Mornington is popular sea-side holiday destination, situated on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula, fronting Port Phillip, and located between the exclusive beachside suburbs of Mount Eliza and Mount Martha.
Mornington has a long history dating back to 1802 when explorer Matthew Flinders landed at Schnapper Point. These days, Schnapper Point provides a boat-launching ramp, jetty, yacht club, restaurant and scenic walks providing scenic views along the coast.
Mornington has a number of beaches, some of which are located at the base of rocky cliffs which dominate part of the coastline in this area. Along the eastern side of Schnapper Point is the sheltered Mothers Beach and Scout Beach, while Shire Hall Beach and Mills Beach are located further east along the coast. Around a kilometre south of Schnapper Point is Fishermans Beach which ends at the scenic rocky outcrop of Linley Point where there are boat ramps and scenic viewing spots along the coast.
Mornington's attractive commercial centre extends along Main Street, which is lined by almost a kilometre of speciality shops, restaurants and cafes, many offering outdoor dining. Situated behind the shops along the eastern side of Main Street is Centro Mornington - an undercover shopping mall facility built on the site of the former Mornington railway station.
Mornington's original post office, built in 1863 at the corner of Main Street and The Esplanade, now operates as a museum displaying old telecommunications equipment and items relating to local history. On the other side of Main Street is the old court house (built in 1860) and the former police station lock-up (1862).
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