Balnarring is situated on the Mornington Peninsula, around 10 kilometres south-west of the major centre of Hastings and fronting Western Port.
Balnarring's shopping village is located 2 kilometres inland and includes a supermarket and a good selection of speciality shops. The shopping village is built around a large central car park which is surrounded by trees and gardens. The Balbirooroo Community Wetlands border the commercial centre, and include a lagoon and walking trails.
Balnarring Beach, also known as Tulum Beach, features sweeping crescents of coastline and a foreshore reserve which offers safe swimming along sandy stretches of the coast. Racehorses are trained on the beach early in the morning six days a week. Balnarring Beach holds the award for the "Cleanest Beach in Victoria" from the Keep Australia Beautiful committee. Merricks Creek joins Western Port at Balnarring, forming a narrow peninsula of land which is traversed by walking paths and footbridges around the shallow creek. One of the most scenic parts of Balnarring Beach is around Cliff Road which is situated on a bushy headland. A walking track winds its way down the cliff face to the sandy beach below, offering spectacular views along the coast.
A large selection of wineries are located in the rural inland section of Balnarring and neighbouring community of Merricks. One of the larger wineries is the Marinda Park Vineyard which features over 6 hectares of vines, a cellar door for wine tasting and purchases, as well as provincial cafe offering French favourites with regional inspiration.
Just to the east of Balnarring on the coast in neighbouring Somers are the Coolart Wetlands. This nature reserve surrounds the historical Coolart Homestead which was built in 1895, and includes a lagoon where thousands of Australian white ibis nest every year, plus attractive picnic and BBQ areas.