Beaches & Foreshore Reserves

Council manages 42kms of foreshore reserves along our coastline and also a number of bushland reserves. Please enjoy our beautiful beaches and natural bushland reserves and respect the environment by leaving the areas how you find them.

Emergency Beach Numbers

The Emergency Beach Number List speeds beach access for emergency services, and includes useful beach access information.

Foreshore & Bushland Encroachment

Council is taking action in areas where private landowners have taken over foreshore or bushland reserves.

Jet Ski Regulations & Safety

Council receives a number of calls asking about regulations for jet ski users. If you have concerns about speeding, with jet skis or boats, contact the police by calling 000.

Patrolled Beaches

Council contributes funding to lifeguard services at Cowes, Smiths Beach, Cape Woolamai and Inverloch. If you are planning a trip to the beach, visit one that is patrolled and swim between the flags

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve

Victoria’s first National Surfing Reserve on Phillip Island was formally declared on Saturday, 16 March 2013 at Cape Woolamai Beach.

Using Foreshores for Events

Are you planning an event on a Bass Coast Shire foreshore? You may need a permit.

Weddings & Functions on Beaches

Weddings and functions on Bass Coast beaches

Where Can I Walk My Dog?

You and your dogs can enjoy the beaches, designated off leash areas and protect wildlife at the same time.

Blue Gum Reserve Frisbee Golf Course

Southeast of the Cowes township on Phillip Island is the Blue Gum Reserve nine hole Frisbee Golf Course.

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