Flinders

Red Hill Market, Mornington Peninsula Tourism Inc

Population 575

Flinders is set on the south coast of the Mornington Peninsula, a region famous for its wineries. During the 1880s, it became known as a health and recreation resort and a number of guesthouses and hotels began to emerge. Today Flinders remains a popular holiday spot, with its renowned cliff-top golf course and gastropub. Heritage buildings have wide verandahs, often shading antique and curio shops or excellent cafes, giving the town an enchanting and historic air. This, combined with the view across the bay to The Nobbies and Seal Rocks, makes it easy to understand the town's perennial appeal.

Visitor Information

Nepean Hwy, Dromana; (03) 5987 3078 or 1800 804 009.

Nearby national parks

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

Nearby towns

  • Cowes

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  • Mornington

    Mornington was once the hub of the Mornington Peninsula, which is the reason this long arm of land was eventually given the same name. Today...more

  • Sorrento

    Just inside Port Phillip Heads on the Mornington Peninsula, in 1803 Sorrento was the site of Victoria's first European settlement. The town...more

In Town

Foreshore Reserve: popular for picnics and fishing from the jetty.

Studio @ Flinders: small but unique art gallery with emphasis on ceramics, also exhibits handcrafted jewellery, glass, textiles, wood and paintings; Cook St.

Historic buildings: 'Bimbi', built in the 1870s, is the earliest remaining dwelling in Flinders; King St. 'Wilga' is another fine Victorian-era home; King St.

Flinders Golf Links: great views across Bass Strait; West Head, Wood St.

Nearby

Red Hill This is fine wine country, where vineyards are interspersed with noted art galleries, farm gates, cafes and restaurants. The Red Hill Market is legendary and held on the 1st Sat of each month from Sept to May. It specialises in local crafts, clothing and fresh produce. The town also features a number of galleries and The Cherry Farm, where you can 'pick your own' cherries and berries in a pleasant setting (in season); Arkwells La. The Mornington Peninsula Winter Wine Fest is held annually on the Queen's Birthday weekend (June) and the Cool Climate Wine Show is in Mar.

Mornington Peninsula National Park The park covers 2686 ha and features a diverse range of vegetation, from the basalt cliff-faces of Cape Schanck to banksia woodlands, coastal dune scrubs and swampland. One of the park's many attractions is the Cape Schanck Lighthouse, built in 1859, which provides accommodation in one of the lighthouse keepers' houses. Historic Pt Nepean retains its original fortifications and has information displays and soundscapes. Also available here is a 'hop-on, hop-off' tractor train with commentary, and bicycle hire. There are ocean beaches for swimming and surfing, while the Bushranger Bay Nature Walk, starting at Cape Schanck, and the Farnsworth Track at Portsea are just 2 of the many walks on offer. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; access to Cape Schanck from Rosebud–Flinders Rd; 15 km W.

French Island National Park French Island once served as a prison where inmates kept themselves entertained with their own 9-hole golf course. This unique reserve features a range of environments from mangrove saltmarsh to open woodlands. During spring more than 100 varieties of orchids come into bloom. The park is home to the most significant population of koalas in Victoria. Long-nosed potoroos and majestic sea-eagles can also be spotted. There is a variety of walking tracks on the island and bicycles can be hired from the general store. There are also guesthouses, and camping and picnic facilities. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; access is via a 30 min ferry trip from Stony Pt, 30 km NE of Flinders.

Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens: a large hedge maze surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens; closed Aug; Red Hill Rd, Shoreham; 6 km N.

Ace Hi Horseriding and Wildlife Park: beach and bush trail-rides and a native-animal sanctuary; Cape Schanck; 11 km W.

Main Ridge: Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm – pick your own berries in season; Mornington–Flinders Rd. Also The Pig and Whistle, English-style pub, Purves Rd; 11 km NW.

Pt Leo: great surf beach; 12 km NE via Shoreham.

