Focus on Flinders

Flinders is a town south of Melbourne, located on the Mornington Peninsula at the point where Western Port meets Bass Strait, located 86 km from Melbourne. 

Flinders is located close to the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, fronting onto the calm waters of Western Port in the west and offering a rugged coastline of cliffs and ocean beaches along its southern frontage onto Bass Strait. 


Flinders is an appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location amongst rolling green hills and the fact that commercial development seems to have forgotten this town, instead preserving the area’s natural beauty and scenic views. 


Flinders was established in 1854.


At the 2016 census, Flinders had a population of 905.


A number of historical buildings exist within the town, complemented by several antique shops, restaurants and cafes.


In recent times, Flinders has become a hub for the arts with seven galleries along the main street.


Attractions along the coast include Bass Park which provides spectacular views down to the Flinders Jetty and across Western Port, as well as being home to a monument dedicated to George Bass and Matthew Flinders who were the first explorers in the area.


The Flinders Golf Course is situated above the cliffs and ocean beaches to the south, overlooking the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary and bordering the Mornington Peninsula National Park. To the west of Flinders, just off Boneo Road, is The Blowhole which includes walking tracks along the rocky coastline and over huge bluestone boulders.


Around 12 kilometres west of Flinders is the small community of Cape Schanck, known for its golf courses and the historic lighthouse situated at the rocky southernmost tip of the peninsula.


The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Matthew Flinders. Settlement commenced in 1854 and many pioneers and settlers are buried at the Flinders cemetery. Flinders Post Office opened on 7 March 1863 as the population grew.


Flinders was the original home of Flinders Bread, available throughout Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. The company’s operations are now based in Dandenong, but the bread is still available locally.


Median house price in Flinders is $2,137,500.

Coffee Safari

Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Flinders coffee is second to none with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when head down to this beautiful end of the world.


Flinders bakehouse café

60 Cook St, Flinders 
The Flinders Bakehouse Café sits on the site of the original Bakery in Flinders, with excellent coffee and snacks, it is a must see place when you visit Flinders.


Pier Proverdore Flinders

38B Cook St, Flinders
Lovely cafe with delicious coffee for all tastes. Indoor and outdoor seating great for all weather, with a fabulous alfresco area at the back with lots of tables and toys to occupy the kids. Excellent breakfast menu and gourmet foods.


Cook & Norman trattoria

1/52 Cook St, Flinders 
Quaint Italian restaurant in Flinders with authentic Italian dishes made from fresh, local produce and coffee in true Italian style with a delicious selection of desserts to complement.


Village cafe & wine bar Flinders

49 Cook St, Flinders
Great friendly café with good coffee and food. Kid and pet friendly, ideal for coffee and cake or a delicious brunch.

What to do

A town south of Melbourne where WesternPort meets Bass Strait, Flinders fronts the calm waters of the west along rugged coastline with a plethora of things to do.

An appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location amongst rolling green hills, enjoy leisurely walks, a hit of golf on the golf range that looks out over the ocean, The Blowhole with its coastal walk, food and wine galore with restaurants and cafes, and art galleries.

Photography: Yanni

Peninsula Essence – April 2019


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