Point Leo, Victoria

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Point Leo
Victoria
Point Leo is located in Melbourne
Point Leo
Point Leo
Coordinates 38°25′16″S 145°04′30″E / 38.421°S 145.075°E / -38.421; 145.075Coordinates: 38°25′16″S 145°04′30″E / 38.421°S 145.075°E / -38.421; 145.075
Population 159 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1940s
Postcode(s) 3916
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s) Nepean
Federal Division(s) Flinders
Localities around Point Leo:
Red Hill Red Hill South Balnarring
Red Hill Point Leo Merricks Beach
Shoreham Shoreham Western Port

Point Leo is a town in the Shire of Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Point Leo Foreshore Reserve provides excellent waves for surfing and is one of the closest surf beaches to Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Point Leo had a population of 159.[1]

History[edit]

The area was known as Bobbanaring to the local Bunurong people prior to European settlement. The area was first surveyed in 1841, and a town was proposed here in 1869, but the area did not develop until after World War II, when the Woods family built a house and store. Facilities were developed in the 1960s, including camping grounds, toilet blocks with hot showers on the foreshore and a kiosk on the surf beach. A Post Office opened on 8 December 1969, but closed in 1974.[2] By the 1980s the area was still dominated by holiday homes and weekend travellers with few permanent residents.[3]

Present day[edit]

The small town contains a general store and supports an active surf lifesaving club and boat club. A large foreshore reserve includes picnic, barbecue and camping areas, managed by Point Leo Foreshore, and provide access to the surf beach. A gate fee is payable. Most other facilities are available from nearby Shoreham and Balnarring.[4]

No public transport services Point Leo directly although the 782 bus route operated by Peninsula Bus Lines between Frankston and Flinders passes within 2 km of the town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Point Leo (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  3. ^ Graeme Butler & Associates. "Volume 2, Environmental History" (PDF). Hastings District Heritage Study Stage Two. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  4. ^ Map 257, Melway street directory (28th ed., 2001)

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