Flinders is an appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location amongst rolling green hills and the fact that commercial development seems to have forgotten this town, instead preserving the area’s natural beauty.
At the most recent 2021 census, Flinders had a population of 1,130.
Located at the foreshore end of Cook Street and along The Esplanade, a pleasant park offers views down on the Flinders Pier and boat ramp, has a monument to George Bass and Matthew Flinders and has panoramic views over West Head, across the mouth of Western Port to Seal Rocks and The Nobbies on Phillip Island and up the coast to Somers.
The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Matthew Flinders. Settlement commenced in 1854 and many pioneers and settlers are buried at the Flinders cemetery. Flinders Post Office opened on 7 March 1863 as the population grew.
Fishing and providing timber for the railways were important early industries. Fishermen settled in cottages on the beach near the jetty, where the catch was kept alive in floating coops before being sent to market.
A number of historical buildings exist within the town, complemented by several antique shops, restaurants and cafes, chocolate maker, a village store and the 125 year-old Flinders Hotel.
In recent times, Flinders has become a hub for the arts with numerous galleries along the main street.
The weedy sea-dragon, whose habitat is beneath the Flinders Pier, attracts snorkelers from around the world to view this unique marine creature. This area is also popular for sailing, fishing, and other watersports.
The Flinders Golf Course is situated above the cliffs and ocean beaches to the south, overlooking the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary and bordering the Mornington Peninsula National Park. To the west of Flinders, just off Boneo Road, is The Blowhole which includes walking tracks along the rocky coastline and over huge bluestone boulders.
Around 12 kilometres west of Flinders is the small community of Cape Schanck, known for its golf courses and the historic lighthouse situated at the rocky southernmost tip of the peninsula.
Median house price in Flinders in 2023 is $3,600,00 and the median rent is $805 PW.
Jules Gourmet Express
4/33 Cook St
Locally sourced coffee and produce from the Mornington Peninsula for you to enjoy. Option to take away or dine in. Selection of convenient, freshly made take-home meals also available.
Village Cafe & Wine Bar
49 Cook St
This family-owned and run business prides itself on its house-roasted coffee, great meals (eat in or take-away), famous house made cakes and extensive wine list. Sit by the toasty fire in the winter or enjoy the sun filled courtyard on warmer days.
Georgie Bass Cafe
30 Cook St
This Flinders institution serves up Commonfolk’s Progress St blend along with gourmet baguettes, wraps, and salads. Come and join us for breakfast or lunch in our beautiful garden setting.
What to do
Located close to the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Flinders is an appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location and nearby rolling green hills. Enjoy leisurely strolls on the beach or pier, a hit of golf overooking the ocean, The Blowhole, food and wine galore at restaurants, cafes and nearby vineyards, and browsing local stores and art galleries.