Heritage Places

1. Heritage on the Mornington Peninsula

There are currently approximately 380 places of individual heritage significance listed on the Heritage Overlay of the Mornington Peninsula local planning scheme. In addition, there are several heritage precincts listed on the Heritage Overlay, with the most extensive being the Sorrento Historic Precinct.

Download: Heritage Trail Map(PDF, 4MB) (PDF, 4MB)

Over 70 heritage places on the Mornington Peninsula are currently listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (a list of places of State significance).

There is one place of National heritage significance within Mornington Peninsula Shire: the former Point Nepean Quarantine Station.

All heritage places, whether of local, State, or National significance, are listed on the Heritage Overlay of the local planning scheme.

2. Historical Societies and Local Heritage

The Mornington Peninsula Library maintains the Mornington Peninsula Local History Network which can be used to find your local historical society.

Visit the local history page at Our Library through the following link: Mornington Peninsula Library - Local History


3. Information on Heritage Overlay Places

Every heritage place has a citation or ‘Statement of Significance’ that explains why it is a significant heritage place.

The citations for each heritage place are usually located in the heritage study that led to them being heritage listed. A small number of places do not have entries in a heritage study.

On the Mornington Peninsula there are four separate heritage studies covering the various areas of the Shire prior to the 1994 amalgamation: the former Shires of Flinders, Hastings and Mornington and part of the City of Frankston

Copies of the four studies are available for inspection in any of the Shire's libraries. Alternatively, they are available for download.

Hastings District Heritage Study Vol. 1(PDF, 9MB)
Hastings District Heritage Study Vol. 2(PDF, 4MB)

Shire of Flinders Heritage Study - Part 1(PDF, 9MB) - (Photos removed due to download time. Contact (03) 5950 1928 if required)
Strategic Heritage Flinders Study - Part 2(PDF, 7MB) - (Photos removed due to download time. Contact (03) 5950 1928 if required)

Shire of Mornington Heritage Study - Part 1(PDF, 12MB)
Shire of Mornington Heritage Study - Part 2(PDF, 14MB)
(Former) City of Frankston Heritage Study(PDF, 4MB)

If you are seeking information on a particular place, you will need to know which former Shire it was located in. The citation can be found alphabetically by the street address in the relevant study for that area.

If you cannot find a citation for a place, it may be one of a small number of places that do not have a citation in a heritage study. Please contact the Shire's Heritage Planner.

The Council is undertaking  a review of its heritage studies, aiming for a single unified study for the Mornington Peninsula. As part of this project the Mornington Peninsula Shire Thematic History has been completed.  In addition Stage 1 of the review has been completed in relation to the areas of Mt Eliza, Mornington and Mt Martha.  Refer to Heritage Study Review & Thematic History(PDF, 4MB) page for further details.

The Shire also has a number of conservation management plans for buildings and areas it fully or partially manages. These heritage places include:

  • The Briars Historic Park (VHR Place H0320)
  • The Collins Settlement Site (VHR Place H1050)
  • Ranelagh Estate (VHR Place H1605)
  • Police Point Shire Park (VHR Place H2030)
  • Mount Martha House (VHR Place H1901)

4. Information on other Heritage places

Information on heritage places can also be obtained from other sources. The most useful are:

  • Visit Victorian Heritage Register to search listings of places of State significance (the database also includes: Victorian War Heritage inventory, National Trust listings, and local heritage listings)

There is no fee to search the online database.

There is no fee to search the online Register, but this only includes the basic information and the Statement of Significance for Classified sites. There may be more information in the file kept at the Trust's offices at 4 Parliament Place, East Melbourne 3004, which can be searched for a fee.