Brighton Beach: Best Tips for Your Vacation

Megan on bue and red box at Brighton Beach

Ever get tired of carrying your stuff back to the car after a long beach day when you’ve got a bad case of the sun-sleepies? Well, the Australians got it right when they built these suuuper cute bathing boxes for that purpose on Brighton Beach.

Locals own these boxes for the not-so-small investment of close to HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. So let’s just start by saying they are PRIME real estate!

Megan on bue and red box at Brighton Beach
Megan on pink and grey box at Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach boxes via drone
Each house is decorated differently by the owner. No two are alike! Arial image courtesy of Unsplash


251 Esplanade, Brighton, Bayside, Victoria 3186, Australia

Walking along the sand, you’ll notice that each bathing box has it’s own unique character, paint job, and amenities. Some use their boxes to store sand toys, surfboards, and sun chairs, while others have made their boxes into tiny homes with electricity, running water, and mini kitchens!

If you get there on a sunny day, you’ll probably see locals begin to come down at about 10AM to open their boxes so you can peek inside.


My friend Bri and I took the train from our hostel in Melbourne Central Station for about $15 round-trip and stayed in the area all day.

We exited the train at the Middle Brighton train station and walked for about 10 minutes to get to the correct beach.

You’re welcome to explore the outside of any of the boxes, but don’t be nosy and go inside someone’s box. That’s just creepy.

If you’re traveling solo, no worries! There are lots of other very nice tourists and even locals here that will help take photos of you.

Once you’ve had your fill of sun, it’s about a 25 minute walk into the rest of Brighton, so in hindsight, we should have just planned to take an Uber… but if you really want to, it is still a really pretty walk to take!

Melbourne skyline from St. Kilda
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Can you spot the 2 penguins?

Nearby Activities

You can even go a little further up to St. Kilda (~ 10 minute drive) to see the penguins. Every evening after sundown, they return to their homes in the rocks.

During the summer, you can thrill seek at Luna Park Melbourne nearby. Full of rides for all ages and roller coaster views that overlook the ocean and Melbourne skyline.

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