HASTINGS

Hastings is encounted when traveling the Westernport and Mornington Peninsula circuit route. Hastings is also the ‘capitol’ of the Western Port Bay region. Surrounded by farmlands it is still very much a country town with a strong sense of local community.

Hastings is situated on an inlet on Western Port a major port and important environmental area. Hastings has multiple marinas and is home to many recreational boating activities.

Hastings is thought to be named after a fishing village in England or the British imperial administrator Warren Hastings for reasons not explained. Previously known as King’s Creek and Star Point. Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with fishing being the main industry. Growth took place from the 1850s into the 1870s as the township developed.

In 2004 Hastings was the overall winner of the Victorian Tidy Town Awards held by the Keep Australia Beautiful Network, but rapid growth is recent years has seen the beginning of the developers poison. I.e.  Growth at any cost.

The congregational churches are all modern buildings. The old Cathoilic and United being the oldest and with the most character.

The single downtown pub is the oldest surviving early history structure. The hgy pub is just a large barn.

The Hastings War Memorial is beautifully sited. The tribute to George Ingram VC is excellent.

The tribute to John Coleman, likewise is well done.

Sadly, there is no museum and therefore no heritage so a breakdown in values is apparent.

If you are a sailor you will love Hastings.

Heritage diary

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course