Located on the south western edge of the Mornington Peninsula, Flinders marks the point where Western Port Bay meets Bass Strait.
The town gets its name from the famous explorer Matthew Flinders, who visited the place briefly in 1802. Small and tranquil, Flinders is ideal for retirees and those looking to escape the city rush.
The Flinders Golf Club is one of the most picturesque in the state, located on a clifftop overlooking the Bass Strait. The town also has a small yacht club and a long pier, where locals partake in fishing and sailing. At the Flinders Hotel, visitors salivate over the many delectable culinary delights on offer. Others like to spend the day browsing the antique stores on Cook Street or looking through the Flinders Fine Art Gallery.
There are two options for swimming: Western Port Bay, with its calm waters and family-friendly conditions, or the southern side of West Head, the ocean breaks over the basalt rocks of Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary at Flinders ocean beach. Mushroom Reef hosts one of Victoria's best intertidal and subtidal rock platform reefs, popular for beachcombing, recreational diving, snorkelling and surfing.
Those who enjoy walking will find that the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk sets off in the area, while the shorter Two Bays and Coastal walking tracks weave through native bushland and sleepy inlets.
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The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Matthew Flinders. Settlement commenced in 1854 and many pioneers and settlers are buried at the Flinders cemetery. Flinders Post Office opened on 7 March 1863 as the population grew.
Flinders was the original home of Flinders Bread, available throughout Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. The company's operations are now based in Dandenong, but the bread is still available locally.
The Royal Australian Navy operate a weapons training facility and gunnery on West Head, with public access to this area being restricted.