Balnarring: hosts a market specialising in handmade crafts; 3rd Sat each month Nov–May; 17 km NE. Nearby is Coolart Homestead, an impressive Victorian mansion with historical displays, gardens, wetlands and a bird-observation area.

Fishing spots near town

Cowes to Cat Bay 12 km

Cowes to Cat Bay, along Phillip Island, is a popular area for anglers chasing whiting, squid, snapper and gummy shark. Cowes jetty, a favourite with holidaymakers, is a productive platform that often produces elephant... Find out more


Snapper Spots 21 km

Many snapper anglers prefer to concentrate along the edges of the main shipping channels. The deep water running along the western shore of Phillip Island from the Nobbies to Cowes (Buoys 1–13) is a proven snapper... Find out more


Middle Spit 24 km

One of the most popular destinations for boating anglers is the Middle Spit, located along the western shore of French Island. Regarded as a whiting hotspot, it’s just a matter of knowing where to go and the tide... Find out more


Elephant Triangle 26 km

Fishing for elephant fish in Western Port has become an institution. Anglers hang out for the first signs that the fish are starting to migrate into the bay. In general terms, the Elephant Triangle (GPS: S38.26.826,... Find out more


Mosquito Channel 29 km

Corinella is about 115 km south- east of Melbourne on the eastern side of Western Port. There is a jetty, slipway and a 24-hour all-tide boat ramp. Anglers who launch their boats here regard these waters as something... Find out more


Portsea to Point Nepean 36 km

The annual salmon migration into the bay is part of a chain of fish migrations including snapper and baitfish species such as sandy sprats and pilchards, as well as krill. For the salmon, it isn’t so much the need... Find out more


Queenscliff 38 km

Queenscliff harbour has a solid reputation for mullet, silver trevally and salmon. In some years, large runs of couta can be enjoyed in the harbour, and garfish are a common late-autumn visitor. On the debit side, the... Find out more


Lonsdale Bight 40 km

With lots of weed, waters affected by current and a high level of exposure when a southerly comes in, Lonsdale Bight is one the most productive all-round fishing areas in Port Phillip. The bight goes from Shortland Bluff... Find out more


Swan Bay 41 km

Swan Bay is a small offshoot of Port Phillip Bay. The southern extremity is marked by the Queenscliff marina, the northern extremity by Edwards Point. A large portion of the bay is designated a marine park and off-limits... Find out more


St Leonards 43 km

One of the most vivid memories for me was the sight of Tilley lanterns glowing along the front of the old ramshackle pier at St Leonards during spring. During the 1970s, from October through November, this sight was... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Kayaking on Phillip Island 19 km

For a great way to start the day, join a kayaking breakfast tour at Phillip Island Holiday Hire, which starts with a 45-minute paddle from Cowes and includes a civilised breakfast at a cafe. There is also a Devonshire... Find out more


Wildlife-watching - Phillip Island 20 km

Phillip Island is best known for the little penguins that come ashore every night (bookings essential). But spend time exploring the area and you will find Seal Rocks, with Australia’s largest colony of fur-seals,... Find out more


Swim with dolphins, Sorrento 28 km

In the warmer six months of the year, the eco-accredited Moonraker Charters will help you get in the water, swimming alongside Australian fur-seals and bottlenose dolphins. Of course, swimming is not compulsory on the... Find out more


Marine Discovery Centre, Queenscliff 39 km

Primarily set up to educate school children about the marine environment, this government-run facility also has an interesting holiday program and an interactive aquarium and touch tanks. Holiday activities include... Find out more


Golf courses around town

RACV Cape Schanck Resort 11 km

Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has boomed as a golfing destination during the past 15 years, with some of the finest course designers lining up for a crack at creating a masterpiece on this premium piece of... Find out more


The National Golf Club (Old course) 11 km

Australia’s largest golf club, The National boasts three 18-hole courses – the Old, Ocean and Moonah layouts – all spread across exceptional ocean-side terrain on the Mornington Peninsula, at Cape... Find out more


The National Golf Club (Moonah Course) 12 km

While Peter Thomson’s design team got to work on the Ocean course, The National hired Greg Norman and his chief architect Bob Harrison to create what would become known as the Moonah course. Both layouts opened... Find out more


The National Golf Club (Ocean Course) 13 km

Nearly a decade after the celebrated opening of Robert Trent Jones Jnr’s Old course, the club’s board discovered that the adjoining property was to be put up for sale. It could be seen from the highest... Find out more


St Andrews Beach 16 km

When it comes to quality golf courses and how to design them, American Tom Doak is a learned man. His second and most recent Australian creation – St Andrews Beach, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula... Find out more


Moonah Links (Legends Course) 16 km

The Legends course might have been the second course built at Australian golf’s new home, but it was so well received by golfers that today it is regarded as the better of the two. The course officially opened... Find out more


Moonah Links (Open course) 17 km

When Australian golf’s governing body decided in 1998 to shift its operations to a custom-built facility on some Mornington Peninsula farmland, many golfers reckoned it an ambitious move. But the Australian Golf... Find out more


The Dunes Golf Links 19 km

If you are looking for true links golf in the tradition of the great courses of Scotland and Ireland, you can satisfy your desires here. The Dunes has become one of the most popular courses on the golf-rich Mornington... Find out more


Portsea Golf Club 32 km

Portsea Golf Club has long been regarded one of the best-kept secrets on the Mornington Peninsula. Although it is a private club, the public is welcome at most times to experience this visually striking layout across... Find out more


Peninsula Country Golf Club (South Course) 40 km

A round at either of Peninsula’s two courses is always an enjoyable mental and physical challenge. Upon finishing his remodelling of the North course, Mike Clayton turned his attention to the South,... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Foxeys Hangout 12 km

Foxeys Hangout’s cellar door, housed in a smart wood and glass building overlooking the vineyard, also incorporates an excellent little eatery that offers a series of small dishes. These work equally well as a... Find out more


Merricks General Wine Store

Dating back to the 1920s, and with a fairly recent refurbishment under its belt, the Merricks General Store is certainly one of the more atmospheric pit stops on the Mornington Peninsula. Operating as a cellar door for... Find out more


Montalto 7 km

Using the surrounding natural beauty as inspiration, this rammed-earth vineyard restaurant appears to have thought of everything. More than 1500 olive trees and 11 hectares of vineyards provide spectacular views through... Find out more


Ten Minutes by Tractor

There is a lot to like at this smart winery restaurant, starting with the wonderful view over rolling hills and lush vines from the expansive windows of the main dining room. The award-winning wine list – a... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Red Hill Brewery 9 km

Becoming hop farmers wasn’t part of their business plan when David and Karen Golding first applied to develop a microbrewery and cafe from their Mornington Peninsula property. Ultimately, though, they were advised... Find out more


Matilda Bay Garage Brewery 51 km

Previously operating as the Stockade Brewery, this South Dandenong-based microbrewery was acquired by the Foster’s-owned Matilda Bay Brewing in 2004 and re-badged as their ‘garage’ brewery. Then head... Find out more


Campsites around town

Shoreham Foreshore Reserve camping area 6 km

You can camp all year long at this restful foreshore reserve. Take long walks along the nearby cliffs, cool off in the waters of Western Port, or spend the afternoon sampling fine vintages at a local winery.... Find out more


Point Leo Foreshore camping area 8 km

There are plenty of activities for campers on the Point Leo foreshore. Top of the list is a refreshing dip just off the beach or a surf at one of the 7 local breaks. Canoeing, fishing and waterfront strolls will also... Find out more


Balnarring South Beach A Reserve 13 km

South Beach A is accessed via Mason Smith Rd. It’s opposite a protected beach that’s ideal for young children, and there’s also a toddlers’ playground to keep the under-five brigade amused. Keep... Find out more


