Travelling south of Frankston over Olivers Hill, the coastal and bushland beauty of Mount Eliza soon becomes apparent. Situated on an outcrop of land overlooking Canadian Bay and Port Phillip coastline, the beachside area of Mount Eliza consists of jagged cliffs featuring scenic walking tracks above stretches of sandy beaches below.
Initially a holiday destination for Melbourne’s gentry, the township of Mount Eliza remained a holiday home area until the 1950’s. With advent of modern day transport and sub-division of old family estates, the township developed rapidly from the late 1960’s. The Ranelagh Estate, designed by Walter Burley Griffin of Canberra fame, saw blocks of land with sea views developed in sympathy with the contours of the land.
Today, Mount Eliza has become popular to many people in the higher socio-economic sector. Residential areas along the coastline feature many up-market dream homes and weekend retreats. East of Nepean Highway newer subdivisions now sprawl over granite hinterland hills, from which easterly views of the Moorooduc Plains are available. The delightful “Village” commercial centre services the area, offering modern supermarkets, speciality shops, cafes and restaurants.