Hastings is the commercial capital of Western Port and the main industrial area of the Mornington Peninsula. Being a natural and deep water harbour, fishing became a primary industry from the 1850’s and is still an important local industry today.
In 1933 The Australian Navy established one of it’s largest training facilities, HMAS Cerberus, at Crib Point, just south of Hastings. The base has a Museum that is open to the public and features a wonderful display of military paraphernalia dating back to early European settlement . The base also has a great golf course that is open to the public.
The main street of Hastings comes alive every Thursday with a street market. There is also a very good art, craft and fresh produce market on each Sunday at the Bittern railway station car park.
Hastings has a multi-million dollar marina and the foreshore area includes cycling and walking tracks, picnic and barbecue facilities and a children’s playground. The Pelican Park Recreation Centre is situated on the waterfront and houses a gym, an indoor heated lap pool, a gymnasium, spa & steam room and a kiosk. The recreation centre also houses the Pelican Pantry Cafe, open 7 days a week and offering indoor dining or seating outside overlooking the bay where pelicans congregate. Next to Pelican Park is the historic Hastings Jetty which is a popular spot for fishing. Buy a bag of fish scraps from Fishermans Wharf and feed the pelicans, take a stroll along the boardwalk and walking trail that connects Hastings to Jacks Beach to the south, through an expanse of White Mangrove. These are the most southerly Mangrove Forests in the world.