, and often has a line extending out the door and down the street.
Bring a line and some bait and show the kids how to catch a fish off the 500-metre long pier (directly at the end of Pier Street). They might get more than they bargained for and land a large sand crab, which is sure to cause much squealing and excitement!
There are car spaces all along the beach on the Esplanade, as well as a formal car park with 100 spaces.
The nearby ‘Dog Beach’ – a shallow, expansive beach – is a favourite for my two furry friends, a short drive east from the main beach. This one is not as good for human swimmers, but the dogs will have a ball!