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Point Leo, Victoria

Updated on June 21, 2014
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

The Walk to the Beach
The Walk to the Beach | Source

Where is Point Leo?

Point Leo is on the south-western side of Western Port Bay and has one of the closest surf beaches to Melbourne, as it is only about 75 km away and can be reached quite quickly by Motorway and good roads, some of which have only recently been upgraded and completed. Point Leo is part of the Mornington Peninsula, well known as Victoria's favourite playground.

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Beautiful in both winter and summer and popular with surfers.

Looking Towards Flinders
Looking Towards Flinders | Source

Nearby Places to Visit

Point Leo, being about two thirds of the way down the Peninsula is a great place for a holiday as other popular places are never very far away, including Merricks and Flinders on Western Port, Arthur's Seat with its lovely views, Mount Eliza and Rosebud on Port Philip Bay, and right around from Rye to Sorrento with both Front' beaches on Port Philip Bay and 'Back' Beaches on Bass Strait on the narrow part of the Peninsula.

One of the nearby places to visit is historic Flinders with its picturesque Golf Course on the point that overlooks both Western Port Bay and Bass Strait.

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Happy Memories

I was staying with an old school friend whose holiday home was in Point Leo Road. We reminisced about how we had made the journey from there to Point Leo many years ago. We were three friends staying with her parents and family in the summer holidays and there was one bicycle between us, so we took it in turns to ride or run alongside up and down the hills to the beach. After a great time in the water, we made our way back for lunch the same way and arrived back hotter than we had been before our swim. Now we did it by car.

Looking Towards Bass Strait
Looking Towards Bass Strait | Source

Surf Beach

There are beaches all along the coast here, but Point Leo is in an especially good position to have large waves coming in from Bass Strait. Although it was winter and only about 12 deg. C. when we visited, there were surfers out enjoying the waves. We were well rugged up and enjoyed a brisk walk along the windswept beach.

Fishermen on the Bluff
Fishermen on the Bluff | Source

Point Leo Beach

Point Leo beach towards the north is edged by a cliff and rocks that are fun to explore, and are a favourite spot for fishing with surf rods.

There are also quite a variety of shells and driftwood to be found along the beach, especially after a storm, and as can be seen in the photos, there is a lot of seaweed in the winter.

The foreshore is mostly a series of unspoilt sand dunes covered with scrub and this provides a sheltered home for a variety of small birds; there is even a small creek that provides wild life with fresh water.

Permanent Population

My friend told me that although there are quite a few houses, the permanent population of Point Leo is less than two hundred, but it certainly expands in the summer holiday season.

Amenities

In times past there was no lifesaving club, boat club or general store. The beach was much wider and the place unspoiled. Now there is a lovely camping area, barbecue and picnic areas, and holiday houses are mushrooming, but there is also a fee to enter.

Point Leo Life Saving Club

During the summer the beach and the Life Saving Club are hives of busyness as volunteers man the lookout and various activities take place. The volunteers do wonderful work keeping watch over the holiday makers and rescuing those in difficulty.

Now it is winter, the Club is closed and only the hardy surfers venture into the water.

Point Leo Life-saving Lookout
Point Leo Life-saving Lookout | Source

Sunshine and Rainbow

As we went back to the car park, one of the surfers came up to us and told us how much he loved going down to Point Leo as often as possible. With almost all the holiday people gone, the rain had turned the grass a brilliant green that sparkled in the momentary sunlight. The sudden, sharp showers meant that much of our visit we had lovely views of a brilliant rainbow. We promised ourselves that we would return in the summer to enjoy those waves.

From the Car Park
From the Car Park | Source

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      tillsontitan: Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so sorry I've taken so long to respond, somehow I missed it before. Glad you enjoyed the 'trip.' Thank you for your votes, too.

      aesta1: I'm not surprised that you've not heard of the place. It's one of those little hidden corners that surprise around Australia, but when it is found, you don't really want to leave, it's so delightful. And, as you so rightly write, it's in easy reach of Melbourne and great for a day trip.

      peachpurple: That seaweed is great for the garden, once you get rid of the salt, although in the 'season' the beaches are cleared of seaweed for the holiday makers. I rather like it natural and in the quiet times. A lovely place to walk along the beach in all weathers. Thank you for your comments.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      looks like dried seaweeds drying up at the sea shore. Very quiet place to visit to relax

