Suburb Profiles

Hastings


Towards the Foreshore

Hastings is a seaside community that is rapidly developing as the main commercial centre for Westernport. Take a leisurely stroll down High Street past the many specialty boutiques with cafes spilling out onto the pavement and you will begin to have a sense of the casual, friendly ambience of the local community.  As you approach the beautiful foreshore reserve, past the John Coleman memorial our hidden jewel is revealed. Shady walking tracks wind through stands of trees and up along the breakwater where boats bob at anchor….sound inviting..? On to our state of the art Pelican Park recreation centre with indoor pool complex and of course the cafe which offers alfresco dining with a view… Don’t miss a walk on the Pier past the famous fish shed and some very nice yachts or a visit to the beautiful Hastings Marina while you’re there.

Originally a fishing village Hastings boasts some of the best, safe recreational fishing in Victoria with easy access for boats and vehicles – watch the tide though! For shopping, you never have to travel far with 3 major supermarkets, K’mart and a new Bunnings under construction. With easy access to Melbourne(1 hour), excellent public transport Hastings is popular with young families, lifestyle sea-changers and retirees alike.

Poised to become the major container port for Melbourne (North of town) there has been a great investment in infastructure and road improvement which  continue to create many local employment and investment opportunities. I highly recommend Hastings as a fantastic lifestyle choice.

For more information click on the Hastings link below

http://hastings.org.au/

Crib Point


Woolleys Beach

If it’s a peaceful community with lots of friendly faces that appeals, look no further than Crib Point.  Host to the largest combined forces training facility in the Southern Hemisphere, HMAS Cerberus (you’d never know it’s there), Crib Point offers a blend of natural bush, semi rural and seaside surrounds. With just enough convenience so you can avoid the hustle and bustle and wander down to the ‘Cellars’ for a paper or have a beer at the local tavern, you’ll wonder at your good fortune at discovering this little haven.

For a bit of real solitude there is the scenic pebble beach down at Woolleys beach reserve where you can gaze out over placid waters and contemplate life, or try your luck on the jetty at Stony Point further down.

With a regular train and bus service, chemist, medical clinic, friendly post office and 2 great primary schools this is a great little town with that nice old fashioned sense of community.

For more information check out the link below

http://cribpoint.com.au

Bittern

View from Kinfauns in BitternBeautiful Bittern began as a livestock trading centre and rail yard where the farming community gathered to ply their wares.  Since then, Bittern has become a tree change lifestyle choice for those looking for space and natural surrounds, a small equestirian property or perhaps to try their hand at wine making….

With the unspoiled native environment of Warrangine Park (hemmed by the luxurious ‘Kinfauns’ estate) which extends through bushlands, wetlands, and on to the foreshore and boardwalk at Hastings, there is much hidden wonder for the naturalist to discover.

Bittern has an excellent Primary School, train and bus service and is soon to boast a brand new village shopping centre where the General Store is now. I highly recommend Bittern as a unique lifestyle alternative.

 Somers


Peaceful Somers

Somers began as a sleepy seaside holiday retreat for city dwellers who coveted their privacy and seclusion. Essentially a transient population who housed themselves in an eclectic mix of fibro kit homes and interesting owner designed beachside escapes. Since then Somers has well come of age and boasts some of the most spectacular homes with panoramic ocean views to die for.

Still a more exclusive area, yet now with more like 60% permanent dwellers who may commute to Melbourne or the South Eastern suburbs and enjoy the sea air while at home. The local general store caters for all basic needs and the beautiful sheltered beaches are rarely crowded.

Somers is home to the famous Coolart homestead purchased in 1895 by Frederick Sheppard Grimwade. He built the imposing homestead as the family’s country retreat. Between 1907 and 1937 Coolart was held at different times by Thomas Armstrong, James Balmain and John Sylvester Feehan. The late Tom Luxton purchased the property in 1937 and immediately had the property declared a sanctuary for native wildlife and embarked upon a program of habitat development.

See the link below for more information

http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=50

Tyabb


Sleepy Tyabb….and ”that’s the way we like it” say locals who enjoy semi rural surrounds and a village atmosphere only 15 mins from Frankston and close to freeway links.  Originally an area of fruit growers and graziers, Tyabb has since developed the reputation as an Antiques village with many interesting collections to view, not the least of which is the old packing house which could keep you entertained for days!!

Boasting it’s own regional airfield – try the Peninsula Aero Club for lessons, the old aircraft factory and one of the best annual air-shows you will see!  Tyabb offers a great lifestyle alternative to all….. Whether it’s a stylish new home, a place in the old village, a couple of acres on the ridge or a small farm, I highly recommend a look at Tyabb…

And for those lessons…..don’t be chicken, click below….

http://www.bestaviation.net/school/Peninsula_Aero_Club/