Rippleside was originally established for its closeness to the Melbourne Road that runs parallel to the beach. The beach has been a popular swimming area for decades with plenty of parking, a very large park, and a small jetty to swim from or dangle a line. It is also a great starting point for a walk along Western Beach.
Rippleside is very easy to find if you are coming in from Melbourne with good signage just before entering the city. In fact I always take this route as it takes you along the edge of the bay with its scenic views into the city centre. Rippleside is only several minutes driving from the city and very close to Drumcondra, North Geelong and Corio.
Rippleside Park which adjoins the beach is a very large, grassy park with plenty of room for picnics, kicking the football or exercising your dogs. There is a children’s playground, barbeque facilities and public toilets. The area to the left of the beach is being developed into classy apartments now the commercial facilities have closed down.
There is no kiosk located at the beach so make sure you take a picnic with you. For those with a good dining budget you may want to try the restaurant that overlooks Corio Bay. Aptly named Ripples on the Bay it offers contemporary dining with medium price range.