Williamstown Beach is probably the best beach in Metropolitan Melbourne. It’s big (550 metres long), pretty clean, and well serviced, with lots of cafes and a train station nearby, and great car access. The Williamstown beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street.
The foreshore reserve at the eastern end contains the Anglers’ Club, the pier, a park, a car park, and a picnic area.
The Williamstown Swimming and Surf Lifesaving Club is located on the western end, near the baths. It’s a great spot for little kiddies at low tide, when the waters are fairly shallow to around 100 metres out. Stick to the western end, where it’s safest to swim with patrolling life savers and shallow waters.
Surfing is possible when there is a south-westerly wind and waves.
The best locations for landing a fish are the eastern pier and the rocks at either end of the beach, as they provide the best access to deep water.
A large number of cafes – and ice cream shops – are found on the Esplanade, so you can take your pick of all kinds of cuisine. Grab a take-away meal and eat it on the foreshore, or in one of several beautiful reserves. The parklands along the Esplanade have a playgound, rotunda, picnic benches and a public toilet, as well as an information centre.
There is formal parking provided for 250 cars.