Situated to the west of Western Port Bay’s entrance, the Flinders coastal reserve stretches from West Head to the outskirts of Shoreham. This coastline encompasses sandy beaches, vegetated cliffs and several creeks, while seagrass meadows and rocky reef platforms are found just offshore. The peaceful and charming seaside town has a rich Aboriginal and European history with significant sites across the coastal zone and many heritage places surrounding the iconic Flinders Pier. The surrounding waters are recognised as sensitive and significant ecosystems, providing habitat for unique marine life, further increasing its popularity as a place to swim, snorkel, boat and fish.

Supporting a wide range of uses, values and infrastructure, the foreshore provides countless opportunities to enjoy in this beautiful setting. However, with ageing infrastructure and facilities, changing conditions and coastal hazards including cliff erosion, and increasing coastal development, there is an opportunity to improve and activate this foreshore. Sustainable and balanced management will be essential in caring for these areas into the future.

We are developing the Flinders Coastal and Marine Management Plan which will help guide our management of these areas for years to come.

Find out more about the Coastal and Marine Management Plans.


Share your thoughts

Whether you’re a full-time resident or occasional visitor, we want to hear what you love about the Flinders coast and how we can better manage these valued areas.

Drop a pin on the map, share your favourite memory, or tell us more about the Flinders coast.

Thinking about the Flinders coast, drop a pin on the map to share:

  • what you love about these areas
  • what you would change about current management
  • any other comments

You can also attach your favourite photo of Flinders.