Flinders, Victoria

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Flinders Main Street, Flinders, Vic, jjron, 12.04.2013.jpg
Cook Street, the main street
Flinders is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 38°28′26″S 145°01′19″E / 38.474°S 145.022°E / -38.474; 145.022Coordinates: 38°28′26″S 145°01′19″E / 38.474°S 145.022°E / -38.474; 145.022
Population 905 (2016 census)[1]
Established 1854
Postcode(s) 3929
LGA(s) Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s) Nepean
Federal Division(s) Flinders
Localities around Flinders:
Boneo Main Ridge Red Hill
Boneo Flinders Shoreham
Western Port Western Port Western Port

Flinders once known as Mendi-Moke, is a town south of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located on the Mornington Peninsula at the point where Western Port meets Bass Strait. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. At the 2016 census, Flinders had a population of 905.[1]


The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Matthew Flinders.[citation needed] 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.[2]

Present day[edit]

The sheltered beach and 250 m pier

Features of the town include the Flinders Golf Club, a picturesque golf course built on a cliff top,[3] a recreation reserve, a small yacht club, and a 250 metres (820 ft) long pier out from the protected beach, sheltered from the waters of Bass Strait by West Head. This area is popular for sailing, fishing, and other watersports.

On 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.[4] Several accommodation options exist, including B&Bs and hotel-motel style accommodation. Shopping and a mobile library are also available to tourists and residents.[5][6]

Flinders was the original home of Flinders Bread, available throughout Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.[7] 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.[citation needed]

Flinders is served by the 782 bus route from Frankston, operated by Peninsula Bus Lines.[8]

Flinders Pier is popular for recreational scuba diving activities. It is home to the spectacular weedy sea dragon, as well as many other fish species including cuttlefish, large smooth rays and eagle rays, crabs and plenty of other little fish and critters.


  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Flinders". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 24 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Golf Select, Flinders, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  4. ^ "Flinders Ocean Beach - Mushroom Reef". Parks Victoria official site. State Government Victoria. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Mornington Peninsula Business Online. "Find Out More About Flinders". Archived from the original on 19 August 2006. 
  6. ^ Map 261-262, Melway street directory (28th ed., 2001)
  7. ^ "Flinders Bread". Official site. Goodman Fielder. Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  8. ^ 782 Frankston-Flinders, effective 19 April 2004. Accessed 27 November 2006.

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