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Mornington Peninsula Living

As much as the beaches are beautiful, there’s so much more to Western Port Bay than its captivating coastline. Firstly there are villages like Hastings, Crib Point, Bittern, Balnarring and Somers nestled alongside Bass Strait and not far away are leafy Red Hill, Main Ridge and Arthurs Seat. These coastal towns are where you’ll find rolling hills of grazing land, coastal national parks and a selection of top class wineries, golf courses and five star restaurants, which include Tyabb the quaint village of antiques. No other region in Australia can lay claim to such distinction and these brilliant wineries and eateries are a great reason to motor around the leafy countryside and treat the eye as well as the palate.

Melding the delights of a metropolitan lifestyle with the comforts of country living, the Western Port area serves as an oasis for people wanting to stay active, educate kids in good schools and live in safe, close-knit communities. Surrounding natural wonders, with a focus on water activities such as boating and fishing, coupled with the many parks and recreation facilities offer Western Port residents a healthy country living alternative. The Western Port way of life is a respite from the urban frenzy of nearby Melbourne, but not too distant where the influences of the city are lost. When it comes to ordering a good coffee; from rustic style cafés to chic modern eateries, the options for a top brew are plentiful.

A true boater’s paradise, Western Port Bay is both culturally and economically diverse, its close proximity and excellent infrastructure make commuting into Melbourne, easy and convenient. The area’s laid-back charm stems from the many agricultural businesses including farms, stables and the burgeoning Mornington Peninsula wine region. Hastings is known for its vibrant industrial area with lots of small workshops and factories tucked in behind the township. On the town’s fringe, ESSO, BHP and Bluescope Steel employ many local workers and are home to gas and steel production and fabrication along with other technology and scientific research facilities.