BALNARRING

Located approximately half way between Hastings and Flinders, Balnarring was one of the main areas covered in she-oak forests and was later divided into allotments for smaller-scale farmers. Situated at the junction of two main peninsula roads, there is a good selection of services and shops including a supermarket. This area is surrounded by wetlands which offer walking trails and access to a lagoon. A local feature is Balnarring Beach, a 70ha nature reserve bordered by Merricks Creek and Western Port Bay. This area forms part of the Western Port Biosphere, an internationally recognised wetland. Its arcs of coastline provide a safe swimming area with a foreshore reserve.