These days Somerville is largely a medium sized residential township at the top of the Mornington Peninsula. It is situated about an hours drive from Melbourne CBD. Although it is near the centre of the Peninsula, the Somerville area is quite large, extending as far west as Coolart Road, almost to Baxter-Tooradin Road in the north, to O’Neills & Pikes Roads in the south and across to Western Port in the east.
Unlike many townships on the outskirts of Melbourne which have sprung up in recent years, Somerville has been a thriving community since the 1800s with the first Somerville Post Office opening in November 1870. In those early years Somerville’s major claim to fame was its fruit growing and boasted exports to places all over the world.
While Somerville has both large residential and shopping areas, it still has quite a large semi-rural area within its boundaries with numerous market gardens and other farming ventures. Several small to medium sized farms operate raising cattle, alpacas, sheep as well as vineyards.
The expansive area of Somerville includes a golf course, horse riding tracks, local sporting grounds, native parklands, farmgates, accommodation and Yaringa Boat Harbour – the town is never short of something to new to do or see.