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Balnarring, Merricks & Somers
Balnarring Beach


Balnarring is a township on the road between Hastings and Flinders. Originally called Tulum, the name was changed to Balnarring after World War 2. Balnarring is Aboriginal meaning "camp in open places".

In the summer months, Balnarring Beach comes alive with holiday makers. It first became a holiday destination back in 1910 for day trippers from Melbourne . Back then, there were many beach stores and kiosks. Today there is one general store at the beach. In 1924, the Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Club built a club house at the beach and it is still there today.

Today, Balnarring is a thriving community with a great local shopping centre. Balnarring Beach caters to the holiday makers with caravan parks and camping grounds and the local area has many excellent wineries.
Balnarring Races on the Mornington PeninsulaBalnarring is also home to The Emu Plains Racecourse and Recreational Reserve. The racecourse provides a range of recreational activities including a community market run by Rotary of Hastings and picnic race meetings run by The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club, a non profit organisation committed to promoting picnic racing as an enjoyable and family orientated activity. Set in a scenic rural environment, it provides the opportunity for all to experience 'the fun of the races'. Visit the mounting yard as the horses are paraded, and, from track side, cheer your favorite home as the horses race around the track. Race Meetings are usually held at least once a month.


Merricks Beach is a small seaside village located on the eastern side of the peninsula on the Western Port Bay. Merricks has a rather significant koala population and a host of manna gums and pine trees lining the streets. It is one of the few coastal places within a 100 km radius of Melbourne that has been basically untouched by development.Sunrise at Merricks Beach on the Mornington Peninsula

The main beach is very popular at summer. On the foreshore is the Merricks Beach Yacht Club, and toilet facilities. Further down, are two tennis courts. Great views of Phillip Island, the peninsula and Western Port Bay can be seen from the top of the high cliff after the main beach on the eastern side.

Wildlife is abundant on the foreshore reserve that starts on Cliff Road up on the cliff, and goes down to the yacht club at the main beach.

Merricks is also home to the Merricks General Store on the Frankston-Flinders Road, about half way between Balnarring and Shoreham. It's origins date back to the rural 1920's era when it provided both supplies and society to the local community.


Somers possesses a safe and pleasant swimming beach. The area is noted for its koala population, its foreshore walks and for the Coolart mansion and estate.

Somers Beach on the Mornington PeninsulaThe coastline of Somers is home to 3 distinguishable beaches, South Beach, Somers Beach and the tidal flats of Merricks Creek Inlet.

Somers is also home to The Somers Yacht Club which houses the WSC Marine Rescue Facility, who contribute greatly to the safety of Western Port Bay through the use of crash boats sent out to help capsized skippers and crew, or those in other forms of trouble.

Below please find a quick reference for things to do, places to stay and places to eat in Balnarring, Merricks and Somers. If enjoy reading about the history of the area, check out our Fascinating Historical Facts.

