Living here in Hastings is all about the lifestyle. If you want the theatre and nightlife of city living this isn’t the place for you. But when the thermometer hits 25 degrees, everyone wants to put their boat in the water or go for a drive or bushwalk. There’s lots to do: Take a stroll down the mangrove-packed Marine Parade, explore the Hastings foreshore, visit the marina, or head to the Tyabb Art and Craft Village to hunt down a vintage treasure or shop for craft.
The beach vibe
We have easy access to the Mornington Peninsula coast. The family-friendly beaches of Dromana, Safety Beach and Mornington on sheltered Port Phillip Bay are just a 25-minute drive away. While you won’t see anyone surfing on the beaches of the bay, on the other side of the hill you can find waves at Balnarring and Flinders, as well as beautiful coastal walks around Gunnamatta.
This part of Victoria is perfect for a Sunday drive. It’s a rural area just a short distance from Melbourne and there is open road driving past beautiful farmland. It’s very popular for day trips – take in the farmland, the beaches, visit a winery or historic Coolart Homestead and wetlands wildlife reserve at Somers. It’s easy driving and wherever you go you’ll end up finding water somewhere.
Within a 40-minute drive of Hastings there are at least 20 golf courses. The terrain around Hastings and the Mornington Peninsula makes the courses pretty much weatherproof. No matter what the conditions are they are easy to play. And there is a heck of a lot of choice. As an indication of the quality of courses, the Australian Open was played at Moonah Links in Fingal in 2003 and 2005. And of course there is the RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s 18-hole championship course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Just 45 minutes away by car or ferry, Hastings is the ideal base for exploring Phillip Island. See penguins, koalas and seals, swim at calm bayside beaches, visit cellar doors and taste local produce, and enjoy the relaxed holiday vibe of Cowes.