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Chelsea: A Relaxed Beach Town Within Easy Distance Of Melbourne

Chelsea is a coastal suburb to the south of Melbourne, located 30 kilometres and 45 minutes from Melbourne's central business district. The suburb hugs the Port Philip Bay, making Chelsea Beach a very popular destination for beachgoers in the warmer months. Neighbouring suburbs include Chelsea Heights, Edithville, and Bonbeach.

The Chelsea train station, located on the Frankston railway line, puts all of Melbourne within easy reach. The neighbourhood is also serviced by regional buses, including a local SmartBus route. Holiday makers enjoy Chelsea for its relaxed, coastal atmosphere along with its public transit access and proximity to all of Melbourne's attractions.

Chelsea Accommodation

Chelsea holiday rentals have one primary focus in mind: the beach. You'll find rentals to be more open and spacious than more inner-city Melbourne accommodation. Beautiful views of the bay and sunny waterfront balconies are common, and most properties are within walking distance of Chelsea Beach. As an added benefit, most rentals are also within walking distance of Chelsea train station. Unlike the more historic sections of Melbourne, most housing in Chelsea was built after World War II and thus have a more modern vibe.

Spend Your Days At Chelsea Beach

Chelsea's main attraction is Chelsea Beach, home to over a kilometre of sand and surf. Its clean sand and clear, gorgeous waters make this beach one of the most popular in the Melbourne region. Chelsea Beach is also ideal for families with young children, as the waters are crystal-clear and shallow for quite a ways offshore. The beach also hosts the Chelsea Life Saving Club. Adults will appreciate the outdoor barbeques while the kids will enjoy the beach's popular playgrounds.

In And Around Chelsea

Transformed from its past use as atip site, Bicentennial Park is a must-visit while staying in Chelsea. This popular park boasts one of the best playgrounds in Australia, including two thrilling mound slides, sculptural gardens, and two sand pits. Below the slides, children can play in the life-sized Smurf-themed village, complete with giant mooing cow. Ride the Mount Chelsea Express train, swing on the giant basket swing, or hop on the climbing rope frame. Adults can take advantage of the picnic and barbeque areas while the kids burn out their energy on the playground.

There's also a wealth of cafes and restaurants to be found in Chelsea. You'll find a good-sized shopping strip on Nepean Highway, which also contains most of the neighbourhood's restaurants. Some of the best coffee in the suburb can be found at Cafe Opera, but be prepared to wait for your order. The Coffee Club and Apple and Mint are also top choices in the area.

If you're looking for a spectacular beach holiday that's still close to all Melbourne has to offer, you couldn't pick a better holiday destination than Chelsea.

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Would stay again. Although it is a bit west of the downtown core (ie Swanston St) there is a free

4 of 5
Would stay again. Although it is a bit west of the downtown core (ie Swanston St) there is a free tram almost at the front door. Kitchen could include a few extras such as a salad bowl, cheese grater, and some storage containers for left overs. Other than floor there is no shelving in the shower unit for shampoo, conditioner, razor, soap, etc. So if you have a bad back this could be an issue. Nice to be able to make a few meals and breakfasts. Bed was comfortable. Check-in process was smooth. Only got one key and fob which was a pain. Got stuck in the foyer for 30 min until my partner arrived. So would recommend 2 keys and fobs if more than one guest. Overall a very decent stay with just a few suggestions to be even better.
  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2018

We stayed for a week following long flights from the UK. Everything about our stay was brilliant.

5 of 5
We stayed for a week following long flights from the UK. Everything about our stay was brilliant. Our hosts were very friendly and helped us with directions and gave us the use of their travel cards which were very helpful as we used them to travel by train to the cricket and Australian Open Tennis. We arrived as guests and left as friends. The accommodation was very comfortable and well equipped. The bed in particular was just to our liking which was good as my wife and I are not good sleepers. Everything was also immaculately clean. I have no hesitation in recommending this property without reservation. You will not be disappointed.
  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2018