Balnarring is situated around 10 kilometres south-west of the major centre of Hastings. Balnarring’s shopping village is located 2 kilometres inland and includes a supermarket and a good selection of speciality shops. The Balbirooroo Community Wetlands border the commercial centre, and include a lagoon and walking trails.
Balnarring Beach features sweeping crescents of coastline and a foreshore reserve which offers safe swimming along sandy stretches of the coast. 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.
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.