Bittern General Store
|• Density||94.89/km2 (245.8/sq mi)|
|Area||35.6 km2 (13.7 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mornington Peninsula|
Bittern is a coastal rural town in Victoria, Australia, 49 km southeast from Melbourne's central business district, as a part of the urban enclave on Western Port comprising Bittern, Hastings, Crib Point, Somerville, and Tyabb. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. It is served by Bittern railway station on the Stony Point greater-metropolitan line and by the 782 bus route operated by Peninsula Bus Lines between Frankston and Flinders. Bittern is named after the shy wetland bird, the Australasian bittern, which reflects the suburb's location amongst significant areas of native bushland and dense coastal vegetation.
History and Present Day
The town was part of the Coolart pastoral run of the 1860s. Bittern Post Office opened on 5 January 1891. The railway opened for Bittern in 1889 and small scale commercial development began during the early 1900s. The town also has a primary school, Bittern Primary School, and a small basketball and netball stadium known as Graham Myers Sports Stadium or Bittern Memorial Stadium, which features an indoor court used for basketball, netball or floorball and four outside courts used for netball. There is also a small oval located outside the stadium.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bittern (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- 782 Frankston-Flinders. Retrieved 6 June 2010
- Westernport Tourism, Bittern, retrieved 6 June 2010
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Shire of Mornington Peninsula, Leisure Centres, retrieved 6 June 2010
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