is an outer suburb south-east of Melbourne
. It is in the Local Government Area
of the Shire of Mornington Peninsula
. Its postcode
Mount Eliza was named in 1836 by Captain William Hobson
after Elizabeth Callaghan, the wife of John Batman
Prior to large scale subdivision, Mount Eliza was mainly a location for holiday homes, Mount Eliza Post Office opening on 15 November 1920.
This began to change in the early half of the 20th century when many old estates were subdivided. One such subdivision was Ranelagh Estate , designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924 in tandem with the surveyors Tuxen and Miller.
The suburb is bordered by Kackeraboite Creek, Humphries Road, Moorooduc Highway
, Wooralla Drive, the Mornington railway line
, Oakbank Road, Manyung Creek and Port Phillip
There is a bay (and Suburb area) called Canadian Bay, that has had the name since the late 19th century.
Mount Eliza Village
The town centre is known as Mount Eliza Village, and is the main shopping area for the suburb. Situated at the corner of Canadian Bay Road and Mount Eliza Way, the village is a bustling centre of activity and is well served by many businesses, including all four major banks.
Two major supermarkets, Ritchies (IGA) and Safeway can be found along with many specialty shops.
It is home to many great cafes, specialising in breakfast and lunches.
Some good restaurants can also be found including Conrad's Pizza Restaurant, Verde and Licciardos.
There are many sporting clubs in Mount Eliza, but most notably is the Mount Eliza Football Club competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League
which has produced many AFL
players including 3 in the past 2 years.
There is also Mt Eliza Cricket Club which is one of the most successful Cricket Clubs on the Mornington Peninsula with 10 First Eleven premierships and a total of more than 55, including the Juniors. During the 1980s the Club was heralded as the largest cricket club in Australia with 9 Senior teams and 8 Junior teams.
There is a good range of schools in Mt. Eliza, including Kunyung Primary School, The Peninsula School
, Toorak College
, Mt. Eliza Secondary College, Mt. Eliza Primary School, Mt. Eliza North Primary School, and St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School. Also the Mt. Eliza / Melbourne Business School.
Mount Eliza is served by two major roadways, the Nepean Highway
and Moorooduc Highway
The bus routes
pass through the main shopping strip of the suburb.
The bus routes 772 and 773 pass through the area known locally as Eliza Heights, but are mainly part of the Frankston South suburb.
All bus routes are serviced by Peninsula Passenger Service (operated by Grenda).