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.
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.
Mount Eliza Post Office opened on 15 November 1920.
There are several beaches and bays located in Mount Eliza, which include Canadian Bay (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 Mt Eliza Beach on the shores of Canadian Bay, which was named after three Canadians who owned a sawmill in the area in the 1950s.
In 1928, the independent girls school Toorak College was built and is one of the oldest independent girls schools in Victoria.
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 Mount Eliza Cricket Club is one of the most successful cricket clubs on the Mornington Peninsula with ten First Eleven premierships and a total of more than 55 including the Juniors. During the 1980s the club was heralded as the largest cricket club in Australia with nine senior teams and eight junior teams.
The median house price in Mount Eliza is $1,225,000.
Mount Eliza has its fair share of celebrities. Deborah Lee Furness’s mother lives there and she and husband, Hugh Jackman, have been spotted visiting. Real Housewives of Melbourne star, Gamble Breaux and her husband, Rick Wolfe, live in Mount Eliza.
Freshly brewed coffee is a must-have for weekends. Here are a few places to check out when you’re in 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.
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.
*Please note: Due to uncertain times in Victoria, trading conditions are subject to change to be in line with State Government COVID-19 restrictions. It is advised to check with businesses for trading information.
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.