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