Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha

Caring for the Balcombe Estuary Reserves

BERG Mt Martha – the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc. – is a friends’ group formed in 1997 to preserve and restore the bushland of the Balcombe Estuary Reserves.

Balcombe Creek, with its estuary, is the last unspoilt waterway entering the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay. The Reserves cover 44 hectares of natural bushland along the creek’s lower reaches.

The Boonerwrung, the Mornington Peninsula’s traditional owners, called the Balcombe Creek area Tji’tjin’garook – the voice of frogs.

 A boardwalk and walking tracks run about 3.5 km through bushland along the south bank, from the estuary to the Nepean Highway, with two bridges to the north bank creating a circuit.  At the highway, the track connects with walking tracks in The Briars Park.

Get involved:

  • Support BERG by becoming a member, and receive our two-monthly newsletter
  • Make a donation.
  • Make a bequest.
    Another way to ensure that the natural beauty of the Balcombe Estuary and Reserves Reserves  is maintained into the future is by leaving a gift to BERG Mt Martha in your will. To find out more about our Bequest program you can download a brochure  or phone 0447 160 288 for a confidential discussion.
  • Come to a working bee and help with weeding, mulching and planting.
  • Get involved in the Waterwatch program.
  • BERG needs lots of other skills – administration, planning, financial, writing and editing, publicity, design, maintaining equipment. Contact us


What does BERG Mt Martha do?:

BERG volunteers and contractors, with help from local schools and other groups, continue to:

  • remove quantities of pest plants
  • plant many thousands of indigenous plants raised from local seed
  • control feral animals, mainly foxes and rabbits
    build community awareness, knowledge and involvement.
    CLICK HERE to view a 6 minute video about the Balcombe Estuary and BERG Mt Martha’s work.


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