Mentone Beach forms the northern boundary of the 20 km long stretch of beach that extends from Frankston to the bluffs at Mentone. The beach is backed by Beach Road and 20 m high bluffs. The once bare and eroding bluffs were the subject of some famous paintings by Charles Condor and Tom Roberts. Today the bluffs have been stabilised and vegetated, and a seawall runs along their base, topped by a promenade. In addition, the beach was nourished with sand in the 1970s and 80s, and several rock groynes were placed across the beach.
The beach in this section is 1.5 km long and curves around to face the south-west. The orientation, and Table Rock Point to the west, afford some protection from west and north-westerly wind and waves. As a result, the parallel, double bar system that has run all the way from Frankston transforms into a 200 m wide series of shallow, transverse bars. These cause large protrusions of the shoreline where they join the beach. At low tide, even low waves can be observed breaking on the many bars. In addition, the rock groynes cause changes in beach orientation, resulting in, at times, a very undulating shoreline. The Mentone Life Saving Club was formed in 1921. It is located in front of the bluffs, with a good view of the beach.
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.