Flinders: One of the Mornington Peninsula’s most underrated, but premium, locations

Article by Pauline Morrissey, from our Property Partner Domain

When playing “I Spy” on the shoreline of Flinders, you may spot fishermen trying their luck along the long pier and bobbing boats floating on the waters of a picturesque sheltered beach. You may also glimpse the quaint yacht club, a community hub since the 1970s, or the popular golf course set atop cliffs, offering stunning views of the rugged Bass Strait.

Meanwhile, along the historic streetscape of its charming village, there are signages adorning landmark buildings to admire, detailing a storied past and carrying an air of yesteryear. And yet, they house modern gems like the chic Italian restaurant Donna Maria and the bespoke jewellery store Jump Jewellery. This blend of old and new contributes to Flinders’ status as one of the most underrated, yet premium, locations of the Mornington Peninsula.

The long Flinders pier is a great spot to drop a line in. Photo: SuppliedThe long Flinders pier is a great spot to drop a line in. Photo: Supplied

A local Flinders icon

The Flinders General Store is a testament to the town’s evolution. Operating since 1866, as marked by its retro signage, the store initially provided farm services and items such as string and nails.

“Over the years under various owners, it has evolved and physically extended to what it is now,” says store manager Kate Parton. “Today, it offers locals and holidaymakers everything from tennis balls and hose fittings to gourmet cheeses and free-range meats.”

The Flinders General Store is a local icon. Photo: SuppliedThe Flinders General Store is a local icon. Photo: Supplied

Parton had been holidaying in Flinders since arriving in Australia in 1964. In 2004, her family eventually purchased the local home they would stay in. They have been proud residents ever since.

“While the landscape has changed over time, Flinders, at its heart, is still a village,” she says. “Locals share a mutual love and enjoyment of the area, whether popping into our store for a yarn while grabbing a sandwich or a coffee or spending sunsets on the pier – our special part of the Mornington Peninsula is paradise.”

Family life in Flinders

Self-described as a “farmer who fell into real estate,” Tom Barr Smith of Kay & Burton Flinders relocated to the area in 2008. With great admiration, he speaks of the town’s growing appeal.

“Flinders was once home to fishermen and farmers. The population has since grown with young professional families, considering several reputable schools are reachable by bus,” he says. “The local pre-school is also coveted for its character-filled cottage, outdoor environment, and unique beach program.”

Smith views Flinders as a unique market, with its green-wedge zoning and large properties often exempt from land tax.

“Quality properties close to the village and coastline will always be desirable,” says Smith. “Much of the peninsula boasts the ‘coast and country’ lifestyle; however, Flinders truly pulls it off.”

Find out more about Flinders here.

Your favourite towns and regions

Save your favourite towns and regions here and send them to yourself or share it with friends and family.