Portsea Back Beach
Portsea Back Beach
4
About
Broad expanse of beach with good surfing waves, but dangerous rip tides (Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared swimming here in 1967).
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience Portsea Back Beach and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles68 reviews
Excellent
27
Very good
31
Average
9
Poor
1
Terrible
0

306Jenny306
Hamburg, Germany37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Just the place for a wonderful, uncrowded walk. Best at low tide when you can walk on firm ground alongside the waves which usually crash onto the shore. There’s a surf life saving club near the middle car park. If you want solitude this is the beach. I would have to be brave to swim there, a definite between the flags experience!
Written 25 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
Portsea Back Beach is located on the ocean side of the Mornington Peninsula. The water is often rough, and it is recommended for experienced swimmers and surfers. In the summer season, it is patrolled by the surf life saving club. The beach can be accessed from Back Beach Road. The beach is close to the point where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared at sea in 1967, presumably drowned.
Written 26 August 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Portsea Back Beach is on the ocean side of the Mornington Peninsula. It is a popular beach, but it is best for experienced swimmers and surfers. The surf life saving club performs more rescues here than any other club. It's wise to watch for rips and swim between the flags. For surfers, waves are consistent all year round. Although it is a popular beach, especially in summer, Portsea Back Beach should be treated with caution. By the way, PM Harold Holt was lost at sea near here.
Written 13 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DShalders
Glen Waverley, Australia3,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Well a beach is a beach but this one reminds me of 90 mile beach in Gippsland, with long sweeping beaches right around the coast. We were here in spring and it was very rough but the kids 14,12,8 still got in and body surfed. If the winds not up it’s very peaceful with plenty of foreshore walks through the dunes.

For a more sheltered swimming hole for smaller kids I’d recommend around near London bridge with its rock pools.
Written 7 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,701 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have been to this beach many a time since I was in my 20s, mostly to walk, photograph or wellbeing meditation. This time it was to photograph.

There are a few levels of carparks, which are free, but time limited. There are picnic tables facing out over the bay in some areas and there are public toilets on different levels.

As you walk down the many stairs to reach the beach you will find the Portsea Surf Club. Handy to know this incase you need help.

There ware walking tracks that lead to the Sphinx Rock and to London Bridge, just to name a few.

TIPS:
Wearing sturdy walking shoes and taking a pair of flip flops / thongs in your bag to sway into.
Sunscreen and a hat is a must [our sun is harsh no matter the time of year]
Layering of clothes [including bathers if you are inclined to swim]
Water and snacks
**Read the signs in regards to swimming and how long you can park
**Be vigilant of local wildlife
Time of day to visits depends on you and the parking restrictions

Worth a visit now that restrictions are slowly being lifted. [Review written in May]
Written 17 May 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aaron
Caulfield, Australia5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Good for a walk as it is a lovely beach. But it can be very dangerous if you are not familiar with rip tides.
Written 15 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The day we saw Portsea Back Beach, the surf was pretty wild. I think that you would want to be an extremely strong swimmer to swim here. This was the place near here where Harold Holt (the Prime Minister of Australia in 1967) disappeared, presumed drowned in rough conditions. It is known for rips and strong surf. It is a beautiful piece of rugged coastline but I was happy to admire it from the lookout.
Written 27 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kawkawa
Vernon, Canada563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Great spot for taking some spectacular photos and for playing on the beach or walking in good weather... surf can be substantial on the right day... check it out when on the Mornington Pennisula
Written 13 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Traveller
Melbourne, Australia17,413 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
My wife and I visited this place in conjunction with a visit to London Bridge, Portsea (closeby). The scenery is nice. The sea waves are very strong here. Sandy beach for a pleasant stroll.
Written 29 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brian S
Meaford, Canada665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
In the two hours we spent walking the beach, we saw one other couple. This is a beautiful wild place and a great setting for great photos. The surf was impressive. The rock formations and sand dunes were beautiful. The sand is fairly soft and so any walk on the beach is going to provide an opportunity for a decent workout. The walk down to the beach from the parking lot will also get your heart going. Take lots of water and maintain vigilance for rogue waves.
Written 7 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 64
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Portsea Back Beach - All You MUST Know Before You Go (2024)

All things to do in Portsea
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars