Flinders, a picturesque seaside village, is located on the south eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula, about one and a half hours from Melbourne.
After George Bass discovered Westernport Bay in 1797, pastoralists and fishermen settled the area in the 1840s and 50s. The village was surveyed and named Flinders in 1860. In 1869 Flinders was connected to Tasmania via an undersea cable. The original cable station was on the cliff above the Pier and was a major employer in the town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Flinders Pier was originally built in 1870 and is still a favorite spot for fishing or just to enjoy a promenade. The Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary is easily accessible from the Flinders back beach. It is one of the best intertidal rock platform reefs in Victoria
The Royal Australian Navy has an active gunnery range on West Head for many years – This is the only navy base in Australia where recruits can be trained in the use of many guns.
Melbournians have been escaping to Flinders for recreation or just to have a good time for more than a century. The golf course is a genuine “links course” and is well regarded. There is spectacular coastal scenery within a short walk of the village Centre. For the energetic a 4 kilometer walk around the golf course will be rewarded with spectacular coastal views.
There are excellent cafes, restaurants, hotel and the town now features a number of galleries, gift and antique shops.
What to do in Flinders
If you come to Flinders for the Motoring Heritage Event there is plenty to do in addition to admiring the fabulous collection of unique cars.
The town is rich in history from the cemetery where graves of early pioneers date from 1868. St Johns Anglican Church in King Street built in 1892 which contains some stunning stained glass windows created by a local artist and a heritage organ. The organ was built in 1870s and came to Flinders in 2005 from the Presbyterian Church in Williamstown.
A walk to the pier via the cable station walk at the eastern end of Cook Street is worth the effort. If you are energetic continue on around the golf course for great views of Westernport Bay and Bass Strait.
You will not go hungry. You can get a drink and a good meal at the hotel or any of the cafes and restaurants in Cook Street. Easter is very busy in Flinders and it might be prudent to book a table to avoid the queues. Spend a few minutes browsing and shopping in the gift stores, clothing shops, galleries and antique shops scattered down the main street.
Motoring enthusiasts are always welcome in Flinders, a popular destination for vintage, veteran and classic car owners and motorcyclists.