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Dromana is a bayside centre, nestled between Safety Beach and McCrae, and situated at the foot of the towering peak of Arthurs Seat, 66 km south of Melbourne. Population in 2011 was 5,126.

DROMANA FACTS Dromana's commercial centre is concentrated along the coastal boulevard of Point Nepean Road, with Arthurs Seat and its surrounding bushland providing a scenic backdrop to the shops and cafes along this route. Dromana's foreshore reserve lines the coast and consists of grassy picnic areas, shelters, walking tracks and designated camping areas. The calm, sandy beaches provide safe swimming and boating opportunities. Points of interest along the coast include the Dromana Pier and the rocky cutting at Anthony’s Nose where a boat ramp is situated. Heronswood is a historic property situated on an elevated 2 hectare allotment on Latrobe Parade, overlooking the bay. The house and surrounding gardens date back to 1871 and are open for visitors to explore and enjoy. The property includes a cafe which serves organic produce from the gardens and fresh food from local growers where possible. There is a retail shop and nursery, with garden workshops held regularly. Heronswood is managed by Diggers Club, Australia's largest garden club, which also looks after the cool climate St Erth Gardens at Blackwood in the Macedon Ranges.

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Dromana and neighboring Tuerong to the north, are home to a number of vineyards, some with cellar doors open for wine tasting. It is believed that the name Dromana is of Irish origin and that it came about from the influx of gold prospectors in the late 1830s. There is a Dromana on the tidal section of the Blackwater River, near Cappoquin, County Waterford in Ireland, and this is the most likely origin of the name. In 1841, Hugh Jamieson purchased 5,120 acres (2,070 ha), or eight square miles, of land from the Crown for ₤1 an acre under the terms of the short-lived Special Survey regulations. [2] The purchase included the northern part of the present suburb of Dromana to the east of Safety Beach. The area is known as Jamieson's Special Survey in cadastral surveys. The first subdivision of Crown lands in Dromana occurred in 1854.[3] Dromana Post Office opened on 12 April 1858.[4] The completion of its pier took place in 1872, allowing the shipping of produce to the city markets. In 1881, Dromana was well established as a seaside resort. continued next page...

December 2017

COFFEE SAFARI Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Dromana is a must visit destination with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when head down to this beautiful seaside township.

LANEWAY ESPRESSO 167 Point Nepean Road A fun café with great coffee and meals and a great antique shop at the front.

DEES KITCHEN IN DROMANA 19 Pier Street Excellent for coffee and lunch with some tempting cabinet specials of salads and desserts.

CAFÉ JETT 197 Point Nepean Road Great food, great atmosphere, great staff and even better coffee.

STYLE PIRATE 345 Point Nepean Road With an interior nik nak store with quality products, they sell coffee and snacks, right opposite the foreshore.

MONKEY BUSINESS 1/277 Point Nepean Road A modern bistro all about tasty food with a lot of poke, delicious coffee, drinks and wine. Enjoy a casual setting with good vibes overlooking Port Phillip Bay.

Peninsula Essence December 2017  
Peninsula Essence December 2017  

Peninsula Essence December 2017