Discovering the Bright Charm of the Brighton Bathing Boxes

You’ve probably seen the vibrant, multi-coloured beach huts in Brighton that line the shore. This trendy beach is located in Melbourne City, where fashion and art are keywords of the moment.

Brighton Beach is the most recognised of Melbourne’s beaches, and it is the rainbow huts that make it so memorable. Not only is it the most popular seaside segment of the city, but it is also the wealthiest, where a bathing box will cost you a jaw-dropping $200,000. However, you have to be a bayside resident to even consider making a purchase (and even then, they’re thought of as lifestyle purchases).

The boxes themselves aren’t a new phenomenon. In fact, they were built more than 100 years ago in answer to Victorian notions of morality when it came to seaside bathing.

Colourful huts were set up so ladies could change into their swimwear in privacy, and they still retain their charm and classic architectural features to this very day. Made out of timber, weatherboards, and with corrugated iron roofs, they are a pretty edition to the sea views. In keeping with their century-old history, the boxes don’t have running water or electricity, keeping them a part of the city’s past.

However, despite the lack of amenities, the bathing boxes offer incredible views – an element that attracts visitors from all over the world. The bright line of huts offers a eye-popping contrast to the turquoise waters of the ocean, and the panoramic views out across Port Phillip Bay are second to none.

From the bathing boxes, you can marvel at views of Melbourne’s city skyline which is just 13km away.

Getting to the Brighton Bathing Boxes

If you’re travelling by train, you can hop on the Sandringham line from the central Flinders Street Station. The journey takes around 20 minutes, and you alight at the Brighton Beach Railway Station. From there, it is just a 500m walk through pretty scenery to the bathing boxes.

If you’re travelling by car, you can park close to the beach. The drive is again around 20 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.

For those travelling by bus, you’ll need to catch the 216 or the 219 bus from Melbourne’s Central Business District.

When you arrive at Brighton Beach, you can kick back and relax, soaking up the incredible views, tuck into a picnic, or snap some memorable photos of the eye-catching Bathing Boxes that have made the area so famous.

Visit the Brighton Bathing Boxes on our Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour with River Cruise.