Balnarring Koala B Reserve 13 km

Located opposite the Balnarring General Store, the Koala B Reserve is one of 3 beachside parks here. It comprises a nicely laid-out campground that’s only a hop, skip and a jump from the beach – for the... Find out more


Balnarring East Beach C Reserve 13 km

This is the easternmost of the 3 beach reserves at Balnarring – you can get to it from Feathers Rd. It’s just over some dunes from yet another idyllic beach in this area, where swimmers and members of the... Find out more


Rosebud Foreshore Reserve camping area 17 km

There are literally hundreds of campsites scattered throughout the Rosebud Foreshore Reserve, which stretches for 7 km between Anthonys Nose in McCrae to Chinamans Creek in Rosebud West. Wander along the bayfront or take... Find out more


Capel Sound Foreshore Reserve camping areas 18 km

There’s plenty on offer for water lovers at Capel Sound, including fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating, the latter aided by a boat launch. Note: Tootgarook is only open seasonally Nov–Apr, while... Find out more


Rye Foreshore camping area 20 km

There are 300 sites at Rye Foreshore Reserve, which are split between 2 areas: Rye East and Rye West. Needless to say, there’s lots of activity in the area during peak holiday periods, when you may want to consider... Find out more


Fairhaven camping area (walk-in camping) 28 km

The Fairhaven campsites are in a beautiful natural setting on the western shore of French Island, 5 km north of Tankerton off Coast Rd. It’s a great spot to kick back for a few days. While you have your feet up,... Find out more


Sorrento Foreshore camping area 28 km

There are plenty of campsites to choose from here alongside the bay. If you’re lucky you’ll catch sight of the bottle-nosed dolphins that sometimes frequent the area. You can also catch a ferry from Sorrento... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Frankston Holiday Park 35 km

This is a good quality park in the far outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It is a great base for those exploring the Mornington Peninsula or those connecting with the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry. Bookings are... Find out more


BIG4 Beacon Resort 41 km

This award-winning establishment has all the trimmings you would expect of a park of this quality, including an indoor heated swimming pool and tennis courts. It is just a short walk to the beach. Bookings are required... Find out more


Riverview Family Caravan Park 50 km

This is a large holiday park with a long frontage to the Barwon River. It is popular with families during summer. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-length stay period during... Find out more


Barwon Heads Caravan Park 51 km

This is a large park fronting the wide picturesque estuary of the Barwon River close to the river mouth. It is a popular summer beachside park and just a short walk from the town centre. Waterfront sites are available at... Find out more


BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park 51 km

Just 6 km south of Dandenong, this is a good quality park, ideal for those wanting to stay on the eastern side of Melbourne. It is very close to the Jayco factory. Bookings are required in peak times and a minimum-stay... Find out more


Bellarine Bayside Holiday Parks - Portarlington 52 km

This beachfront park with a large number of powered sites is a very popular summerholiday park on a safe, bayside beach, with loads of appeal for families. The park has extensive facilities and is just 1.25 km from the... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Flinders B&B

Charming accommodation is offered in this self-contained period-style fisherman’s cottage that nestles in a lovely garden on the western outskirts of the village of Flinders. Take in the rural views from the double... Find out more


Cape Schanck Light Station

Accommodation here is in four old lighthouse buildings, including the original keeper’s cottage. Nestled in a fully enclosed compound, the 1939 red cottage sleeps eight, the 1887 museum cottage at the rear sleeps... Find out more


Lindenderry

This five-star luxury country house sits on prime hilltop real estate amid 12 hectares of gardens and estate-owned vineyards. It serves both the leisure and corporate market with its 40 beautifully furnished, spacious... Find out more


Shoreham Beach House

Located near the quiet coastal village of Shoreham, this Australian beach house overlooks a farm valley and vineyards towards Westernport Bay. With a barbecue on an outside sundeck, private courtyard, stone open... Find out more


What's on around town

Peninsula Piers and Pinots: the region's winemakers showcase their pinots with local food and produce at Flinders Pier; Mar long weekend.

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