Point Leo, Victoria

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Point Leo
Victoria
Point Leo is located in Victoria
Point Leo
Point Leo
Coordinates38°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
Population158 (2016 census)[1]
Established1940s
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 rural surfing locality 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 2016 census, Point Leo had a population of 158.[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 bus route 782 operated by Ventura Bus Lines between Frankston and Flinders passes within 2 km of the town.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Point Leo". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  3. ^ Graeme Butler & Associates. "Volume 2, Environmental History" (PDF). Hastings District Heritage Study Stage Two. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  4. ^ Map 257, Melway street directory (28th ed., 2001)
  5. ^ "782 Frankston - Flinders via Coolart Road & Hastings". Public Transport Victoria.

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