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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mornington Coast

I visited Mornington on Wednesday afternoon January 20, 2010.

It's a sea side town 57 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district, in the Local Government Area of the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington is known for its "village" atmosphere and its beautiful beaches. Mornington is a popular tourist destination with Melburnians who often make day trips to visit the area's bay beaches and wineries.

The town centre runs into the foreshore area and local beach.

The Post Office opened on 21 May 1856 as Schnapper Point and was renamed Mornington in 1864.

An earthquake measuring 6 on the Mercalli intensity scale struck the town on September 2, 1932 associated with the nearby Selwyn fault. Although no major damage or fatalities occurred it remains one of the strongest to strike an Australian urban area.

The town centre runs into the foreshore area and local beach, which features a yacht club, restaurant and park with playground facilities.

Mornington is an attractive destination for shopping and features some excellent restaurants and cafes.

I left the car on the cliff top, opposite the park, and walked down to the main beach. From there, I went out to the end of the long jetty. Then, it was up the hill to the Monument to Matthew Flinders, the rocky shore at Schnapper's Point, and the boardwalk along the clifftop.

I returned to the beach, and followed this past the bathing boxes to the west point, then back to the car.

The photos show the various attractions and water-based activities!

See all of the Photos of my visit,
which show the various attractions and water-based activities!

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