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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 26th 2013
For a seaside city escape
Flinders, the seaside town with rolling green hills dotted with Angus cattle, horses and the odd kangaroo, has magnificent sea views, boutique shops, local surfers and scuba divers, cute holiday cottages and home to some very wealthy and notable people.

Beach cottage in Flinders

So what has Flinders got that makes the median house prices budge over the $1 million dollar mark and how do we mere mortals enjoy Flinders without being millionaires?

Easy! Flinders is an enjoyable town for all, you could be a farmer in gumboots and overalls, or head to toe in Prada and Versace, it doesn't make a difference in Flinders and no one seems to notice.

History of Flinders Bakery

First stop in town would have to be the Flinders Bakery, meals are simple and tasty, prices are reasonable, it's always busy but there always seems to be one more table available in the garden, out the front or in the bakery. I haven't had a bad meal in the years I've been here, though service isn't always great. I recommend the seafood linguine or the simple toasted sandwiches with rare beef, sun-dried tomato, swiss cheese and rocket. Yum!

Get Down Dog Pizza

If you're after something different, the pizza at Get Down Dog are the best I've eaten apart from a little old Italian lady who was our neighbour, her pizzas are never likely to be beaten by anyone. They they do a great wood fired pizza and value for money is pretty good.

Chocolate shop

The Flinders chocolate shop comes highly recommended for some window shopping. The chocolates look amazing, the detail of the bigger chocolates is impressive but the down side is they are expensive, at $22.50 for a box of 10 (120 grams). My favourite chocolate is the orange flavoured chips that are bagged up in children's sizes and are only $2.

Flinders Hotel

Flinders hotel has been fully renovated and looks fantastic. On the weekends it's packed. The hotel has had many favourable reviews but I haven't actually visited yet, maybe some readers could share their experiences.

Vanilla slice at the fish and chip shop

Guinness World Record winning vanilla slice at a whopping 508.11kg

The fish and chip shop is where you will find all the surfer types and young families, it's extremely popular and they even have the Guinness World Record for the biggest vanilla slice ever made. You can get your slice from here too but make sure you have a good appetite !

Flinders playground

Okay, so there is more to Flinders than just food. There is a great playground in the middle of town that has slides, swings, climbing frames and wooden bridges. The playground is surrounded by flat lush grass, perfect for picnics and ball sports.

A golf course that possibly has the best views of any golf course in Australia.

Flinders pier

The Flinders pier is popular for wedding photography, scuba diving, fishing, snorkelling, strolling and swimming under. Sailing is another popular activity, with a small yacht club just to the right of the pier.

At certain times of the year you can buy fresh mussels straight off the boat.

View across from the golf course

Flinders Ocean beach is accessed from driving around the golf course on Golf Links Rd, follow the signs into the parking area. This is a popular spot for rock pool rambling on low tide. Its official name is the Mushroom Marine Sanctuary and provides divers and snorkelers with a wonderful opportunity to discover marine life.

Flinders cliff tops

Some great walks can be found just outside of Flinders, my favourite being Bushrangers Bay, a scenic coastal walk that takes you to a secluded bay. If you go during the week it's likely you wont see anyone else, however on the weekends it's a different story.

Another is a short walk to the Flinders Blowhole.

Surfing is an activity that gets the crowds to Flinders. I'm not a surfer so I can't tell you the best spot but it doesn't usually take too long to work it out, you will know when you see lots of cars by the side of the road for no apparent reason. They are there to surf.

Flinders also hosts many events during the year such as the annual art show on Queen's Birthday weekend, a market which is held a few times a year, open gardens that are a part of the Australian Open Garden scheme.

History sign

A stroll around the township and down to the pier will give you a good history lesson of the old fishing village. Signs are located in places of interest starting from the playground.

If you like looking at old churches there is a nice little one on King St.

Flinders General Store

What makes Flinders so appealing is the laid back sea side meets the country feel to it and best of all it's not too far from the city yet it feels a million miles away.

Public transport is available with the 782 Frankston to Flinders bus. Catch the train from Melbourne to Frankston and then the 782 bus to Flinders.

View over Flinders pier
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Why? To visit the seaside
When: All year round
Where: Cook St, Flinders
Cost: Varies depending on activity
Your Comment
That view makes golf seem more appealing to me. The jerry is perfect, what a lovely bay.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 3184 days ago
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 3184 days ago
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