Balnarring Beach, Victoria

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Balnarring Beach
Victoria
Balnarring Beach, Victoria.jpg
Balnarring Beach in April
Balnarring Beach is located in Melbourne
Balnarring Beach
Balnarring Beach
Coordinates 38°21′32″S 145°08′10″E / 38.359°S 145.136°E / -38.359; 145.136Coordinates: 38°21′32″S 145°08′10″E / 38.359°S 145.136°E / -38.359; 145.136
Population 353 (2011)[1]
Established 1910s
Postcode(s) 3926
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s) Nepean
Federal Division(s) Flinders
Localities around Balnarring Beach:
Balnarring Balnarring Balnarring
Balnarring Balnarring Beach Somers
Merricks Beach

Balnarring Beach is a town in Victoria, Australia, 2 km south of Balnarring. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula and in 2006 it was rated by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council as 'Australia's Cleanest Beach', out of 317 beaches in five states.[2]

It was previously known as Tulum Beach.

History[edit]

The township was first gazetted in 1886, in a street configuration quite different to what exists today.

The beach first began to attract holidaymakers in the 1910s, and beach stores and kiosks commenced operations, serving both day-trippers and campers. The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Club set up base here after their formation in 1924. During World War II, businesses were sustained by servicemen training at Somers.

In 1944, a mobile library operated from a private home for the Flinders Shire by Wally Turner. Balnarring Beach Post Office opened on 1 July 1947 and closed in 1978.[3] In 1960 the yacht club was given permission to erect a winch and slipway and build a clubhouse.[4]

Present day[edit]

Balnarring Beach today consists primarily of holiday homes and camping grounds,[5] and contains a general store, picnic facilities and several caravan parks.[6] Most other services are provided by nearby Balnarring township.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Balnarring Beach (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  2. ^ Keep Australia Beautiful Council (QLD) Inc (2006). "Australian Clean Beach Challenge". Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ Graeme Butler & Associates. "Volume 2, Environmental History". Hastings District Heritage Study Stage Two. Archived from the original on 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  5. ^ Shire of Mornington Peninsula. "Townships - Balnarring Beach". Archived from the original on 2006-08-21. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  6. ^ Map 193, Melway street directory (28th ed., 2001)