Moorooduc is a small Victorian town on the Mornington Peninsula. It is located approximately 70 kilometres from Melbourne.
Moorooduc is a rural township in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
The Mornington Railway Preservation Society operates steam and diesel train services from Moorooduc Railway Station on weekends and public holidays.
A short walk from Moorooduc railway station is the Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve.
Moorooduc Primary School (No. 2327) opened on 1 November 1880, on the current site located on Mornington-Tyabb Road. In 2006, the school celebrated 125 years.
Golfers play at the Devilbend Golf Club on Loders Road and Moorooduc Saddle Club is located on Derril Road.
Moorooduc is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “flat and swampy” or “dark”.
The first settlers on the Moorooduc plains were timber cutters who brought their bullock teams and camped in tents while they harvested wood. This was brought into Mornington to be shipped from the Mornington jetty to the fledgling township of Melbourne by sea, to be used for building bridges, jetties, railway lines and to fire the bakers’ovens.
Benjamin Baxter won the contract to supply the pylons for the Schnapper Point jetty. He sourced his timber from the Moorooduc forest, which was well wooded with eucalypts, she-oak, wattle and box.
Moorooduc became an agricultural community with many of the farmers also holding slaughtering licenses.
The fruit growing industry was important to the Moorooduc district and contributed to the stable prosperity of the area. The blossoming orchards in spring and the fruit-laden trees in autumn attracted many day trippers to the district. First plantings occurred about 1860.
The Two Bays Nurseries and Orchard Company of Moorooduc became one of the biggest retail nurseries in the Southern hemisphere, exporting trees to Argentina and Japan as well as all over Australia.
In 1916 Moorooduc celebrated the opening of their new hall, known locally as “The Brick Hall” to distinguish it from the early “Tin Hall”.
Many descendants of the early pioneers of Moorooduc still live in the area.
Today the median property price for Moorooduc is $1.6million.
Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Moorooduc is a must visit destination with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when heading down to this pretty township.
630 Moorooduc Hwy
Great food and coffee in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere
DOPPIOZERO @ THE COOLSTORES
475 Moorooduc Hwy
Italian cuisine with some of the best coffee to match
878/475 Moorooduc Hwy
Organic, raw, vegan, sugar free.
Handmade cakes. Specialty coffee
BARMAH PARK RESTAURANT & CELLAR DOOR
945 Moorooduc Hwy
Breakfasts and modern Australian lunches or a coffee in a relaxed cafe with a deck overlooking the vineyards.
WHAT TO DO?
At the centre of the peninsula, Moorooduc offers a plethora of interesting things to do from checking out the boutique wineries, to the history of the famous Coolstores, to taking a ride on the Mornington Railway which has its home at Moorooduc station.
Head down to the many cafes or restaurants and enjoy some of the best coffee in the area, or a fabulous authentic Italian meal at Doppio Zero or family owned winery, Stumpy Gully Vineyard.
Moorooduc is truly the peninsula’s hidden treasure.