Best Things To Do In Balnarring

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Are you planning a holiday in Victoria and looking for a place that is rife with character? Balnarring is a small village that has a lot to offer. Balnarring features natural splendour as well as many memorable eateries supported by a bustling community.

We’ve compiled this handy Balnarring guide including:

  • What to do
  • Where to go
  • Where to eat
  • Where to stay

Where is Balnarring?

Balnarring is located on the Mornington Peninsula, situated between Somers and Merricks. It is approximately 80km from the CBD.

How to Get to Balnarring from the Melbourne CBD?

Balnarring is within driving distance, as long as you’re okay with toll roads. The trip takes about 60-90 minutes, depending on the roads taken. For example, you could take the M3 for the entire trip, or you could transition from the M1 in Southbank to the Mornington Peninsula Fwy/M11 for the rest of the trip.

For Public Transportation, the first step would be to catch a train from Flinders St to Frankston Station. Then, you can either catch the 782 bus for the remainder of the trip, or catch another train to Stony Point Station and complete the rest of the journey with the 782 bus.

Best Activities in Balnarring

Watch the Horses at Balnarring Beach

As if the title of “Cleanest Beach of Victoria” (according to the Keep Australia Beautiful committee) wasn’t enough, it’s possible to watch the majesty of racehorses as they are trained on the sands six days a week.

Experience Victorian History at Coolart Homestead & Wetlands

Built in 1895, the Coolart Homestead is a heritage estate that provides a glimpse into Victoria’s past. Close to the property is a series of wetlands where patrons will be able to witness over 125 species of bird.

Have a Hands-On Rural Experience at Rain, Hayne & Shine Farmyard

Families will appreciate this rural experience, being given the opportunity to interact with all kinds of farm animals, as well as enjoy cart rides, pony rides and picnic spaces.

Best Places to Visit in Balnarring

Emu Plains Reserve

Established in 1860, the Emu Plains Reserve has played host to an eclectic marketplace underneath an ancient stringybark forest, boasting over 200 artisans with all kinds handmade wares.

Quealy Winemakers

Since 1988, the Quealy Winery has provided the Mornington Peninsula with exemplary wines. They offer cellar door tours on their expansive vineyard, where patrons get an authentic winemaking experience.

Museum of HMAS Cerberus

Artefacts, photographs and memorabilia across multiple historical periods of the Royal Australian Navy make up an extensive collection that is presented inside Victoria’s most prestigious Navy training facility.

Best Places to Eat and Drink in Balnarring

Barn & Co

This establishment authentically captures the rural charm of the Mornington Peninsula, providing a full dinner experience inside a reappropriated barn on a winery.

Tulum Store

This cafe not only boasts great food and service, but it also contains Balnarring’s history. Originally, the building that it occupies used to be the Balnarring General Store. Also its name, Tulum, was the original name of Balnarring itself.

Le Bouchon French Cuisine

If you’re looking to deviate from Australian cuisine, this eatery provides a delectable French experience with a buzzing atmosphere and quality food.

Best Places to Stay in Balnarring

Coast & Country Getaways has short stay beach house rental accommodation in Balnarring. Those in need of the perfect recuperation to cap off their holiday will find a homely sanctuary in close distance to everything Balnarring has to offer. Don’t hesitate to contact us so we can prepare the perfect accommodation for you.