Balnarring Foreshore Reserve


Balnarring Beach Foreshore is a 70ha nature reserve bordered by Merricks Creek and Western Port Bay. It forms part of the Western Port Biosphere, an internationally recognised Ramsar site (wetland) and is managed for conservation.

The reserve provides plenty of opportunities for people to get close to nature including camping, walking, swimming, snorkelling, sailing and more. Read more >

Getting there

Balnarring Beach is situated 80km south of Melbourne on the Westernport side of the Mornington Peninsula (Exits are signposted on Peninsula Link). The Mornington Peninsula is renowned for its beautiful beaches, wineries, world class golf courses and much, much more. It is the perfect haven for a weekend getaway, extended break, or family holiday.


There are 3 campgrounds all set within a beautiful nature reserve.  Each campground has its own amenity block with toilets, showers, laundry facilities as well as BBQ areas.  Reserves A and C have direct access to the beach, B reserve has a small playground and is only a short stroll to the beach. Read more >

To book or check availability use our online booking system by clicking on the box on the top right of the page. You can also choose individual sites by clicking the ‘Book using interactive map’ once you have selected dates.


The Balnarring Foreshore Interpretive Trail is an excellent way to learn more about the areas natural and cultural heritage values while exploring the Balnarring Foreshore. Read more >

Community Garden

The Balnarring Foreshore Committee of Management with the support of the Balnarring Beach Community Association have established a Community Garden on the Foreshore Reserve. The Community Garden has space for members of the community to grow vegetables and native plants. Read more >

Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve Committee of Management Inc.

Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve Committee of Management Inc. (CoM) is a voluntary committee who manage the Reserve in accordance with the Coastal Management Plan. CoM members are appointed by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change following a nomination and interview process. More information on the CoM and the Coastal Management Plan can be found here. 

Fire & Emergency Management Plan.

Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve have an Emergency Management Plan to guide our operations in the event of an emergency or fire. Follow this link to our Emergency Management Plan (2021).

Balnarring Beach Community Association

The Balnarring Beach Community Association was formed in 1989 to ensure the coastal village character of the area with the aims included being to ” minimise commercial exploitation and recreational overuse of the area and to protect, maintain and restore the natural environment. They advocate on behalf of the community and work closely with the Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve Committee of Management who have responsibility fpr management of the foreshore reserve. You may find out more about the BBCA by visiting their facebook page.

Westernport Yacht Club

Westernport Yacht Club (WYC) plays host to a myriad of on water activities including launching of power boats. The clubrooms are open weekends from October to Easter and welcomes visitors. The club is a Discover Sailing Training Centre with a sailing school for 12 year olds to adults and the popular ‘Tackers’ program for 8 to 12 years. More details available here.


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