Hastings, a town on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula, is 58 km south-east of Melbourne. It has a harbour on Western Port Bay, opposite French Island.
In 1845 Mrs Martha King took up the Bunguyan pastoral run in the Hastings district and is considered to be the first white settler. Mrs King, a widow, had emigrated to Port Phillip in 1840. Her homestead site in Tyabb is now the Banguyan Reserve off the Frankston-Flinders Road.