Mothers Beach in Mornington is popular with mums (and dads) because of its sheltered harbour, spectacular views, clear water, and its level sandy beach. The
headland and the Mornington marina at the western end of the beach serve to protect the beach from any waves and wind. As a result, a sandbar has formed
that provides shallow entry to the water for crawlers and toddlers alike.
Above: Panorama of Mothers Beach. Note how the harbour protects the southern end of the beach from waves.
The best time to visit is when the tide is out and kids can dig in and run
around on the sandbar without getting wet. At high tide the water is still shallow and remains suitable for all ages. If you have a pram or pusher, access to the beach is easiest from the western end near the marina - the access path in
the middle of the beach has about two dozen steps at the end that you would need to carry a pram over.
The eastern end of the beach has
rocks in the water, so is only suitable for older kids and adults, and also try to avoid swimming near the stormwater drain outlet right next to the stone
Above: Count the toddlers if you can, plus plenty of mothers and even a watchful dad
Mothers were well represented when I visited on a warm day in March, as you can see in the photos below, but I also saw plenty of couples, families,
dads, grandparents and teenagers. Everyone can enjoy the views of the harbour and the sandstone cliffs that frame this beautiful spot. The firm,
flat sand makes it easy to stroll from one end of the beach to the other.
Above: A toddler's eye view from the edge of the water looking out towards the boats moored in the harbour
Apart from playing at the water's edge there are quite a few different activities on offer here. Canoe and boat hire is available from the shed
half way along the beach. There is a playground in the park at the top of the hill and you can grab some fish and chips from the cafe next to the main pier.
I also saw a few young boys fishing off one of the piers and people snorkeling in the water.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington, Melbourne, 69 km (approx. 1 hr drive) south of the Melbourne CBD
Getting there: By car, travel along Nepean Hwy and turn into Main Street (C782) at Mornington. Follow Main Street
for 1.7 km to the very end. At the last roundabout, continue straight through to Schnapper Point Drive. The beach is directly below
Schnapper Point Drive. Parking is available near the roundabout (on The Esplanade) and along Schnapper Point Drive.
General facilities: Public toilets and change rooms with showers, benches, picnic tables, car park, rubbish bins,
cafe, restaurant, boat ramp, boat and canoe hire, playground (up the hill)
Baby change facilities: Yes
Sun shade: No shade on the beach. Limited shade available under the cypress trees at the back of the beach.
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: No alcohol, no fires, no camping, no littering, no motorbikes, no tree felling, no model aeroplanes,
no horse riding, no dogs from 9am to 7pm during daylight savings, clean up after your dog, secure your beach umbrella, no taking of shellfish.
Managing authority: Mornington Peninsula Shire
Nearby attractions: The playground at the top of the hill.
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
The marker indicates the location of the beach.
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