Focus on Moorooduc

Moorooduc is a rural area located in the local government area of the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsua Link  now runs through the locality, being the main route between Melbourne and the Peninsula. 

The Mornington Railway Preservation Society operates steam and diesel train services from Moorooduc Railway Station on weekends and public holidays.

A short walk from Moorooduc railway station is the Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Moorooduc Primary School (No. 2327) opened on 1 November 1880, on the current site located on Mornington-Tyabb Road. In 2006, the school celebrated 125 years.

Golfers play at the Devilbend Golf Club on Loders Road and Moorooduc Saddle Club is located on Derril Road.

Moorooduc is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “flat and swampy” or “dark”.

The first settlers on the Moorooduc plains were timber cutters who brought their bullock teams and camped in tents while they harvested wood. This was brought into Mornington to be shipped from the Mornington jetty to the fledgling township of Melbourne by sea, to be used for building bridges, jetties, railway lines and to fire the bakers’ovens.

Benjamin Baxter won the contract to supply the pylons for the Schnapper Point jetty. He sourced his timber from the Moorooduc forest, which was well wooded with eucalypts, she-oak, wattle and box.

Moorooduc became an agricultural community with many of the farmers also holding slaughtering licenses.

The fruit growing industry was important to the Moorooduc district and contributed to the stable prosperity of the area. The blossoming orchards in spring and the fruit-laden trees in autumn attracted many day trippers to the district. First plantings occurred about 1860.

The Two Bays Nurseries and Orchard Company of Moorooduc became one of the biggest retail nurseries in the Southern hemisphere, exporting trees to Argentina and Japan as well as all over Australia.

A small wooden church standing (just) on the Moorooduc Highway  south of Tyabb Road is in the process of being converted to a b & b. This church and was also to be used as the first Moorooduc school.

In 1916 Moorooduc celebrated the opening of their new hall, known locally as “The Brick Hall” to distinguish it from the early “Tin Hall”.

Many descendants of the early pioneers of Moorooduc still live in the area.

Today the median property price for Moorooduc is $1.6million.

Moorooduc is a small Victorian locality within the local government area of Mornington Peninsula, it is located approximately 47kms from the capital Melbourne covering an area of 42.88 square kilometres.

Moorooduc has a recorded population of 1098 residents.

Coffee Safari

Apple Espresso
630 Moorooduc Hwy

Great food and coffee in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere

Doppiozero @ the Coolstores  
475 Moorooduc Hwy

Italian cuisine with some of the best coffee to match

Conscious Cravings
878/475 Moorooduc Hwy 

Organic, Raw, Vegan, Sugar free Handmade cakes. Specialty coffee

Barmah Park Restaurant & Cellar Door  
945 Moorooduc Hwy

Breakfasts and modern Australian lunches or a coffee in a relaxed cafe with a deck overlooking the vineyards.

What to do

At the centre of the peninsula, Moorooduc offers a plethora of interesting things to do from checking out the boutique wineries, to the history of the famous Coolstores, to taking a ride on the Mornington Railway which has its home at Moorooduc station.

Head down to the many cafes or restaurants and enjoy some of the best coffee in the area, or a fabulous authentic Italian meal at Doppio Zero or family owned winery, Stumpy Gully Vineyard. 

Moorooduc is truly the peninsula’s hidden treasure.  

Photography: Yanni

First published in Peninsula Essence – February 2019

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