Local shopping occurs at the shops along Baxter-Tooradin Road and Frankston Flinders Road, however most people travel to nearby Frankston or Somerville for shopping and business. The Stony Point railway line, a number of bus routes and some major regional arterial roads service the area. Council provides facilities through the Baxter Community Hall and offers a mobile library stop and a Maternal and Child Health Service Centre with limited hours. There is also Baxter Primary School located in the town and a preschool.


The township of Pearcedale is right at the top of the Peninsula, and the first town to be encountered by visitors coming from Melbourne via the Monash Freeway.

Pearcedale is an area of quiet country lanes, market gardens and horse studs. Watch out for farmgate sales of fresh produce! Views of Western Port Bay can be seen though roadside trees, as the town is only three kilometres from the Bay.

The township itself has all amenities, including a full range of shops and petrol, just 2 kilometres off the highway.


Somerville started as a small township in the mid 1800's consisting mainly of orchardists. It has progressed to a population today of approximately 14,000.

Somerville is predominately a young family area where people tend to move from the inner suburbs out to a rural lifestyle. It has a diversified mix of units, family homes, small hobby farms and large acreage.

There are three primary schools and two kindergartens. The town is serviced by light rail and bus and has a range of facilities including supermarkets, specialty shops, sports oval and aquatic centre.


The town centre offers local shops such as a post office, newsagency, food and supermarket, and other stores. There is a local pre-school and the Tyabb and Tyabb Railway Station primary schools. The Tyabb Airfield is located in Tyabb, along with the Melbourne Water Dam, Flinders Christian Community College and Western Port Christian School. Council's Waste Disposal centre is situated in Tyabb east. Council facilities in Tyabb also include the Tyabb Tennis Courts and the Tyabb Hall. Council provides a Maternal and Child Health service centre and the Mornington Peninsula mobile library makes a weekly stop in the township to loan library books.