Flinders is a village steeped in history. This beautiful coastal township is bursting with character; home to galleries, a winery, delicious dining choices and some surprising artisan speciality foods well worth taste testing (think decadent chocolate and authentic sour dough made in a wood fire oven!) Stay local and support local by rediscovering all that Flinders has to offer this season.
Meet the makers
This decadent space is made for those with a sweet tooth! A petite chocolaterie filled with charm, you can watch chocolatiers at work or enjoy handcrafted chocolates, an artisan gelato or the ultimate hot chocolate. If you can’t decide what to take home, the team offer daily tasting sessions or even the opportunity to master the art yourself with chocolate making workshops for all ages.
The smell alone is worth a visit to this historic bakery. Home to the authentic sour dough loaf made in their much loved traditional, wood-fired oven, the friendly team welcome you with open arms. As well as their iconic loaves, they offer a great bank of seasonal treats, home-made granola and fruit buns. They even have sour dough starter kits (who didn’t try their hand at this through lockdown!) where you can take home everything you need and talk to the bakers for some expert advice to make your own.
Slow down and enjoy the flavours of the region at Nazaaray Estate. This surprising winery produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. Enjoy a glass or two with friends and loved ones at their cellar door viewing deck, overlooking the peaceful farmland. Two vintage 1930’s train carriages have been lovingly restored and add a touch of whimsy to the space. Open on weekend only, this is one to add to your winter exploration list.
Let Nature Embrace You
Find your rejuvenated self among one of the many outdoor attractions. Take in magnificent expansive views of Western Port and Bass Strait with a game of 18-hole golf on the cliff top course, or spot a hang glider taking advantage of the breeze from Bass Strait.
The beaches on either side of the West Head headland are quite different and spectacular in their own ways. Explore Flinders Pier with the kids or consider what lies beneath with a snorkel. Under the pier you can find unique local residents, the weedy sea dragons. These spectacular marine creatures draw snorkellers from near and far, intent on catching a glimpse.
Did you know that the northern end of Flinders Beach dog friendly? You can bring your fury best friend and enjoy year-round leash free escapades.
Perhaps the Mushroom Reef is one for your bucket-list. This special marine sanctuary is on the Cape Schanck side of the headland and covers 80 hectares of the Flinders ocean coastline. Exploring is best at low tide but be sure to watch the incoming water as it brings bigger waves.
Good maps and local knowledge are available from the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre. Choose your own adventure!
The main street of Flinders bubbles with creativity. A hub for galleries, find inspiration as you meander the many sites sitting side by side. At Everywhen Gallery, Manyung Gallery, Cook Street Collective, or Hugh Gallery there are art works and sculptures to suit every style. Discover that ideal piece to enjoy at home, or to transform your home office - your purchase supporting local artists. Or for a little creative giftware inspiration pop into The Artisan Storeroom, or explore the ethically sourced fashion of The Flinders Shed.
Feast days away.
For a casual take away meal, have you tried Pho at Flinders Pop Up? Specialists in authentic Vietnamese street food, they offer fresh and tasty options for Vietnamese food lovers on the go. Looking for a quick light lunch? At Pier Provedore, enjoy an unpretentious menu and delicious coffee in a relaxed country feel atmosphere served by a friendly team.
For lunch or dinner, try Moke. With a menu that features local growers and small producers, the team offer delicious choices to sample regional flavours – their share plates are ideal to relax and indulge with friends. Open daily for lunch and dinner, The Deck Bar and Bistro offers another great casual dining option in this coastal village. In the expansive outdoor dining area, choose from pub grub classics or contemporary bistro creations. With share options, a kids’ menu and daily specials, everyone will find something they can enjoy.
Want to sample some of the local wines, why not Zigi’s Bar? With a carefully curated drinks list showcasing the highlights of the Mornington Peninsula wine landscape, you won’t be disappointed. If gin is more your thing, they offer a Gin High tea – the perfect way to reconnect with friends in style.
New kid on the block, Plonk and Stink (yes, we know, what a great name!) has just opened their doors as a wine and cheese bar. Offering wine and cheese flights, they pair Victorian wines with Victorian cheeses for the perfect flavour combo. What’s not to love?
As our local businesses continue to reinvent local experiences, we can all make a difference. Stay, play and explore local – you might be surprised what you rediscover in your own backyard.
Contact one of our Visitor Information Centres by stopping by, or calling to chat with one of our friendly local experts.
Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre
Address: 359B Point Nepean Road, Dromana. Phone: 03 59501579
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