8.2 out of 10

St Andrews Beach

Ranked 216th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-38.4201689049956 144.828591960842
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 30, 2017

"PEACE AND QUIET"

This place is so pure and pristine in every way, abundance of trees, wildlife and clean ocean. Even in peak season, it is peaceful and private.
Pros
  • Beautiful, rugged beach
  • Close to Peninsula attractions but hidden away
  • Private & quiet
Cons
  • Distance to private secondary schools (45 mins on bus)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Suburb for the active"

An area that caters to active, sports orientated people. For the golfing fraternity there is the world class St Andrews Beach Golf Club that offers an interesting and challenging 18 hole course with long fairways and one of the most picture perfect outlooks on offer. Close by are a number of other great courses that include Moonah Links, The Dunes and Eagle Ridge. Equestrian followers will love Gunnamatta Trail Rides with their exclusive beach rides, Boneo Park Equestrian Centre around the corner or even the opportunity to join the team at Horseback Winery Tours for a unique fun filled afternoon checking out a few of the local vintages. Of course it goes without saying that St Andrews Beach is the true surfing hot spot of the Mornington Peninsula. With a vast array of amazing surf beaches. The coastline is dotted with National Parks with endless walking tracks offering breathtaking views around every corner as well as a huge collection of flora and fauna for your enjoyment. Living at St Andrews Beach is as varied as the activities on offer. Multi million dollar cliff top mansions share this wonderful location with regular homes and quaint beach/holiday houses. A quick trip to the local shops will give you all the goodies you need for your picnic or casual dinner as well as a beverage or two. The St Andrews Beach Recreation Centre is the Community Hub with newly refurbished Tennis Courts, Petanque Court, kiddies playground and Community Hall. The world tends to turn a little slower at St Andrews Beach. Sit back and enjoy life to the fullest.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
2yrs+

"Great for a holiday or if you are retired"

Heard alot of great things about St Andrews beach, and yep it would be great if you dont have to work or want a holiday. Public transport is limited, neighbours are noisy and too far out from the basic things. Forget about great internet, it doesnt happen even with telstra.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
Pat555
Pat555 I have to disagree, you must have had a bad experience in your specific location. I have lived here for 8 years and yes public transport is limited but there is a bus that runs every hour or so (though I never see anyone catching it). I never hear any neighbours at all, just the sound of the surf - perhaps you are living near a holiday rental property which could be problematic. In most parts of the Peninsula you have to expect to drive to get to shops and other services.
And as far as internet goes - I work in IT and am happy with the internet compared to other parts of the Peninsula. I have ADSL and get about 6 - 7 MBps. The problem is because the NBN has been proposed Telstra won't upgrade any local network infrastructure but the NBN isn't going to come through here for at least a few years. I can tell you that the problem is widespread over the Peninsula including all of the Rye back beach area, Safety Beach and large parts of Rosebud and Mount Martha to name a few. Telstra are pushing their wireless 4G option as the alternative until the NBN comes through instead of adding more ports to the local exchanges. If you want to complain about it I suggest you write to Senator Stephen Conroy like I did. Our federeal member Greg Hunt has been doing what he can as well.
It's a shame that you don't like the area, I find it a great place to live.
2yrs+
Mcboring
Mcboring Very well said Pat555.
It sounds as though you have had a negative experience with neighbours etc.
2yrs+
Pat555
Pat555 Just as an update to the above, Telstra upgraded the ADSL infrastructure in the area about 18 months ago and I now get 16-17Mbs download speed on ADSL2+. This is as good as anywhere if you are not on the NBN.
2yrs+
Mcboring
Mcboring What plan are you on because Telstra can only offer me 25GB on the broadband wireless 4G advanced & cradle? Still it keeps dropping out!!
2yrs+
Pat555
Pat555 We are on the XL bundle (https://www.telstra.com.au/bundles) but we use a lot of data. If you type your address in at that link it will tell you if ADSL is available in your area. You can also ring Bigpond on 137-663 and ask if ADSL2+ is available at your address. And if you need further help, just call The Techo (www.thetecho.com.au) - that's me :-)
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Private & Tranquil"

We did the sea-change from Melbourne 10 years ago, and have lived in St Andrews Beach for the past six years. People often think it's too far away from the action and the shops, but that is one of its best features. It's a seven minute drive to the main street in Rye, 10 minutes to Rosebud or Blairgowrie and 13 minutes to Sorrento. There is a local general store that has all the necessities and the take-away food, bakery and bottle shop at Rye back beach are only a five minute drive away.
So if you want to go to the shops, restaurants and pubs in Rye or Sorrento, it's a quick drive or cheap taxi fare, but if you want to escape the madding crowd you just head home to your little oasis where the only sounds you usually hear are the pounding of the surf and the singing of the birds. You also take the back roads to get here, so you don't get stuck in all the traffic on the highway during summer if you are coming down from Melbourne.
We have four young children and the local pre-schools, primary schools and health services are excellent. The Peninsula is an idyllic place for kids to grow up, where a typical weekend might involve going sailing with other kids at the local yacht club, playing at the beach, going for a bush walk to see the kangaroos or visiting one of the myriad tourist attractions in the area.
During the busy summer months when Rye and Sorrento are crazy, you hardly notice the difference around here other than a few more holiday houses being occupied and a few more people at the local beach. Even at the height of summer you will still often have the whole beach to yourself, aside from a few surfers or maybe someone fishing or walking their dog.
The rock pools are great fun to explore and a safe place for the kids to to cool down on a hot summer day.
For the adults, sitting on the beach in the evening with a bottle of wine watching the rugged surf in front of you, the lighthouse atop the cliffs of Cape Schanck to your left and the pinky-purplish hue of the sun setting over the water to your right is pretty hard to beat.
St Andrews Beach is a great place to live and raise a family or the perfect escape from a busy life in Melbourne. It's exclusive but not well-known, some expensive homes and cutting-edge architecture, good for celebs - low-key and anonymous.
I love living in a place where on most days when I drive down the street I'll pass a local surfer in his wetsuit with his board under his arm, or maybe a girl riding her horse along the side of the road - it sure beats the suburbs of Melbourne for me!
Pros
  • Beautiful, rugged beach
  • Private & quiet
  • Close to Peninsula attractions but hidden away
Cons
  • Distance to private secondary schools (45 mins on bus)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
LizzieG
LizzieG Great review! Where do you recommend sending your kids once they hit secondary school?
2yrs+
Pat555
Pat555 Hi Lizzie, my two oldest children attend Balcombe Grammar School in Mount Martha - it's a great school. We drop them down to Point Nepean Road each morning where they catch the bus and we pick them up at the Rye shops each afternoon. It works great!
2yrs+
LizzieG
LizzieG Thanks! It is great to know that it's that convenient
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"SERENITY AT ITS BEST"

This is the most beautiful place I have ever visited. Peaceful & serene, unspoilt and totally gorgeous.
Amazing architecture complements the rugged dune environment.
Friendly people without being obtrusive.
The beach is to die for and the ocean views are magnificent.
Will be back again.
Pros
  • Beautiful, rugged beach
  • Close to Peninsula attractions but hidden away
  • Private & quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Sensational views"

Views are to die for. Have had a better time holidaying here than Portsea. Beautiful architectural homes and surf is great.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Yab Yab
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic spot, great beaches, great people."

One of the best places in Australia. Great surf beaches, laid back people, brilliant place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"if u love ocean beaches and quiet this is the life"

Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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