Mornington Peninsula Shire Boating and Swimming Zones
Boating and Swimming Only Zones
Boating zones and dedicated swimming only (areas prohibited to all vessels) zones exist on Port Phillip Bay for the beaches between Mt Eliza and Portsea. The zones are clearly marked by navigation markers located on the water and signage on the shore.
Dedicated zones within Port Phillip:
- Swimming Only Zones (no vessels) at Mornington Life Saving Club and Fisherman’s Beach, Mornington
- Swimming Only Zones (no vessels), Mt Martha and Mt Martha Life Saving Club.
- Boating Only Zone (no swimming) in Martha Cove, Safety Beach
- Swimming Only Zone (no vessels) southwest of Balmoral Avenue, Safety Beach to approximately 500m off shore.
- Swimming Only Zone (no vessels) at Dromana Bay Life Saving Club to approximately 200m off shore.
- Revised Water-ski Access Lane at Anthony’s Nose in Dromana.
- Swimming Only Zone (no vessels) at Rosebud Life Saving Club to approximately 500m off shore.
- Swimming Only Zone (no vessels) east of Rye Pier to groyne to approximately 200m off shore.
- Shared Wind Sport Area north east of Boneo Road, Rosebud to approximately 500m off shore.
- Shared Wind Sport Area between Weeroona & Shirlow Streets, Rye to approximately 500m off shore.
Boating and Swimming Only Zones Map - Maritime Safety Victoria’s Interactive Waterways Map
Personal Water Craft (PWC) or Jetski Behaviour
Maritime Safety Victoria advises riders to remember that PWCs must be operated within the rules relating to powerboats.
Know the rules and Right Right: transportsafety.vic.gov.au/msv/pwc
The Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) introduced new responsibilities on owners, masters and operators of recreational vessels which includes PWC.s, including:
PWCs and other vessels are not permitted to enter or remain in dedicated swimming only zones.
In other areas, PWCs and other vessels must not exceed 5 knots (8kph) within 200 metres of the shore or 500 metres from shore as designated from Safety Beach to Portsea.
PWCs and other vessels must not exceed 5 knots (8kph) within 50 metres of swimmers, other vessels wharfs, jetty’s slipways, boat ramps and not exceed 5 knots when passing through a recognised anchorage for small craft.
On-the-spot fines are applicable for operators found to be contravening these rules.
Click here to download Maritime Safety Victoria’s ‘Ride Right’ brochure.
On the 25th June 2019 Council adopted an advocacy paper that seeks an overhaul to current laws, licensing and enforcement of PWCs for the safety of all users within the coastal and marine environment. A link to the paper can be found on the Future of our Foreshore page.
On-Water Hoon Laws
Hoon behaviour is dangerous and may cause someone to get hurt. It can include:
- Performing ‘doughnuts’ within 50 metres of swimmers or other water users
- Speeding more than 5 knots (8km/h) within 50 metres of swimmers or within 200 metres of the shore.
- Victoria Police may seize, impound or immobilise vessels, including PWCs if it is believed they are being or have been used in committing a relevant offence.
If you see dangerous or life-threatening behaviour on the water, call '000' and immediately report the incident to the Police.
Download: Boating and Swimming Zones Flyer(PDF, 1010KB)
Parks Victoria - 13 1963
Maritime Safety Victoria - 1800 223 022 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday)
Fisheries Victoria (Agriculture Victoria) - Illegal Fishing 136 186, Marine Pests 136 186
- Recreational and commercial fisheries management and licensing
- Illegal fishing activity
- Water Police - Emergency 000, Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000, Police Rescue coordination centre (03) 9399 7500 Marine incidents or emergencies
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VicRoads - 13 11 71
- Recreational boat operator licences
- Recreational boat registrations
EPA Victoria (Environment Protection Authority) - 1300 372 842
- Reporting fish deaths
- Litter from a car
- Marine pollution incident
- Smoky vehicle or vessel
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) - 136 186
- Illegal clearing of foreshore vegetation
- Harassment or cruelty to wildlife