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If you’re on your way to Brighton for the holidays and are planning out what to do, this article is for you! Brighton is home to one of the most famous attractions in Melbourne: the Brighton Bathing Boxes, which are colourful bath boxes that can be found on Brighton Beach. 

However, the fun doesn’t stop there. Brighton is home to a number of other sights and sounds, and we’ll be taking a look at some of the most exciting things to do on your visit. 

Ride The Waves In Luxury

When you go to Brighton, it’s natural for seaside activities to be the first thing that comes to mind. Your first instinct may be to lounge in the sun or go for a quick dip in the ocean, but you might not be aware that riding luxury catamarans on Brighton’s blue waters is an extremely common, and fun, tourist activity. 

Depending on your budget and how often you plan to come, you can choose to purchase your own catamaran or rent one for a period of time. Renting a catamaran or even a private yacht charter is a luxurious experience and often comes with butler services as you explore Port Phillip Bay. 

Other Ocean Activities

If a luxury yacht or catamaran is out of your budget, another option to consider is to hire a sailboard, jetski, or stand-up paddleboard. 

Piloting a sailboard or other kinds of small boats requires an extensive understanding of wind patterns and boating laws, not to mention skippering skills and a lot of balance. If you’re new to sailing, you can take private lessons. Renting your own boat is great if you want to explore further out to sea. 

An option that requires less experience is jet skiing. You can hire an instructor or rent/buy a jetski and go off on your own. To do this, you’ll need a motorboat licence, which can be acquired in advance and isn’t too difficult to attain. 

Another sea-based activity that is commonly practised on Brighton Beach is stand-up paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is fairly easy to learn on your own, with balancing skills and arm strength being the main barriers to entry. If you’re like many people and don’t have the best sense of balance, you can always choose to sit down!

The last option to consider when exploring the bay is a snorkelling tour. These may be conducted off a speedboat or straight from the shore. Snorkelling allows you to explore the beautiful wildlife in Brighton, including stingrays, different species of colourful fish and a vast array of corals. 

Land-Based Activities

If the weather turns sour, as can sometimes happen in Brighton, or you’re just not a fan of the sea, don’t fret. While Brighton is known for its sprawling beach, there are plenty of land-based activities to explore in the area. 

If you’re up for some shopping, head to Church Street, which is home to all the best shops in Brighton. Church Street is home to both everyday brands that you see in shopping malls and specialty stores. You’ll also find many big-name luxury brands there. There’s even a small cinema on Church Street if you want to kick back and relax after all that shopping. 

The more creative types will be drawn to the vast array of art exhibitions that are constantly on show in Brighton. Most of them can be found at the Brighton Art Gallery, which showcases art from both local and international artists.

If you’re looking for something more active to do, there are plenty of pretty golf courses in the Brighton area. These golf courses stay well-maintained year-round. 

Historical Sightseeing

For sightseeing in the Brighton area, it’s hard to beat the Brighton Bathing Boxes, which you’ll find along Brighton Beach. They’re a neat row of colourful houses that make for cute backgrounds for an Instagram post. 

You’ll also be thrilled to discover that there’s much more to Brighton than the Bathing Boxes. Bayside, which is where the suburb of Brighton is located, is home to many historically significant buildings. These include the Kamesburgh Gardens, which were built back in 1874, and the Billilla Mansion, a beautiful homestead that was established in 1878.

Delicious Delights

If you’re feeling peckish after all that exploring, Brighton has restaurants with some of the best views and food in all of Melbourne. From beachside eateries with views of the sea to fine dining restaurants on Church Street, you won’t run out of new places to try, no matter how many times you visit. 

At Brighton, you’ll also find cuisines from all over the world represented. Whether you’re looking for a sushi bar or for delicious Italian cuisine, Brighton is the place to be. If you’re looking for something beach-themed, there are places that offer mouth-watering fish and chips. 

If you’re not too hungry and just want a small snack, Brighton has places that offer that, too. When you’re in the area, there’s no excuse not to eat well. 

In this article, we’ve gone over some of the best things to do and places to visit in Brighton. If it’s gotten you excited about your upcoming trip, we can’t blame you: Brighton is one of the places to visit in Melbourne. 

If you haven’t yet planned your trip, what are you waiting for? Make your itinerary and book your tickets now!

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