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is the first time I have heard of this place. It looks like a wonderful place to have a day retreat.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I love reading hubs about places I've never been, especially when they are so descriptive and have such lovely pictures. Thanks for the trip!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      aviannovice: It is, and that's what makes it so lovely. Lovely to hear from you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a most delightful, yet fairly well kept secret.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Genna East: Thank you for such lovely comments! I guess that in the tourist season visitors find all the bustle exciting, and I only like the sea in Victoria in the hottest parts of the summer, but these places have such a quiet, peaceful charm without the crowds.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I think their tourism would spike if many people were to read this inviting hub. What a beautiful pace to vacation. Thanks for sharing the memories, photos and info on this charming spot! :-)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      annart: It was lovely, even in the winter. It's different in the summer as the Mornington Peninsula really is Victoria's playground, so there are lots of people around and there are so many places and beaches that can be visited, including catching a ferry across to Philip Island in Western Port Bay or from Sorrento across to Queenscliff, which is on the northern Head of Port Phillip Bay. If you do come next Christmas, I hope you have a lovely time.

      Alise-Evon: Thank you for your comments, it's a pleasure to share.

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      Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Lovely photos and description of a part of your part of the world. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      What a lovely trip to make! I love Australia and would like to go back soon (possibly next Christmas). This area is one I haven't visited yet; it looks relatively unspoilt which is the sort of place I prefer.

      Thanks for the guided tour with superb photos. Ann

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: Yes, it is soft and gentle, except for those waves, and most relaxing. Lovely to hear from you.

      Anna Haven: It was lovely then, and it's still lovely, which can't be said for all places I revisit - and it does have happy memories. Thank you for your comments.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      This looks a lovely place and it must have been really nice to return to again after is was somewhere you had a lot of fun at when you were younger.

      Anna :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      a soft beautiful, relaxing, please blossoms thank you for sharing

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: Near the sea, the grass is greenest in winter. Up in the mountains it's different, because of the snow. Most grass in the summer is brown in much of Australia. Thanks you for sharing with me.

      old albion: Thank you so much for your lovely comments and votes. I, too, love that first view that leads me hurrying on to see the rest.

      sadstill22: It is, even in the chilly winter, and a great place to blow away the cobwebs.

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      Poca 3 years ago from Hubpages, My World

      looks like a beautiful place to rewind n relax

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Blossom. Absolutely beautiful photographs, with wonderful text. The first picture says it all, I want to walk through to the beach. Tip Top.

      voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful area Blossom. Amazing the grass is green in the winter. Thank's for sharing memories...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Jackie Lynnley: Thank you for your lovely comments.

      word55: It's a great place to swim - in the summer only, for me! When we were teenagers there were no lifesaving facilities there, but it didn't stop us. Now there's a good lookout for sharks and often it is monitored by planes overhead as well.

      FlourishAnyway: Yes, we have the same problem, but I guess it's what helps to make the world such an interesting place.

      thumbi7: It's my favourite, too, so thank you!

      literal: Well, with all that seaweed it doesn't look so beautiful at the moment, but that will be cleared away in the summer. The sand is clean, which I appreciate.

      srsddn: Yes, there are lovely beaches all along the coast there, in fact, as I was more or less brought up on the Peninsula, I love it there, and such a change from all the rush and bustle of the city.

      suzettenaples: It's so good to go and visit - even on a showery winter's day it has a charm that it's great to share.

      travmaj: Thank you! I'm the same. When I go to such places I wonder why I don't go more often. The wide open spaces of both landscapes and seascapes are so refreshing to the soul.

      MsDora: It is a place good, happy memories, and a pleasure to relive them. Thank you for your comments.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the information and the view of Point Leo. Certainly has good memories for you, and sharing them gives you opportunity to enjoy them over and over. Good read!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Lovely Blossom, you've shown Point Leo off beautifully. Haven't been for some time but it is indeed a stunning part of Victoria. Best wishes...

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Sounds like a heavenly place to swim and visit the beach. Lovely photos of the beach and water. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      blossomsb, Seems to be a beautiful place with lovely beaches. Thanks for sharing.

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      literal 3 years ago from Aotearoa

      Oz has beautiful beaches. Voted: thumbs up.

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Last picture is my favorite. So green and calm

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us. It's difficult to remember sometimes that our seasons are flipped with yours.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Ooh BlossomSB, I'd love to visit there. I'm a swimmer and love the water/beach as long as there are no sharks in it. Good resort, looks nice and serene!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful place and memories Blossom; thanks so much for sharing them! ^+