Enough space to feel marooned on a remote island, these are the secret beaches in Victoria.

8 Killarney Beach

Where is it?
Killarney Beach is near Port Fairy, around 380km west of Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road.

Why you’ll love it:
The offshore reef makes this a nice calm spot for kids, and there’s a camping reserve right behind the dunes. It’s also great for fishing.

The details:
For caravan and camping options, go to portfairycaravanparks.com.

9 Kitty Miller Bay

Where is it?
You’ll find the beach off Kitty Miller Rd, on the south-western side of Phillip Island. Phillip Island is 140km south-east of Melbourne (a 90-minute drive).

Why you’ll love it:
This secluded cove at the base of an extinct volcano not only has great surf, but it boasts that windswept and interesting, rugged appeal you look for in a Victorian beach (well, more northerly Australian dwellers might, anyway). Strong rips and the odd shark sighting mean surfers should take care, and swimmers should look elsewhere for a dip. Go beachcombing instead. Also keep an eye out for the shipwrecked remains of the SS Speke at low tide.

The details:
For information about Phillip Island and accommodation options, go to www.visitphillipisland.com.

10 Golden Beach

Where is it?
Golden Beach is near Sale, 252km from Melbourne, and is just one of the delightful spots along Ninety Mile Beach – which is, of course, 90 miles (or 145km to anyone gen-X and younger) of golden sand and rolling surf that stretches almost the entire length of Gippsland from Port Albert, near Yarram, north to Lakes Entrance.

Why you’ll love it:
You could find a spot to yourself anywhere along Ninety Mile Beach, but we rate Golden Beach for its great ocean fishing, surfing and wildlife. Be prepared to see heaps of kangaroos, native birds and even emus and echidnas – the reputed recluses of the animal kingdom – from the coastal tracks around here. There’s a huge fishing competition here on the Australia Day long weekend, when the secret gets out, so it’s best to come at another time to appreciate its seclusion.

The details:
For information about Ninety Mile Beach National Park, go to parkweb.vic.gov.au. For more general information and accommodation options, go to visitvictoria.com.

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