Balnarring Beach, Victoria

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Balnarring Beach
Balnarring Beach, Victoria.jpg
Balnarring Beach in April
Balnarring Beach is located in Melbourne
Balnarring Beach
Balnarring Beach
Coordinates38°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
Population418 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s)Nepean
Federal Division(s)Flinders
Localities around Balnarring Beach:
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Balnarring Balnarring Beach Somers
Merricks Beach Western Port Western Port
Balnarring 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 at the 2016 Census, Balnarring Beach had a population of 418.[1] 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.


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 (colloquially known as 'The Naz 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.


  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Balnarring Beach". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  2. ^ Keep Australia Beautiful Council (QLD) Inc (2006). "Australian Clean Beach Challenge". Archived from the original on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  3. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  4. ^ Graeme Butler & Associates. "Volume 2, Environmental History" (PDF). Hastings District Heritage Study Stage Two. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  5. ^ Shire of Mornington Peninsula. "Townships - Balnarring Beach". Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  6. ^ Map 193, Melway street directory (28th ed., 2001)