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Bellarine Bayside is the appointed Committee of Management for the local coastal reserve from Point Richards in Portarlington to Edwards Point in St Leonards. The Bellarine Bayside Board is responsible for the planning, management, care and protection of the assets and crown land along the (approximately) 17kms of foreshore.

Consultation Meetings

For 2014-2015, Bellarine Bayside Board is revising its meeting arrangements to be more efficient and aligned with its sister foreshore committees.
While our ordinary meetings will no longer be open to the public, we are very interested in listening to ideas from stakeholders about future projects and coastal management activities. We wish to invite any interested community members or local groups to come along and chat to Committee members over morning tea and if they wish to make a short presentation to the full Board.

Two consultation meetings have been planned:
• At Indented Head in the Indented Head Hall on Saturday 22 November 2014, 10.00 -11.00am
• At St Leonards (venue to be notified) on Saturday 18 April 2015, 10.00 -11.00am

So we can cater adequately, please email Sarah Heather at: if you plan to attend a morning tea. Please also advise if you wish to make a presentation, so we can schedule the time accordingly.


Board Charter

The purpose of the Board Charter is to define the role, policies and processes of the Board of Bellarine Bayside and its members (the Directors) to assist them in fulfilling their duties and obligations.

Coastal Volunteers

Bellarine Bayside is looking to facilitate and assist the formation of a number of Coast action /Coastcare groups at Portarlington, Indented Heads and St Leonards. More information  

Northern Bellarine Foreshore Plan 2012

Read the Northern Bellarine Foreshore Plan 2012

Northern Bellarine Master Plan

The Master Plan has received Board approval and submitted to the  Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI)  for Ministerial approval.  View the Master Plan 

Corporate Plan 2014/15

The 2014-15 Corporate Plan has approved by the Board. Click here to view the 2014-15  Corporate Plan


Portarlington Holiday Park Sale of Onsite Vans

Bellarine Bayside now permits  the sale of onsite caravans at Portarlington Holiday Park, subject to meeting policy conditions. Details

Community Engagement Policy

The Community Engagement Policy outlines Bellarine Bayside's commitment, and guides its approach to, engagement with local communities and visitors to the Northern Bellarine foreshore.

Review Of Dog Control Orders

Bellarine Bayside is currently reviewing its Dog Control Orders for the Crown Land Foreshore and Beaches between Point Richards in Portarlington and Edwards Point, St Leonards.

Thank you to all the stakeholders for your comments and views during our initial consultation in 2012 regarding these orders.  More information will become available as the next stage of the process is managed. More information


Bellarine Bayside Holiday Parks

Our holiday parks offer a choice of three unique bayside locations in Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards all with absolute bay frontage and a variety of accommodation options.

For information on the latest holiday packages, tariffs, facilities and maps visit 


Be Informed

To be informed about projects, issues and events on the Northern Bellarine, please register here 



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Check out what we have been up to

Employment Opportunities

General Maintenance Officers (Casual)

Holiday Park Manager(s)

Help Monitor Our Changing Coast

Coastal managers Bellarine Bayside are calling on the community to help them monitor and record the ever-changing landscape of two beaches in the Northern Bellarine.
‘Fluker Posts’ have been installed at Batman Park, Indented Head and 200m north of the pier in St Leonards...Click here to read more

St Leonards Beach Renourishment Project

Bellarine Bayside and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) would like to thank all those who participated in the St Leonards Beach Renourishment Community Workshop held in April 2014. At this workshop support for these works was unanimously confirmed...Click here to read more 

Indented boatshed repair job done

The iconic boatshed in Indented Head following repair work.
THE restoration of the iconic boatshed in Indented Head has been completed by Bellarine Bayside.
Works were needed on the boatshed due to a series of attacks by vandals damaged it and the boats of the business which used it, Beachlea Boat Hire.
The attacks began in April/May of this year and included one during the rebuild phase in late June...Click here to read more

Community Planting Day - Indented Head

The Indented Head community joined together over the weekend to help rehabilitate and revegetate the Indented Head wetlands. 

25 community members enjoyed the sunshine and planted almost 1000 indigenous plants along the edge of the wetlands.  Click here for more information

Indented Head Boat Ramp Closure

Bellarine Bayside is planning to re-asphalt the parking facilities at the Indented Head boat ramp. To complete the works, the car park and boat ramp will be closed from Monday 1 September 2014 to Monday 8 September 2014. Please use the St Leonards boat ramp during this time. Please note these dates may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.

St Leonards Boat Ramp Receives a Facelift

Bellarine Bayside is planning to upgrade the car park at the St Leonards boat ramp. The project will resurface the car park and formalise parking, improve traffic management, upgrade the Coastal Trail and formalise pedestrian and cycle connectivity, improve drainage, and the increase the amenity of the area. Read more and download information sheet


Bellarine Bayside will be upgrading the picnic area and Coastal Trail along the Portarlington foreshore, near Fisher St.

Over the coming months a landscaping project at the site will improve the use and look of the area.

New Pedestrian Bridges to Improve Coastal Trail Safety

Bellarine Bayside is planning an upgrade to the Coastal Trail between Seaforth Drive and Calhoun Road, Portarlington.

The works will improve safety for users and the overall experience of the Coastal Trail. 


Happy Campers

This summer was another bumper year for Bellarine Bayside’s Holiday Parks, with over 2,600 arrivals and 15,000 people staying in the six holiday parks in Portarlington, Indented Head & St Leonards during the Summer Season.

St Leonards Foreshore Revamp

Bellarine Bayside is planning to upgrade the ramp that runs down to the Lower Bluff near Clyde St, to make it easier for the physically impaired to access the beach.

Erosion Mitigation Works at Grassy Point

Bellarine Bayside is monitoring the ongoing shoreline retreat at Grassy Point immediately to the east of the boat ramp.

Erosion Mitigation Works at Batman Park, Indented Head

Bellarine Bayside is monitoring the ongoing shoreline retreat at Batman Park immediately to the south of the Batman Head revetment wall.

2012 - 2013 Annual Report

 The Annual Report 2012-2013 is now available to the Community. You may like to order a copy or  pick up a copy at our Sproat Street office, Portarlington.

Ongoing Cliff Erosion at St Leonards

Bellarine Bayside has been monitoring the ongoing erosion along the part of the foreshore in the vicinity of First Avenue. There is evidence of cliff instability and recent and ongoing cliff falls. In response to increased risk to the public and the advice of geotechnical experts, a 230 metre section of the beach has been closed to the public.  The beach closure will remain in force until sand fencing is installed in early December 2013. Sand fencing will mitigate the coastal erosion and ensure the safe access along the beach for the public.   

For more information please contact Nick Wynn, Manager Planning and Major Projects on 03 5254 4013.

Please read the Sand Fencing  Fact Sheet  and public notice.



Portarlington Holiday Park Master Plan

Projects Completed 2012/2013