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Flinders, Victoria

Updated on August 13, 2014
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

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Where is Flinders?

Flinders is situated on the Mornington Peninsula in southern Victoria, Australia, about 86 km from Melbourne. However, it is not on popular Port Phillip Bay, but right at the western entrance to Western Port Bay, and this is called West Head. West Head juts out and makes a marvellous shelter, shielding Flinders pier and Yacht Club from the frequently rough waters of Bass Strait.

When we were children, Flinders was known as a township, but today that has been shortened to 'town,' although it has a permanent population of less than nine hundred people. Although it is, for Australia, quite an old settled area, it remains delightfully rural.

Looking Across to West Head.
Looking Across to West Head. | Source

Flinders and Bass

On the cliff above the pier, there is a monument to the discovery of Flinders. Both Matthew Flinders and George Bass had been born in Lincolnshire. Flinders became a sailor, while Bass studied medicine and was admitted as a member of the Company of Surgeons in London at the age of 18! Both were adventurous and came on ships to Sydney in its early days.

In 1797 Captain Matthew Flinders, aged about 23, with his friend, George Bass, now a British Surgeon with the Royal Navy and around three years older than Flinders, set out together along with four others to explore the coast of southern Australia. They were in an open whale boat and must have had a rough trip at times, but it was amazing how much they discovered.

At that time, it was thought that Tasmania was joined to the mainland, but the long rolling waves and strong tides intrigued Flinders and he found that Tasmania was an island. He named the sea between Tasmania and Victoria after his friend, Bass. Because of rough weather, they spent a couple of weeks in Western Port.

Wherever Flinders went, he made accurate charts. He eventually became the first man to circumnavigate Australia and his charts were so good that some of them are still used today.

A Rainbow over Phillip Island
A Rainbow over Phillip Island | Source

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Flinders Pier

As the water is sheltered, Flinders Pier has long been an attraction for visitors. We loved to go there as children and watch the enthusiastic fishermen with their rods and lines. Along the wooden pier in those days there were many marks from the black 'ink' squirted out by squid. Although it is winter and the wind was cold, there were still several fishermen trying their luck there.

The wooden pier is quite long, a quarter of a kilometre, and it is still there, but today there is a shorter concrete pier beside it. In summer Flinders is popular for sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.

Driving Down the Road to the Pier
Driving Down the Road to the Pier | Source

The Main Suburban Railway Station in Melbourne is also named after the explorer

Down to the Pier

The town is set high above the sea and some of the houses have lovely views across to Phillip Island. There is a road down to the pier. It is fairly narrow and steep and it is best to drive cautiously. However, it is worth going down at this time of the year, as there is quite a bit of parking available and the view is worth it, even if you don't get out of the car. There are also picnic tables and toilet facilities not far from the Yacht Club.

Looking Towards Bass Strait
Looking Towards Bass Strait | Source

Flinders Golf Club

If, instead of turning to go down to the pier, the signposts are followed, you can come out at the Flinders Golf Club. This is very popular because of the wonderful views and we sometimes see it on TV when there are big competitions.

Flinders Golf Club is situated on West Head so both Western Port Bay and Bass Strait can be seen.

Looking Towards Phillip Island and The Nobbies; Blue Wren on the Post
Looking Towards Phillip Island and The Nobbies; Blue Wren on the Post | Source

Phillip Island and The Nobbies

In the photograph above we can see Phillip Island, popular with tourists for the viewing station that offers great sightings of the Little Penguins as they come ashore at dusk. When we were children there was no viewing station, but our parents would allow us to sit on the beach and watch if we stayed very still.

To the right of Phillip Island are the large rocks known as The Nobbies. These are the home of numbers of seals and it's fun to watch them too.

Momentarily perched on a post in the foreground is a blue wren. They're rarely still and hop around on the thinnest of legs, the males flashing their lovely colours.

Firetail on the Post
Firetail on the Post | Source

The Cliff Walk

The man in this photo is directing some friends towards the cliff walk, which, presumably they had come down with enthusiasm, but were less keen on the stiff climb back up.

The bird on the post in the foreground is a sweet little fire-tail, although the red is difficult to see in the photograph.

Rabbits Everywhere
Rabbits Everywhere | Source

Introduced Species

Back at the top of the cliff we were surprised at the number of rabbits. They did not seem very afraid of us, although they kept their distance. In Australia, we have a number of introduced species that we could well do without, although rabbits have been useful food for people at times.

