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Published January 26th 2017
Eat, shop, explore and golf in Flinders
Just an hour and a bit from Melbourne, the charming village of Flinders awaits. The village and its surrounds offer many activities for the day or overnight visitor. You can enjoy good food, spectacular landscapes, local art and craft, serene bush walks to ocean water sports, fishing and many friendly cellar doors in the near vicinity.
One of the inviting cafes in Flinders - Georgie Bass Cafe and Cookery
Beaches Flinders is located on the Mornington Peninsula and offers calm beaches along Western Port Bay, as well as the more rugged ocean beaches looking across to Bass Strait. Rock pools for exploring and a rugged coastline are typical of this area and provide activities for children, hikers and even kite gliders. In Flinders itself, Bass Park provides spectacular views down to the Flinders Jetty and across Western Port.
Restaurants and Cafes
The Deck Bar and Bistro at the Flinders Hotel (aka the Local Pub) serves small and bigger plates for lunch and dinner every day of the week in a casual and friendly environment. With its adjoining playground it's a perfect place for a family meal.
Cook and Norman offer delicious Italian food for dinner at Trattoria and lunch at Sorellina (the little sister). Both restaurants are open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Playing golf The Flinders Golf Course is situated above the cliffs and ocean beaches to the south, overlooking the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary and bordering the Mornington Peninsula National Park. The golf course is a gently undulating course with spectacular views along the way. All the holes have names but don't be put off by Hole Number 4, the so-called Coffin. The course is not difficult and is suitable for all level of players. Non-club members are welcome at all times, except when competitions are on.
For a small village Flinders offers a wide variety of quality shopping, ranging from antiques and galleries to homewares and artisan chocolates. The Nook is a wonderful gift shop that makes you want to linger. Toys, books, scarves, ceramics, decorations, candles and so much more fill the light space and will surely help you find that special present.
Another shop worth exploring for homewares and gifts is C.H.Holt. Here, homewares such as table mats, rugs and lighting sit alongside interesting pictures and artefacts.
For clothes shopping and accessories as well as homewares Tree 1 sells interesting, high quality clothing and accessories such as belts and small bags as well as gifts. If after something edible and totally delicious, make sure you stop at Mornington Peninsula Chocolates. Just walking into the shop will provide a feast for the senses and once you taste one of their hand-crafted, exquisite chocolates you will not be able to stop. Just writing this makes me want to reach for one of their chocolates.....
There are many more shopping adventures to be had and you can check them all here.
Tree 1 sells homewares as well as high-quality clothing
So why not visit one of these days or stay for a weekend or a short break and enjoy all that Flinders has to offer. There are many other places to visit a short distance from Flinders such as Cape Schanck, so you will never run out of things to do.