Hastings is the commercial hub of Western Port. High St is a bustling shopping strip with major outlets, along with a variety of specialty stores, cafés, banks and professional services. The popular foreshore area includes a jetty, cycling and walking tracks, picnic and barbecue facilities, playgrounds and the colourful marina complex.
A 3.5km walking trail and boardwalk connects the town to Jacks Beach through an expanse of White Mangrove.
It overlooks the mangrove-fringed upper reaches of Western Port Bay, with views to French Island and the tiny Sandstone Island.
Established during the early 1850s as a fishing and farming community, the industrial development from the 1960s including Esso and the BHP steel mill were based on its deep water harbour and are still active to this day.