Things to do
THINGS TO DO (apart from wine & food)
From the Peninsula Summer Music Festival in January to Christmas celebrations in December, the Flinders year is dotted with regular events.
St John’s Church Fete draws a big crowd of locals and summer visitors, keen to get their hands on home made treats, pickles, jams and preserves, cakes and biscuits, scones and cream. The Flinders Pet Show has become an essential part of the January fete, along with a popular veteran and vintage car show.
Children love the playground in the park, and the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens at Shoreham where gnomes are hidden throughout the gardens.
Swimming, surfing and snorkling fans have plenty to keep them absorbed. The Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary protects a large area at the ocean beach, reached via the golf course road. Dogs are not permitted on the ocean beach, to protect birds and other wildlife.
Boats can be launched beside the pier, while keen anglers congregate on the jetty. On the foreshore the Flinders Yacht Club overlooks Kennon Cove and Westernport Bay. Apart from regular yacht races the Club conducts a sailing school for children and adults in January.
Perched high on the cliff tops with views across to Phillip Island and Bass Strait, the Flinders Golf Club welcomes visitors. The Club is over 100 years old, with top quality playing conditions and a pretty reasonable 19th hole.
Scenic tours, drives and walks abound. Many walks between Cape Schanck and Flinders can be found at http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/PlacesToGo/Walks.aspx.
Particularly popular are the walk to Bushranger Bay and the Flinders Blowhole track. Head inland at dusk to see kangaroos quietly cropping vegetation in Greens Bush, a wildlife haven.
ANZAC Day is commemorated with a service in the Hall, followed by a walk to the Memorial Reserve overlooking the pier, where wreathes are laid and the Last Post sounded.
Those seeking a bit of retail therapy can ferret out all sorts of treasures in the local antique shops, fashion boutiques and charming gift and homewares establishments. The immensely popular Red Hill Market operates on the first Saturday in the month from September to May, closing only in the cold winter months.
Talking of winter, the Queen’s Birthday weekend coincides with the Flinders Art Show. The Art Show has been held annually for 50 years, and its proceeds provide financial support to many local institutions, organisations and charities.
So whether your interest is in visiting cultural attractions such as art galleries, heritage properties and gardens, or enjoying the beautiful scenery via drives and walks, or fishing, sailing, swimming and surfing at bay and ocean beaches, shopping or playing golf, Flinders is a great place to visit, unwind, relax and enjoy.