9.5 out of 10

Balnarring

-38.3794372369104 145.119309853813
Great for
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 29, 2017

"Small town feel, close to everything - including the beach!"

A small suburb on the Mornington Peninsula's east coast, Balnarring is home to 2500* permanent residents.
Fantastic setting to raise a family, with a fully fenced playground, new public amenities, fully lit skate park and easy access to the shopping strip with an abundance of cafes, restaurants and specialty stores. The local service station and garage is worth a special mention, as they have driveway service and will fill your car for you; rain or shine!

Balnarring is approx. 10 minutes north by car to Hastings (closest Coles, Woolies, Kmart, major banks etc.) and 20 minutes west to Mornington (major shopping centres, homemaker stores and strip shops). Public transport in Balnarring is limited (bus) however there is great running/walking/cycling access via the 26km Westernport Bay Trail which ends in Sommerville. The closest train station is 7km away at Bittern (PTV zone 2, Stony Point Line to Frankston).

If you are coming for a weekend visit be sure to try a burger at the Tulum store down Balnarring Beach road, grab a coffee at Village People, sneak a snack at the Red Hill Baker - Balnarring, check out the huge range of gifts at the Dispensary, treat yourself to French, Italian or Asian Fusion cuisine at one of the great eateries in town (and I mean great!) and top it off with some Sunday afternoon tunes at the local tavern (Heritage 3059). And of course there's an abundance of beaches, parks and nature trails all within a stones throw of the town centre.

If you are looking to move to Balnarring, I can't recommend it highly enough! There is an influx of traffic in the Summer months, but nothing compared to the congestion of the west coast (Dromana, Rosebud, Sorrento etc.). Commuting to Melbourne will add a little time to your daily drive, and be prepared for tradie traffic entering and exiting Peninsula Link.

(*figure from the 2011 census)
Pros
  • Great cafes
  • Community feel
  • Walking distance to shops from any residential street in town
  • Friendly
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Lack of pedestrian crossings
  • Expensive to buy/rent
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great place"

Balnarring is the place you choose to live
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Relaxing
  • Stress Free
Cons
  • public transport to the city ...if you needed to go there regularly
  • Mornington Shire council should remove pine trees and other weeds and plant native trees
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great Rural Life"

I lived in Balnarring for 32 years. I had my family and it was such a great safe place for them to grow up. Balnarring has a great Primary school, Kinder and Infant welfare centre. Just what you need for a young growing family. It has quiet beaches two Churches, Tennis courts, wonderfull wetlands which just have to be seen. There is a Cricket club and also a Football club. There is a Doctor and Dentist and a lovely shopping village.It is also close to a surf beach which the locals love. Balnarring is definately the place to live.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Lay back
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Relaxing place"

I work there most days and find it a great little town. Shopping is a bit average and night life is nil. People are friendly but can be a little uppity at times but overall a great place. Great place for young families and a very safe atmosphere.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees