With marine views that stretch from the wild Southern Ocean to the sheltered waters of Western Port and Phillip Island, yet less then 90 minutes from Melbourne, it is no wonder that Flinders has been attracting day-trippers, holiday makers, sea changers, farmers and retirees since the mid-1800s. Named by George Bass after the great explorer, Matthew Flinders, the town today is the perfect blend of leafy streets, busy cafes, intriguing galleries, historic shopfronts and attractive coast-inspired architecture – from historic seafarers’ cottages to breathtakingly contemporary family homes and sprawling holiday houses.
Beaches, surfing, sailing and fishing draw in all who love the sea and the activities it offers, while nature walks, the cliff-top golf course, coastal trails and cultural attractions cater for those who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground. The safe, quiet Kennon Cove is perfect for young swimmers, families and those who love to sit on a jetty in the hopes of catching dinner. The scenery becomes more dramatic around West Head, as the surf crashes over Mushroom Reef and the impressive Flinders Blowhole.
Surrounded by rich, fertile farming land – much of which has been divided into smaller holdings for those seeking a simpler rural lifestyle – the area is well known for its fresh produce and popular farmers’ market. Hugging the nearby hills, rows of vineyards provide the cool climate grapes for some of Victoria’s most prized wineries including T’Gallant, Red Hill Estate and the renowned Montalto with its bustling restaurant and peaceful sculpture trail.
Despite the array of nearby attractions, Flinders is often overshadowed by its better-known neighbours on Port Phillip Bay, however as the locals of this close-knit, welcoming community will testify, it is Flinders’ tranquil ambience, understated charm and authentic, seaside village character that makes it such an ideal location. In the eyes of many, it also offers better value for money with larger blocks, and small acreages more easily accessible than around the Peninsula’s bayside towns.
The team at RT Edgar Flinders strongly recommend visiting this beautiful corner of the state and exploring the local treats such as the award-winning Jackalope vineyard and luxury hotel, and Point Leo Estate winery and sculpture park.