The township of Dromana in Mornington Peninsula is situated 85km south of Melbourne CBD, positioned between the smaller townships, Safety Beach and McCrae. The name ‘Dromana’ is believed to have come from Dromana Estate near Cappoquin, County Waterford in Ireland. Edward Hobson was the first European resident to settle in Dromana in 1838 at a place aborigine called Kangerong. In 1841, land grants were given to Jamieson and the McCraes, and Hobson moved out. Hugh Jamieson purchased 5,120 acres or eight square miles, of land from the Crown for ₤1 an acre under the terms of the short-lived Special Survey regulations. The first subdivision of Crown lands began in 1854. Dromana was gazetted in 1861. The timber cut from Arthurs Seat supplied to Melbourne from Dromana and the Pier was completed in 1862. By the 1920’s Dromana established it self as a seaside resort.
Dromana is connected to neighbouring townships by Point Nepean Road and from Melbourne Dromana is primarily accessed by the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. Today Dromana is a popular seaside town flocked by Melbournians especially in Summer. The coastline runs entire length of Dromana and can be accessed directly by many carparks situated along Point Nepean Road. The entire coastline is complimented by picnic facilities, walking and cycling trails and other amnesties meant for visitors.
Dromana Pier was first built in 1862 to facilitate the regular landing of Steamers to transport the produce of Arthurs Seat’s logging trade to Melbourne, as well as transporting passengers around the bay. It was rebuilt in 1959 to replace the original jetty and has a length of 185m, less than half the length of original pier.
Dromana Historical Museum
Address: Old Shire Office, 359A Point Nepean Road, Dromana
The Museum showcases historical photographs and artefacts relevant to Mornington Peninsula and is managed entirely by volunteers. The entry is free.
Address: 105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana
Heronswood Gardens, Nursery and Restaurant offer an idyllic location to escape the crowds, relax and shop for a huge range of plants, heirloom seeds and garden hardware. Heronswood Gardens are the home of The Diggers Club and showcase the best flowers and plants for Australian conditions. Diggers Club is Australia’s oldest seed and plant club with around 80,000 members.
Dromana is home to many famous wineries. To name a few: Dromana Valley Wines; Crittenden Estate; Smuggler’s Cove; Tanglewood Estate Winery; Trofeo Estate and Hickinbotham