MOUNT ELIZA FACTS
Mount Eliza is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, located on the coast between the large centres of Frankston and Mornington. It is 48km from Melbourne and has an area of 750 /km2. The population of Mount Eliza was 17,248 in 2011.
Mount Eliza is a bustling seaside village nestled between Frankston and Mornington. The town centre is known as Mount Eliza Village, and is the main shopping area for the suburb. Mount Eliza has many great cafes specialising in breakfast and lunches and some fantastic restaurants.
The coastline around Mount Eliza consists of jagged cliffs featuring scenic walking tracks above stretches of secluded sandy beaches in small bays and coves below. Access to most of the beaches along the coast is via residential streets which offer small car parks at their end points. Those residential streets feature upmarket dream homes and weekend retreats, many of which have spectacular views along the coast.
The attractive commercial centre of Mount Eliza is located around one kilometre inland along Mount Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road, and features supermarkets and a number of specialty shops.
The Mount Eliza Regional Park, accessed via Two Bays Road, incorporates the former Moorooduc Quarry and offers views across the surrounding plains. At the southern end of the park is a lake with picnic areas and a playground. The Mornington Tourist Railway, which offers steam train rides, has its Moorooduc station located adjacent to the Mount Eliza Regional Park.
Mount Eliza is 46km south of Melbourne.
The population of Mount Eliza is 17,200.
Mount Eliza was named in 1836 by Captain William Hobson after either Eliza Elliott, his wife, or Elizabeth Callaghan, the wife of John Batman.
Prior to large scale subdivision, Mount Eliza was mainly a location for holiday homes. This began to change in the early half of the 20th century when many old estates were subdivided. One such subdivision was Ranelagh Estate, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924 in tandem with the surveyors Tuxen and Miller.
There are several beaches and bays located in Mount Eliza, which include Canadian Bay, which has had the name since the late 19th Century, Daveys Bay, Half Moon Bay, Moondah Beach, Ranelagh Beach and Sunnyside North Beach.
Daveys Bay was named after James Davey who constructed a jetty in the 1840s to ship his produce to Melbourne. In 1909 the Daveys Bay Yacht Club was established, and winds its way to a walking track overlooking Mount Eliza Beach on the shores of Canadian Bay, which was named after three Canadians who owned a sawmill in the area in the 1850’s.
In 1928, the independent girls school Toorak College was built and is one of the oldest independent girls schools in Victoria.
Hollywood glamour came to Mount Eliza in 1959 when movie stars Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner arrived to shoot the Stanley Kramer film, On the Beach, based on the novel of the same name by British novelist Nevil Shute who had lived at nearby Langwarrin.
Adjacent to Sunnyside beach sits a historical property Morning Star Estate which has also been in a number of films, including a three-month location shoot around the mansion for the movie Partisan, starring French actor Vincent Cassell occurred in 2014 and in 2013. The mansion was the location for the Kath & Kim movie spin-off Kath & Kimderella.
The median house price in Mount Eliza is $950,000.
Mount Eliza has its fair share of celebrities. Deborah Lee Furness’s mother once lived there and she and husband, Hugh Jackman, had been spotted visiting. Real Housewives of Melbourne star, Gamble Breaux and her husband, Rick Wolfe, live in Mount Eliza.
Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Mount Eliza 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.
64 Mount Eliza Way
French pastries as good as you will find in Paris. Light meals and great coffee make Cafe Gourmand an excellent place for breakfast or brunch. Cosy and welcoming with attentive staff.
87 Mount Eliza Way
Serving Genovese Coffee, this buzzing Italian-style cafe is a popular breakfast haunt for Mount Eliza locals. There is a great selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches, and hot dishes, with breads supplied by Melbourne artisan bakery.
POP & SELMAS CAFE
34 Ranelagh Drive
Great coffee and service even though often busy. Coffee one of the best and varied menu selection for whole family.
VELOS MAZEH MUSETTE
76 Mount Eliza Way
Small and cool coffee shop with a character for an owner. Coffee is some of the best in town and made with passion and flair.
WHAT TO DO?
A bustling seaside village nestled between Frankston and Mornington, Mount Eliza has many great cafes specialising in breakfast and lunches, some fantastic restaurants, and great boutique shopping.
The coastline around Mount Eliza consists of jagged cliffs featuring scenic walking tracks above stretches of secluded sandy beaches in small bays and coves below. Access to most of the beaches along the coast is via residential streets which offer small car parks at their end points.
Known for its upmarket dream homes and weekend retreats, many Mount Eliza properties have spectacular coastal views. With a village atmosphere and tucked away from the main highway, Mount Eliza has managed to maintain its hidden gem status, attracting celebrities to visit or purchase property there.
It has even been the centre of Hollywood glamour when Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck and Ava Gardener arrived to shoot the film On the Beach in 1959.