Focus on Mt Eliza

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.


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, [3] designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924 in tandem with the surveyors Tuxen and Miller.


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 Mt Eliza Beach on the shores of Canadian Bay, which was named after three Canadians who owned a sawmill in the area in the 1850s. 


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 Mt 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  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. This occurred in 2014 and in 2013. The mansion was also the location for the Kath & Kim movie spin-off Kath & Kimderella. 


Mount Eliza Post Office opened on 15 November 1920. 


The population of Mount Eliza is 17,888*.

Coffee Safari

Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Mt 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 part of the world.

Ad hoc Mt Eliza

1/84 Mount Eliza Way

Great place for the best cappuccino and  cookies, or if you prefer a nice Chai tea with soy milk. Outdoor seating is ideal for relaxing with friends over a coffee or brunch.


Shop ate

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.


Degani Mt Eliza

89 Mount Eliza Way 

Chain cafe serving specialty, house-roasted coffee, plus light meals and sweet treats.

A great relaxed atmosphere to enjoy time with family and friends.


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

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 great boutique shopping, Mount Eliza, which is tucked away from the main highway, 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.

Photography: Yanni

Peninsula Essence – May 2019

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