Mordialloc, Victoria

Coordinates: 37°59′58″S 145°05′46″E / 37.99944°S 145.09611°E / -37.99944; 145.09611
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Mordialloc Creek
Mordialloc is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°59′58″S 145°05′46″E / 37.99944°S 145.09611°E / -37.99944; 145.09611
Population8,886 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density2,020/km2 (5,230/sq mi)
Area4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location24 km (15 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Kingston
State electorate(s)Mordialloc
Federal division(s)Isaacs
Suburbs around Mordialloc:
Parkdale Moorabbin Airport Dingley Village
Port Phillip Mordialloc Braeside
Port Phillip Aspendale Aspendale Gardens

Mordialloc (/ˌmɔːrdiˈælək/ MOR-dee-AL-ək) is a beachside suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Kingston local government area. Mordialloc recorded a population of 8,886 at the 2021 census.[1]


Originally "Moody Yallock",[2] the name is derived from the term moordy yallock which originated from the Aboriginal language Boonwurrung,[3] in which "yallock" means "creek" or "water",[4] and is listed in some sources as meaning muddy creek,[5] and in others as "little sea."[6] from c.1850 was the site of the Mordialloc Aboriginal Reserve.

Mordialloc Post Office opened on 17 October 1863. In 1995 it was renamed Braeside Business Centre, and a new Mordialloc office opened near the railway station.[7]

In the 1970s, a green ban imposed by the Builders Labourers Federation stopped a Coles Supermarket being built that would result in the eviction and destruction of several homes.[8]

The namesaked Mordialloc Creek is arguably the most significant feature of the suburb. Home to Pompei's boat works, Mordialloc Creek has a rich history of traditional wooden boat building. Many classic boats line the banks of the creek.[9] The creek mouth section below Nepean Highway is also home to the Mordialloc Motor Yacht Club and Mordialloc Sailing Club, and the creek drains into the Beaumaris Bay flanked by the Mordialloc Pier.

On 8 June 2018, a pilot of a Moorabbin-bound light plane, Cessna 172 (VH-EWE), died when his plane crashed and burst into flames in a street in Mordialloc. ATC recordings indicated he had an engine failure on approach.[10]



  • Mordialloc College – Mordialloc[11]
  • Mordialloc Beach Primary School – Mordialloc[12]
  • St Brigids Mordialloc[13]


The suburb has an Australian rules team competing in the Southern Football League.[14]

Golfers play at the Woodlands Golf Club on White Street, Mordialloc.[15]

The Epsom Park Horse Racing track was situated in Mordialloc. Now a housing estate, in its heyday at the beginning of the 20th century it was one of Victoria's premier race tracks. Later in life it became a training track before being eventually closed in the 1980s. In 2008, Doug Denyer Reserve, situated in Epsom Park hosted it first ever cricket season with Mordialloc Redbacks being the home team, Redbacks being a part of the Mordialloc Cricket Club. The Redbacks first Junior Head Coach at Epsom Park was David Beckett.

The suburb has a social baseball team, the Mordialloc Ducks Baseball Club, competing in the Dandenong Baseball Association in winter and the Victorian Baseball Summer League in summer. They play at the Kingston Heath Reserve in Cheltenham, where the grounds are primarily used by the Cheltenham Baseball Club.[16]

Walking/cycling trails[edit]

There are numerous walking/cycling trails in Mordialloc, including the:

  • Long Beach Trail from the Patterson River to the Mordialloc Pier.
  • Bay Trail from Seaford to Port Melbourne.
  • Mordialloc Creek Trail from the Mordialloc Pier to Aspendale Gardens.
  • Numerous 'desire paths' (or goat tracks) that run next to the Mordialloc Creek between the Wells Road bridge and the Boat Ramp near Chute Street.

Notable locals[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Mordialloc (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 July 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Fels, Marie Hansen (May 2011). 'I Succeeded Once': The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839–1840. ANU Press. doi:10.22459/iso.05.2011. ISBN 978-1-921862-12-0.
  3. ^ Massola, Aldo (1968). Aboriginal place names of south-east Australia and their meanings. Melbourne: Lansdowne. OCLC 40364.
  4. ^ Smyth, Robert Brough (2010), "The Aborigines of Tasmania", Aborigines of Victoria, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 379–434, doi:10.1017/cbo9780511695230.011, ISBN 9780511695230, retrieved 28 December 2021
  5. ^ Blake, Les (1977), Place names of Victoria, Adelaide: Rigby, p. 294, ISBN 0-7270-0250-3, cited in Bird (2006)
  6. ^ Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2011.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  8. ^ Burgmann, Verity and Meredith (1998). Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation. p. 50.
  9. ^ "Jack Pompei: Boat Builder and Advocate for Mordialloc Creek". City of Kingston. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Pilot blamed for deadly Essendon DFO plane crash". ABC News. 24 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Mordialloc College". Archived from the original on 25 August 2007.
  12. ^ "Mordialloc Beach Primary School".
  13. ^ "St Brigid's School – Mordialloc".
  14. ^ Full Point Footy, Southern Football League, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 21 October 2008
  15. ^ Golf Select, Woodlands, retrieved 11 May 2009
  16. ^ "Mordialloc Ducks Baseball Club – Baseball Meets Fun". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  17. ^ Julius Herz, ADB
  18. ^ Daniel Mckinnon, ADB

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