About Foreshore Camping

The Mornington Peninsula has some of Victoria’s most beautiful beaches, with white sandy bays, shallow waters for kids, top fishing spots and lots of aquatic activities. Best of all, three of these beaches are renowned in the caravan and camping world for their foreshore camping reserves and a wonderful sense of family and community spirit that goes back more than 70 years.

The Shire manages foreshore camping along the natural foreshore reserves with beach access in Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento. These locations are great for accessing many of the Mornington Peninsula’s recreational activities including swimming, walking, cycling and relaxing.

Campsites are close to all local amenities including local shops, cafes, national parks/reserves, shared bay trails and are just a short drive to the peninsula’s surf beaches and Western Port Bay. These sites offer a wonderful place to enjoy a great holiday experience.

The views of the water just a few metres away at Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento are million dollar – but the camping rates are very reasonable. The facilities are excellent (just bring your own tent or caravan), and right over the road are coastal villages with supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, sports and fishing gear suppliers and more. The reserves are very well managed and maintained by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, so you’re assured of quality camping.

Rosebud

The largest of our three camping reserves, Rosebud’s camping sites stretch along the sparkling water from the seaside village of McCrae to Chinaman's Creek, Capel Sound. Facilities include shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas shaded by large trees, kids’ play areas, barbecues, boat launching ramps close by and the extensive shopping of Rosebud just over the road. View more information in our section Rosebud Camping.

Download: (PDF, 44KB)2021-22-Rosebud-Camping-Fees.pdf(PDF, 341KB)

Rye

Just a little further along the coast, the Rye reserve has a prime position along 2km of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Facilities include shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas shaded by large trees, kids’ play areas, barbecues, boat launching ramps close by and Rye village just over the road. View more information in our section Rye Foreshore Camping.

Download: (PDF, 39KB)2021-22-Rye-Sorrento-campings-fees.pdf(PDF, 296KB) 

Sorrento

Sorrento is recommended if you like a smaller camping ground, as it’s just 1km in length. The village of Sorrento is only a short drive away, as is the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry which crosses Port Phillip Bay to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Camping facilities include shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas shaded by large trees and boat launching ramps close by. View more information in our section Sorrento Foreshore Camping.

Download: (PDF, 39KB)2021/22 Rye and Sorrento Foreshore Camping Fees and Charges(PDF, 296KB)

Foreshore Camping Office Hours & Location

The camping season operates from the end of October through to the end of April (dates vary each year).

Office Hours: 

During the camping season the office is staffed: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. After hours please contact 1300 850 600.

When camping season is closed the foreshore office is not open to the public. Staff can be contacted by phone or email.

Contact Details:

The Foreshore Camping Office is located at:

1380 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud (main office)

Tel. (03) 5950 1011 or email camping@mornpen.vic.gov.au 

On weekends and public holidays after hours please call 1300 580 600 (night patrol - times vary throughout the season)

For maintenance enquiries: 1300 850 600

How to Book

Visit our section on Book a Camp Site