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Flinders - Shoreham - Point Leo

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Flinders - Shoreham - Point Leo is 1,769, with a population density of 0.23 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Flinders - Shoreham - Point Leo is bounded by Shands Road, Shoreham Road, Hillcrest Road, a line running between Hillcrest Road and Point Leo Road, Point Leo Road and Frankston-Flinders Road in the north, a line running north-south, east of Point Leo Road and Western Port in the east, Bass Strait in the south, and Main Creek, Lightwood Creek, a line bounding the south of the Greens Bush section of Mornington Peninsula National Park, Main Creek, Baldrys Road, Mornington-Flinders Road and a line bounding the south of the Main Ridge Flora Reserve, north to Shands Road in the west.

Name origin

Flinders is named after the explorer Matthew Flinders. It was originally known as Black Head.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing and timber-getting. Population was minimal until the 1850s and 1860s. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population increased between 1991 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased. The population declined between 2006 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Flinders - Shoreham - Point Leo is a mainly rural area, with some residential areas in townships along the coast, and a significant proportion of holiday homes.

Major features

Major features of the area include parts of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, Flinders Golf Club, Royal Australian Navy Gunnery School, Guides Victoria Iluka Eco Retreat, Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens, Ocean Beach, Point Leo Surf Beach, Shoreham Beach, Bass Park, Buxton Woodland Reserve, Flinders Recreation Reserve/B A Cairns Reserve, Raws Reserve, Flinders Jetty, Point Leo and various wineries/vineyards.