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George Bass named Flinders after his friend, the explorer and British Naval Officer, Mathew Flinders. Initially Flinders began as a fishing village. No permanent settlement took place in or around the present township until after 1854, when the Lands Department made subdivision plans of Crown lands available. There are many early pioneers and settlers buried at the Flinders Cemetery. 

Built Environment:

Flinders is situated approximately 85 kilometres from Melbourne. The pier, cliff top golf course and Naval gunnery at West head are some of the distinguishing features of the town. A small but vibrant fishing industry exists and there are local enterprises such as the manufacturing of surfboards and the locally made Flinders Bread. Kennon Cove provides a launching facility for small boats and also supports the Marine Rescue Facility and the Flinders Yacht Club. Substantial holiday and permanent homes are located among the quiet unmade streets. There are a number of local historic buildings in and around the township.

The Weapons Training facility at West Head, owned by the Royal Australian Navy, is a restricted area to the public.

A caravan park, hotel motel accommodation and bed and breakfast establishments are available in and around the town. Despite recent residential growth, Flinders continues to hold its old world charm and peacefulness. 

Natural Features and Open Space:

The township of Flinders is located within an attractive coastal and rural landscape in undulating topography at the mouth of Western Port Bay and on a coastal cliff facing Bass Strait, extending to Cape Schanck. The headland overlooks the Western Passage and Bass Strait. The Flinders Blowhole is an example of the wild coast, with rock pools and areas for rock fishing at low tide.

Open Space is provided at Kennon Cove and the Ocean Beach Foreshore reserves, George Bass Memorial Park, Norman Street reserve, and the Flinders Recreation reserve.

The Flinders golf course attracts a variety of locals and visitors for its captivating views along the cliff tops.

Enjoying a coastal drive
around Flinders


Services and Facilities:

Shopping in the main street provides a number of services including post office, real estate agent, service station, supermarket, newsagency, milk bar, take away food etc. There is also a Flinders pre-school. Mornington Peninsula Shire provides facilities such as a regular bookmobile stop for the exchange of library books, bowls and tennis court facilities and the Flinders Hall, with occasional maternal and child health services when required.

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