TOP 10 REASONS TO MOVE TO MORNINGTON
Mornington boasts a safe Harbour – which even had a visit from a Southern Right Whale – and is visited by fishermen, swimmers, snorkellers, photographers and families alike. Shire Hall beach, Fisherman’s Beach and Mills Beach are all family friendly with plenty of sand, beach boxes and great views towards the Melbourne City skyline.
Mornington has a number of fabulous eateries, from the 4 hotels, one in the Main Street, called the Grand Hotel. Two on the Esplanade - The Royal Hotel and Kirks Hotel, with the fourth at the corner of Nepean Highway and Tanti Avenue, The Mornington Hotel. All provide excellent food, wines, spirits and beers on tap. The Mornington RSL and Steeples at the Racecourse also offer family pub food and refreshments.
Plus there are numerous little bakeries, cafes and restaurants, many dotted along the Main Street, with others in surrounding areas like the Industrial Estate, and the 4 shopping centres.
An invigorating walk along the Esplanade walking track and the Beleura Cliff Walk gives you amazing views across the Bay to the Bellarine Peninsula and the City skyline. Watch the ships cruise by as you walk, jog, or stop along the walk. There is also access to the beaches along this walk. Dotted throughout the residential areas, are a number of interconnecting tracks, enabling you to walk from Mornington to Mount Martha and the Briars.
Mornington Park is located at the bottom of Main Street, close to the Pier. It is home to many activities, and is great for families. It includes a playground with a large wooden ‘pirate’ ship, swings, slide and nearby barbecue areas.
Narambi Reserve is located in Narambi Road and is perfect for families. It features an oval, pavilion, BBQ facilities, leash free dog area and playground.
Elsie Dorrington Reserve in located in Wellington Street and is home to the local Mornington Nepean netball Association, with seven netball courts. It also features a playground, drinking water, seating, public toilets, netball pavilion and change rooms.
Dallas Brooks Park is a large ground with football oval and six soccer pitches, two pavilions and public toilets.
CB Wilson Reserve is located in Wilsons Road and features an oval, playground, picnic tables, seating, baseball diamonds and a pavilion, it is the home ground of the local Baseball Club.
Civic Reserve is a recently completed state of the art sporting complex, featuring 12 Tennis Courts, lawn bowls and croquet clubs, soccer pitches, athletics track, two court multi-sport stadium, child care, gymnasium, and table tennis. Located near the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington skate park and the Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens.
Alexandra Park is located on the corner of Main Street and Hampden Street and is home to our local Football and Cricket clubs. It features an oval, cricket practice nets, public toilet, change and social rooms.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is Located off Mornington Tyabb Road and is home to many splendid exhibitions, with artwork from local, national and international Artists throughout the year. It also provide workshops and training for adults and children.
Oak Hill Gallery is located nearby, is more intimate and also provides workshops and training for budding artists. With exhibitions being held throughout the year, and a school holiday creative kids club, there is something for everyone at this Gallery.
For your school aged children, we have several public and private schools, as well as childcare facilities and early learning centres.
Public Primary Schools:
Mornington Primary School, Vale Street
Mornington Park Primary School, Robertson Drive
Benton Junior College, Racecourse Road
Private Primary Schools:
St McCartan’s Primary School, Bungower Road
Public Secondary Schools:
Mornington Secondary College, Nepean Highway
Private Secondary Schools:
Padua College, Oakbank Road
Other excellent schools are close by, at Mount Martha and Mount Eliza.
#7 SHOPPING CENTRES
Mornington boasts 5 shopping centres. Each centre also has a number of specialty shops. Whether you are shopping for food, beverages, beds, appliances, furniture, pet supplies, office supplies, etc. you will find what you are looking for right here in Mornington.
Two Private hospitals - Beleura Private and The Bays Hospital. Both provide excellent inpatient and outpatient services. Allied Health services are also catered for with a myriad of medical & dental surgeries, physiotherapy, podiatry etc. No matter your health, you will receive excellent care close to home.
Public Health facilities are provided by Peninsula Health and include The Mornington Centre – a 90 bed Geriatric Evaluation and Management facility, providing a full range of specialist medical, nursing and allied health services.
#9 GOLF COURSE
The Mornington Golf Course is home to the Mornington Peninsula’s Premier Golf Club. Built along high along the clifftops it occupies one of the most spectacular positions with stunning views across to the City and the Bellaraine Peninsula. With 19 holes and a fabulous restaurant, this is a golf course that you won’t ever want to leave!
#10 RETIREMENT VILLAGES
Mornington also has several retirement villages, Beleura Village on Bungower Road, Peninsula Grange on Racecourse Road, and The Mornington Retirement Village on Mornington Tyabb Road. Aged care facilities can also be found on Racecourse Road - By the Bay Community Care on the corner of Bentons road and Racecourse Road, plus Racecourse Grange, opposite the Peninsula Grange.
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Mornington Main Street is the thriving hub of the town. With its many specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, galleries and hidden gems, there is something for everyone.
Every Wednesday, the street comes to life with the Wednesday Street Market. Stall holders are locals and sell local produce. From fresh vegetables, plants, bakery treats, jewellery, photography, paintings, the list is endless. You can easily spend a lazy Wednesday wondering along the Main Street, checking out all the local vendors and do some great window shopping too.
The Industrial Estate is home to many local businesses and must not be missed as an area to explore.
Literally any product or service you need can be found in Mornington.
For your fur babies, there are even off leash fenced dog parks dotted around the town. Plus, we have our own gorgeous tourist railway, with the train running on the 4th Sunday of the month from September to April.
Mornington also has a diverse range of accommodation, ranging from over 55's caravan parks, units, townhouses, houses, mansions and acreage lifestyle properties. Prices vary inn value from $200,000 for a home in the over 55's caravan park, to up to $6,000,000 or more for the prestigious homes in the Beleura Hill area, with stunning views of our Mornington Harbour and across to the city skyline.
Generally, the town is divided by the Nepean Highway, and folk refer to the "beachside" being on the beachside of Nepean Highway. A property which is located on the beachside attracts a higher price tag, than that on the other side. It is highly desirable as you can easily walk to the beach and/or Main Street. However, the other side of the Nepean Highway is very popular with families, the block sizes in the area vary from 300m2 to up to 1 acre. There are several "estates" where you can find a substantial home on a large block of land, eg Eden Park Estate, off Racecourse Road, between Bungower Road and Mornington Tyabb Road. Summerfield Estate is also off Racecourse Road, between Mornington Tyabb Road and Bentons Road. Generally between Racecourse Road and Dunns Road, the homes are on 500-800m2 and are popular with families, as they are close to the Benton Junior College. From Dunns Road to Nepean Highway you will find a combination of homes on smaller land, as well as subdivided lots of 2-8 units/townhouses. Ideal for the retiree who does not want to move into a retirement village, but still be able to live independently and close to all facilities.
At the gateway of the Mornington Peninsula, Mornington is the ideal location to base yourself if you are visiting. Within easy distance of World Class Golf Courses, wineries, breweries, art galleries, National Parks, creeks, waterways, hinterland, farmland, Port Phillip Bay beaches and stunning surf, coastal bays and incredible walks, it’s beauty tugs at your heartstrings with every turn.
If you are thinking of making the move to Mornington, make sure you give us a call, being local residents for more than half a century, we are well placed to help you choose the best place to live and to call home.