Hastings is located on the Mornington Peninsula, fronting the western shore of Western Port, between Tyabb and Bittern.
Hastings is the administrative centre of the Western Port area and its heavy industries include the Esso-BHP oil refinery and the BlueScope Steel plant which is one of Victoria's largest manufacturing operations.
Hastings is an attractive town, featuring a modern commercial centre which extends several blocks along High Street and right down to the attractive Western Port foreshore. There are three major supermarkets and several shopping complexes including Westernport Central in High Street and the Kmart store with speciality shops in Victoria Street.
Hastings' extensive foreshore area consists of large and grassy open spaces, native bush and mangroves along the water's edge. There are also several sporting facilities located on the foreshore including tennis courts, a bowling club and sports ovals. The Pelican Park Recreation Centre is situated on the waterfront and features an indoor heated lap pool, a gymnasium, spa & steam room and a kiosk. Adjoining the recreation centre is the Pelican Pantry Cafe, open 7 days a week and offering indoor dining or seating outside overlooking the bay where pelicans congregate. Next to Pelican Park is the historic Hastings Jetty which is a popular spot for fishing and boating activities.
One of the major attractions is Hastings is the Western Port Marina. Visitors enjoy use of the marina's attractive BBQ and picnic areas as well as the Galley Coffee Shop, the Anchorage Restaurant and Marina Bar. For boating enthusiasts, permanent and casual berthing is available. Enjoy a cruise on the Georgianna McHaffie - a grand sailing vessel available for charter, weddings, special events or romantic cruises.