Focus on Mt Eliza

Mount Eliza is a bustling seaside village nestled between Frankston and Mornington, 46km south of Melbourne. The town centre is known as Mount Eliza Village, and is the main shopping area for the suburb. 

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 restaurants & cafes.

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.

The population of Mount Eliza is 17,200.

Australian entrepreneur and aviator Sir Reginald Ansett called Mt Eliza home for years where he caught a helicopter to his city office. 

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, 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. 

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 British novelist Nevil Shute who had lived at nearby Langwarrin.

Adjacent to Sunnyside beach sits the 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 2013-2014. The mansion was the location for the Kath & Kim movie spin-off Kath & Kimderella. 

The median house price in Mount Eliza is $1,592,500.

Coffee Safari

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.

Velos Mazeh Musette

76 Mount Eliza Way

Quaint, cool, quirky coffee shop with an owner brimming with character. Coffee is some of the best in town and made with passion and flair.

The Corner Pantry

1/70 Mountain View Road

With a sense of wellness and community, serving up fantastic coffee alongside an amazing breakfast/lunch menu, in a vibrant atmosphere. 

The Sandbar Café

104 Mount Eliza Way

Friendly atmosphere brewing creamy lattes, and a range of freshly-made paninis and rustic rolls all day.

*Please note: Due to on going lock downs in Victoria, trading conditions are subject to change in line with State Government COVID-19 restrictions. It is advised to check with businesses for trading information.

What to do

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. 

Grab your paddle board and head down to one of the many bay beaches boasting clear, calm waters. Sunbake on the soft, sand shore with the coveted, multi-coloured beach boxes as your backdrop. 

Take the kids for a  hike through a lush nature or wildlife reserve before finishing your day with a local drop and nibble. Alternatively, book in to one of the many casual or finer-dining restaurants on  the village strip and afterward stroll along the tree-lined Mt Eliza Way taking in the eclectic mix of shops catering to all your whims.

Photos Yanni

Peninsula Essence – September 2021