Horses on Balnarring Beach

Balnarring Beach is one of a very few beaches in Victoria where horses may be exercised for recreation, rehabilitation and training.

Horse Permits allow nominated riders to use the reserve under strict conditions. There are one hundred permits issued each financial year. This includes an allocation for families, local recreational riders and commercial permit holders. Casual permits for one off trips to the beach are not available.

Riders must hold a current Horse Permit (or be a nominated rider), wear a numbered Horse Permit Vest and abide by the current Horse Permit Conditions (see below). The Horse Permit Conditions are designed to protect the natural environment (including beach nesting birds and the dune vegetation) as well as other people using the beach for recreation.

There are harsh penalties for riders using the beach without a current Horse Permit and Vest.

Applying for a Horse Permit

Applications for a Horse Permit for 2022-23 financial year have closed. Applications for a permit for the 2023-24 financial year will open in mid-May 2023. To be added to the waitlist and to receive an application please email balnarringforeshore@bigpond.com with ‘Horse Permit Waitlist’ in the subject line,

Horse Permit Conditions

The Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve Committee of Management set the 2022-23 Horse Permit Conditions. The Horse Permit Conditions outline the rules which permit holders and riders must follow when riding on Balnarring Beach.

They are designed to protect the natural environment (including beach nesting birds and the dune vegetation) as well as other people using the beach for recreation. There are also restrictions on which areas of the beach may be used by riders and these are outlined in the 2022-23 Horse Permit Area Map.

Compliance monitoring

Rangers undertake regular patrols to ensure that the Horse Permit Conditions are being complied with by riders. Members of the public may report infractions by sending an email to balnarringforeshore@bigpond.com. Reports should include the date, time, permit number and description of the event as well as any photo or videos of the event.

Riders and Permit Holders who breach the Horse Permit Conditions receive written warnings and then may lose their ability to ride or hold a permit for repeated breaches of the conditions.

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