Moorooduc is a small Victorian town on the Mornington Peninsula. It is located approximately 70 kilometres from Melbourne. Moorooduc is a rural township in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Mornington Peninsula Shire. The Mornington Railway Preservation Society operates steam and diesel train services from Moorooduc Railway Station on weekends and public holidays. A short walk from Moorooduc railway station is the Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve. Moorooduc Primary School (No. 2327) opened on 1 November 1880, on the current site located on Mornington-Tyabb Road. In 2006, the school celebrated 125 years. Golfers play at the Devilbend Golf Club on Loders Road and Moorooduc Saddle Club is located on Derril Road. Moorooduc is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "flat and swampy" or "dark". The first settlers on the Moorooduc plains were timber cutters who brought their bullock teams and camped in tents while they harvested wood. This was brought into Mornington to be shipped from the Mornington jetty to the fledgling township of Melbourne by sea, to be used for building bridges, jetties, railway lines and to fire the bakers’ovens.
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Benjamin Baxter won the contract to supply the pylons for the Schnapper Point jetty. He sourced his timber from the Moorooduc forest, which was well wooded with eucalypts, she-oak, wattle and box. Moorooduc became an agricultural community with many of the farmers also holding slaughtering licenses.
COFFEE SAFARI Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Moorooduc is a must visit destination with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when heading down to this pretty township.
APPLE ESPRESSO 630 Moorooduc Hwy
The fruit growing industry was important to the Moorooduc district and contributed to the stable prosperity of the area. The blossoming orchards in spring and the fruit-laden trees in autumn attracted many day trippers to the district. First plantings occurred about 1860.
Great food and coffee in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere
The Two Bays Nurseries and Orchard Company of Moorooduc became one of the biggest retail nurseries in the Southern hemisphere, exporting trees to Argentina and Japan as well as all over Australia.
Italian cuisine with some of the best coffee to match
In 1916 Moorooduc celebrated the opening of their new hall, known locally as “The Brick Hall” to distinguish it from the early “Tin Hall”. Many descendants of the early pioneers of Moorooduc still live in the area. Today the median property price for Moorooduc is $1.6million.
DOPPIOZERO @ THE COOLSTORES 475 Moorooduc Hwy
CONSCIOUS CRAVINGS 878/475 Moorooduc Hwy
Organic, raw, vegan, sugar free. Handmade cakes. Specialty coffee
BARMAH PARK RESTAURANT & CELLAR DOOR 945 Moorooduc Hwy Breakfasts and modern Australian lunches or a coffee in a relaxed cafe with a deck overlooking the vineyards.
Published on Mar 1, 2018