Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, located 57 km south-east of Melbourne’s central business district. It has an area of 13.5 km²and a population of 23,989 (2016 Census)
Mornington’s original post office, built in 1863 at the corner of Main Street and The Esplanade, now operates as a museum displaying old telecommunications equipment and items relating to local history. It is the site of the Mornington and District Historical Society. On the other side of Main Street is the old court house (built in 1860) and the former police station lock-up (1862).
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale struck the town on 2 September 1932 associated with the nearby Selwyn Fault. No injuries or major damage was reported.
The Mornington Pier was built in 1857, and continues to be extended and improved.
Considered to be one of the worst boating accidents in Victoria’s history, the Mornington Football Club Disaster occurred on the night of May 21st 1892 near Pelican Point just north of Mornington. Fifteen members of the Mornington Football Team set out earlier that day on the “Process”, owned and skippered by Charles Hooper, were drowned.
Mornington has a long history dating back to 1802 when explorer Matthew Flinders landed at Schnapper Point. These days, Schnapper Point provides a boat-launching ramp, jetty, yacht club, restaurant and scenic walks providing scenic views along the coast.
Mornington has a number of beaches, some of which are located at the base of rocky cliffs which dominate part of the coastline in this area. Along the eastern side of Schnapper Point is the sheltered Mothers Beach and Scout Beach, while Shire Hall Beach and Mills Beach are located further east along the coast. Around a kilometre south of Schnapper Point is Fishermans Beach which ends at the scenic rocky outcrop of Linley Point where there are boat ramps and scenic viewing spots along the coast.
The first cruise ship visited Mornington township on February 24, 2015, after P&O added the Mornington Peninsula to its itinerary. The Pacific Pearl with 1800 residents on board docked early on the Tuesday morning.
Mornington Central Shopping Centre is built on the site of the former Mornington railway station.
Every Wednesday, Mornington Main Street comes alive with the Street Market.
Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Mornington 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.
2/25 Dava Dr, Mornington.
A hidden, beach/park side location that offers delectable homemade yummies accompanied by a great blend & friendly service
BISCOTTINI CAFE BAR RESTAURANT
157/159 Main St, Mornington
Great coffee in a relaxed atmosphere with a range of fresh food and desserts.
3 Blake St, Mornington
As the name suggests, a good range of coffee in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
THE BOYZ 4 BREAKIE
1A Main St, Mornington
Enjoy a good hot coffee with an extensive breakfast and lunch menu in this friendly and casual café.
WHAT TO DO?
Whether it’s wandering down the main street with its cosmopolitan vibe, alfresco cafes lining the paved streets and vast bay views, or losing yourself in the many art galleries and boutique book shops, Mornington is a colourful hub of arts and entertainment.
White sandy beaches that stretch for miles are dotted along the Mornington coastline.
Take the family on a historic steam train ride or maybe have a punt at the horse races.
Beaches, wineries, shopping, arts and antiques are all at your fingertips in a township that dates back to 1856, where original historical buildings stand proudly among modern architecture.