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When it comes to enjoying the perfect picnic in summer, it's hard to look past the beach for a romantic date or get-together with friends - especially when the Melbourne sun is shining! So pack the cooler bag, the sunscreen and some picnic games and choose one of the best beach picnic spots in Melbourne to lap up the sunshine.

Top tip: if you're after a quieter experience, opt for an evening picnic to avoid the hustle and bustle!

1. St Kilda Beach

Located just a stone's throw away from the CBD, St Kilda Beach is a popular destination for picnic-goers. Look for a spot on the foreshore with a view of the pier and dine with the backdrop of kite surfers riding the waves. If you're after something a little quieter but still close to the beach, check out Catani Gardens nearby. You'll get some great views but in a quieter setting!.

2. Brighton Beach

Known for its colorful bathing boxes, Brighton Beach offers a unique picnic experience. Spread out your blanket beside the vibrant boxes and soak in the stunning views of the bay. It's a great spot for capturing memorable photos and enjoying a relaxed meal with good company. 

3. Hampton Beach

Just next door to Brighton, you'll find Hampton Beach, a well-kept secret amongst locals. With around 900 metres of beautiful sand, there's ample room to lay out your picnic mat and linger over your packed goodies. Look for the grassy nooks located just behind the beach - the perfect spot for a picnic.

4. Half Moon Bay

For those looking to escape the crowds, Half Moon Bay in Black Rock is a hidden gem. It boasts a crescent-shaped sandy beach and a peaceful ambiance, making it an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. Enjoy a meal while watching sailboats on the horizon and exploring the nearby rock pools.

5. Sorrento Back Beach

If you're willing to venture a bit further from Melbourne (make sure you pack the cooler bag), Sorrento Back Beach on the Mornington Peninsula is well worth the drive. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and rugged coastal scenery, this beach provides a spectacular backdrop for a picnic. 

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