The Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha is a bushland Friends Group formed to preserve the Balcombe Estuary and surrounding natural environment through community engagement, passionate volunteerism and best practice habitat management.
We remove weeds, plant indigenous species, monitor water quality, tackle drainage and sedimentation issues, engage schools and universities, conduct community education, talk to local groups, lobby government and much more.
Visit our website to learn more about BERG Mt Martha and how you can get involved.
To protect the natural environment in the area, attend to residents concerns and steer them in the right direction when assistance is required.
* Bird observation and conservation on the Mornington Peninsula
Cape Schanck offers stunning landscapes; the mystery of dramatic volcanic features, unspoilt and wild beaches and scenic walking tracks with spectacular ocean views. It is also a site of rich European history with its heritage listed lighthouse precinct.
Follow the walking track from the carpark towards the Cape. This short circuit walk takes visitors to the start of the wooden staircase and boardwalk which descends to the beach and rock platform. Several lookouts have spectacular views over the geological formations called Pulpit Rock and the Devils Desk which were created over millions of years. Please take care on the rock platform as large unexpected waves may wash across the rocks.
The 2.6km Bushrangers Bay Track departs from the car park, providing some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne. A guide to this nature walk is available at the Cape Schanck kiosk for a small fee.
The lightstation includes a lighthouse, museum and former lighthouse keeper's residence. The buildings were constructed from 1859 and are an excellent example of the architecture of the day. Built in 1859 from local limestone with its unique lantern, the lighthouse provides spectacular views of the Southern Peninsula coast and Bass Strait from the balcony.
The Capel Sound Foreshore Reserve is located along a stretch of the Port Phillip coastline from Chinamans Creek, Capel Sound to Shirlow Avenue, Rye. We aim to encourage participation in a range of outdoor activities by improving important environmental assets such as the scarce Banksia Woodland, as well as looking after the campgrounds, bay trail and boat ramp alike.
Capel Sound Foreshore Reserves is Crown Land, managed by a Committee appointed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Camping available all year. Facilities include camp kitchen, dump point, boat ramp, picnic and barbeque facilities and disabled access to beach, toilet and shower. Bookings are essential.
Coolart Wetlands and Homestead is situated on the shores of Western Port Bay. It is an historic farming property with heritage buildings including the magnificent homestead which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and wetlands. Walking trails take you through the wetlands and woodlands where you can explore this tranquil property and its many different landscapes.
GARDEN WANDERS – Cruden Farm is open throughout the week from Monday to Thursday, 10.00am – 4.00pm, and we welcome visitors to meander around the magnificent property and enjoy the fruits of Dame Elisabeth’s 80 years of horticultural works. Bookings are essential on 9789 1676 (Garden Entry - $20 pp)
OPEN DAYS WITH GUIDED TOURS – Open Days at Cruden Farm offer a very relaxed and friendly Sunday experience. The property was left by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch for people to enjoy and consists of wondrous manicured gardens and peaceful walking areas, set amongst interesting bushland around the lake and the lagoon. The sights and scents at Cruden Farm alter dramatically throughout the seasons and there are many rare and old plants and trees to be discovered. You can pre-book a detailed garden tour or just bring a picnic and wander through Cruden Farm between 10.00am and 4.00pm on any Open Day.
(Pre-paid Garden Entry + Guided Tour $35 pp, or Garden Entry $20 pp).
* Devilbend Foundation is a community group working with Parks Victoria to establish a nature reserve on the newly declared park at the old Devilbend Reservoir site|* A committee meets monthly and has established a Friends Group|* The reserve which covers over 1ha was handed over to Parks Victoria in September, 26 |* The aim is to develop a world class reserve. This will require assistance from volunteers|* Encourage the owners of neighbouring land to enhance the Reserve's value as a conservation resource|* An active Devil Bend Landcare Group is now helping with the weeding and care of the park
* Landcare Group for the Devilbend Reserve
* The Dromana Foreshore Reserve Caravan Park is located along a stretch of the Port Phillip coastline between Dromana Boat Hire (Melway 159 E7) to Anthony's Nose (159 C8) |* Seasonal camping from first of December to the end of April|* Contact secretary on 3 5981 933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries.
Located near the back beaches of Blairgowrie, the Friends of E.G Ritchie undertake regular working bees to restore Coastal Moonah Woodland habitat which characterises this part of the Nepean Peninsula. The group combines observation, education, weeding, planting and socialising into its working bees.
Visit the Nepean Conservation Groups website to find out how you can become involved.
Friends Groups are community members who volunteer their time to protect and enhance the native plants, animals and biodiversity values in their local bushland reserve. Once a month the volunteers come together at working bees and participate in a number of activities such as weeding, planting, monitoring, applying for grants and undertaking citizen science projects. The Shire works closely with FOLKLAW, providing support, training, advice and equipment. No experience required, just turn up!
To find out when FOLKLAW are holding their next working bee in Koala Reserve, Somers.
Contact the Shires Natural Systems team on 1300 850 600.