On this visit, our time was limited, so we only passed through the town, but we know that the shops, hotel and gallery are popular with tourists and that the town has an atmosphere all of its own. We must stop for longer next time and renew our acquaintance there.

© 2014 Bronwen Scott-Branagan

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Oh! LOL! Thank you for the explanation. It's been winter here and I've been hibernating, or almost, but it will soon be spring, the temperature is gradually rising and the daffodils, violets and blossom trees are all budding with promise. Thanks for your reply.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey Blossom What's up? means how are you , what's going , how things some it all up how are things going with you. LOL ! Forgive me i forgot everyone doesn't talk trini twang lol.

      You're welcome darling

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      arifur zaman: Thank you - and I love that place.

      LadyFiddler: Thank you so much for your comments and your good wishes. I'm interested in your first comment: 'what's up?' and wondering what it means - in Australia it means 'What's wrong? What's the problem?" I think it may be something different where you are.

      AudreyHowitt: It is! Thank you for your comment.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Lovely hub Blossom, I haven't been to Victoria for about 35 years, terrible isn't it? I live in the same country after all. Unfortunately most of our holidays are spent visiting our children and grandchildren in Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin so unfortunately we don't have a son or daughter in Victoria. Flinders does look like a beautiful place and I know I would enjoy the rural feel of the place. I am not a city person, I enjoy peace and quiet. I hope to get there one day, you never know. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This looks like a wonderful place to visit!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey BlossomSB what's up ? Very beautiful place i love your pictures of nature :)

      I am wishing you a fantastic week :)

      God bless U.

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      arifur zaman 3 years ago

      it's a awesome hub ..............love it

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: Thank you so much. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

      travmaj: We are lucky - or blessed - here in Victoria with all the variety, and yet we are one of the smaller states. I love Phillip Island, too, but I have so many happy memories of the Peninsula from when I was tiny.

      Frank Atanacio: So glad you visited with me. Perhaps one day you might visit and see it for yourself. As you write, it is a peaceful place, great for refreshing the heart, although that sea can be something in stormy weather, too - and that's good for blowing away all the cobwebs.

      Faith Reaper: Thank you for your lovely comments and I just love your beautiful hub on faith. Welcome back! Perhaps one day we can welcome you to Victoria and Flinders, as well.

      teachers12345: Yes, there are lovely walks there, along the beach and along the cliff tops, where there are lots of other creatures and different kinds of birds, so lovely to see and enjoy.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      What a nice place and so lovely to walk I'm sure. I got a kick out of the rabbits you mentioned at the end.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I love traveling the world via your hubs, Blossom! Your photos are always phenomenal. I would love to visit Flinders. Thank you for always sharing of your world travels. They are always such interesting places and many that I have never heard of before.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting and pinning

      God bless you.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      sounds like a peaceful piece of heaven Flinders.. yeah I think I'd like to visit it someday... the photos are breathtaking ( at least the water pics that it ) lol voted awesome

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Hi Blossom, yes Flinders is a lovely spot although we haven't visited for some time. Enjoyed the visit with you. Phillip island is my favourite haunt, just love it. We are lucky here in Victoria.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You always have lovely hubs, lucky you, you get to travel to so many beautiful places. Enjoyed reading and seeing the pictures. Thank you...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      PegCole17: I'm so glad you enjoyed your armchair tour and thank you for your lovely comments.

      bluebird: Travelling is a real experience and one that helps us to grow and learn. I hope you do go there one day.

      FlourishAnyway: Thank you. I love to drive down on the Peninsula and don't do it half often enough. We get so bound up in our daily lives.

      Ericdierker: Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the visit - so did I, it's so refreshing to visit different places.

      srddn: Thank you for your lovely comment.

      Scarface1300: I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's a pleasure to share.

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      Scarface1300 3 years ago

      Fascinating words and a wonderful hub. Thanks

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      blossomsb, thanks for introducing such a beautiful place.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful hub and a nice visit. Thank you

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful place. I loved your trip there, especially the rabbits. Thanks for sharing the details of your journey.

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      bluebird 3 years ago

      Traveling is a real experience, I'd love to go here. Thanks for sharing with us this very beautiful and interesting place. I enjoyed the pictures and the one of the many rabbits! Very interesting.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a lovely tour through this peninsula. These pictures are postcard quality and your description of the place is intriguing. Yes, I'd love to see this place for myself someday. Bucket list material.