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Flinders is a beautiful and historic town south of Melbournemarker, Victoriamarker, Australia, located on the Mornington Peninsula at the point where Western Portmarker meets Bass Straitmarker. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. At the 2006 census, Flinders had a population of 787.

History

The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Captain 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.

Present day

The town has a picturesque golf course built on a cliff top on Bass Street operated by the Flinders Golf Club., a recreation reserve, a small yacht club and a 250m long pier where sailing and fishing are almost always under way. Several accommodation options exist, including B&B, caravan parks and hotel-motel style accommodation. Shopping and a mobile library are also available to tourists and residents.

Flinders was the original home of Flinders Bread, available throughout Melbournemarker and the Mornington Peninsula. While the company is now based in Dandenongmarker, the bread is still baked in the town.

The Royal Australian Navy operate a weapons training facility and gunnery on West Head. It is restricted to the public.

Flinders is served by the bus route operated by Peninsula Bus Lines from Frankston.

References

  1. Map 261-262, Melway street directory (28th ed., 2001)
  2. 782 Frankston-Flinders, effective 19 April 2004. Accessed 27 November 2006.


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