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. And if you come off-peak, you can book great-value camping packages.


The largest of our three camping reserves, Rosebud’s camping sites stretch 10km along the sparkling water to the seaside village of McCrae. 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. There are 812 camping sites. View more information in our section Rosebud Camping


Just a little further along the coast, the Rye reserve has a prime position along 2km of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, with 174 sites. 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


Sorrento is recommended if you like a smaller camping ground, as it’s just 1km in length along the beach with 147 sites. The sophisticated 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

Foreshore Camping Office Hours & Locations

Office Hours: 

During the camping season: Sunday to Thursday: 8.30am – 5.00pm and Friday and Saturday: 9am – 7pm.
When camping is closed the foreshore camping office is open 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Closed Christmas Day only.

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 (7pm to approx. midnight) please call 0400 845 896 (night patrol)

For maintenance enquiries: 1300 850 600

Rye: 2310 Point Nepean Road, Rye (unmanned)
Sorrento: 3176 Point Nepean Road, Sorrento (unmanned)

How to Book

You can book your Mornington Peninsula Foreshore campsite online, via email, by telephone or in person. Visit our section on Book a Camp Site