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Bed & Breakfasts
Northway Downs Estate - 437 Stumpy Gully Rd, Balnarring - Tel: 0417 050 627
Easton Grey B & B - 12 Old Bittern-Dromana Road, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7121
Billabong Bed & Breakfast - 37 Kentucky Rd, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7433
Chatsworth Park - 2925 Frankston Flinders Rd, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5983 1137
Caravan Parks
Balnarring Foreshore - Phone: (03) 5983 5582
Merricks Camp & Conference Centre - 3670 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks - Tel: (03) 5989 8422
Somers Holiday Village, Camp Hill Road Phone: (03)5983 5538
Hotels & Motels
Balnarring Village Motor Inn - 3055 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5983 5222
Self Contained
Blue Oars - 13 Fethers Rd, Balnarring Beach - Tel: (03) 5983 9038
Chatsworth Park - 2925 Frankston Flinders Rd, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5983 1137
Hillingdon at Tussie Mussie Farm - 206 Bittern-Dromana Road, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7348
Pet Friendly
Blue Oars - 13 Fethers Rd, Balnarring Beach - Tel: (03) 5983 9038
Purple Gate Art Studio, 20 Stumpy Gully Rd, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5983 1389
Historic Homes & Gardens
Coolart Wetlands & Homestead - Lord Somers Road, Somers. Coolart is a magnificent late Victorian mansion. Ever-changing wetlands can be viewed from the observatory, and a lagoon where thousands of Australian white ibis nest every year. Tel: (03) 5931 4000
Markets & Fairs
Balnarring Racecourse Craft Market - Balnarring Racecourse-Coolart Road Balnarring, 3rd Sunday of month, Nov - Apr 8am-1pm - Tel: (03) 5983 2590
Family Fun
Rain Hayne & Shine Farmyard - 490 Stumpy Gully Road, Balnarring. Tel:(03) 5983 1691
Mornington Peninsula Chocolates - 45 Cook Street, Flinders - Tel: (03) 5989 0040
Day Spas
Magnolia Beauty Health Spa, Shop 1, 10 Russell Street, Balnarring- Tel: (03) 5931 3114
Marinda Park - 238 Myers Road, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5989 7613
Hurley Vineyard - 101 Balnarring Road, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5931 3000
Northway Downs Estate - 437 Stumpy Gully Road, Balnarring - Tel:(03) 5983 1945 / 0417 050627
Stumpy Gully Vineyard - 2910 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5978 8429
Silverwood Balnarring - Tel: 0419 890317
Elan Vineyard & Winery - 17 Turners Rd, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5989 7209
Kings Creek Vineyard - 237 Myers Rd, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5983 1802
Merricks Estate - Thompsons Lane, Merricks - Tel: (03) 5989 8416
Paradigm Hill - 26 Merricks Road, Merricks - Tel: 0408 039050
Merricks General Store - 3458 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks - Tel: (03) 5989 8080
Stonier Wines - 362 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks - Tel: (03) 5989 8300
Merricks North
Box Stallion - 64 Tubbarubba Road, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7444
Osborns Harwood Vineyard - 166 Foxeys Road, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7417
Willow Creek Vineyard - 166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7448
Tanglewood Estate - Bulldog Creek Road, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5974 3325
Elgee Park - Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7338
Scorpo Wines - 23 Old Bittern Dromana Rd, Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7697
Balnarring Picnic Race Club, Coolart Road Bittern - (03) 5983 9430
Merricks General Store, 3458-3460 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks - Tel: (03) 5989 8088
Hoolies Inn, Shop 1, Balnarring Shopping Centre - Tel: (03) 5983 1457
3T's by the Sea, 181 Balnarring Beach Road, Balnarring - Tel: (03) 5983 5309
Salix Restaurant, 166 Balnarring, Road Merricks North - Tel: (03) 5989 7640
Somers to Sandy Point Beach Walk - 10km return
This walk takes you along a beach where the feeling of any civilsation has been left far behind. It leaves from the car park at the end of Belvedere Street Somers. From Sandy Point, both French Island and Philip island are easily visible. Before starting this walk it would be advisable to get permission from HMAS Cerberus as this walk skirts there prohibited area.
Arthurs Seat>>Balnarring>>Baxter>>Bittern>>Blairgowrie>>Boneo>>Cape Schanck>>Cranbourne>> Crib Point>> Dromana>>Fingal>> Flinders>>Frankston>>French Island >>Gunnamatta>>Hastings>> Langwarrin>> McCrae>>Main Ridge>>Merricks>>Moorooduc>>Mornington >>Mount Eliza>>
Mount Martha>> Pearcedale>>Point Leo>>Portsea>> Red Hill>>Rosebud>> Rosebud West>>Rye>>
Safety Beach
>> St Andrews>> Seaford>>Shoreham>>Somers>>Somerville>>Sorrento>>Stony Point>> Tootgarook>> Tuerong>>Tyabb



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