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Beauty Park
Sandsculpting January 2009
Frankston Pier
Frankston Library Mural
Frankston Foreshore
Frankston Skate Park with PARC waterslides in background

Frankston is a city in Victoria, Australia.

Understand[edit]

Frankston is a town 40km from Melbourne on the edge of Port Phillip Bay often referred to as the "Gateway to the Mornington Peninsula". Frankston is where the electric train line terminates. If you are a backpacker heading to the Mornington Peninsula, French Island or Phillip Island chances are you're going to go through Frankston. It has a beautiful beach, vibrant street art, many restaurants, bars and shops.

Events[edit]

Frankston is home to several festivals;

  • Waterfront Festival in January.
  • Ventana Fiesta, a Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish festival in March.
  • Big Picture Fest, a street art festival in March.
  • Pets Day Out in October.
  • Festival of Lights in late November.

A Sand Sculpting display runs from December to April.

Tourist Information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Car[edit]

Bus[edit]

  • 781 bus from Mt Martha via Mt Eliza, Mornington. [1]
  • 782 bus from Flinders via Coolart Road, Hastings. [2]
  • 783 bus from Hastings via Coolart Road. [3]
  • 782/783 combined from Hastings/Flinders via Coolart Road. [4]
  • 788 bus from Portsea via Dromana, Rosebud, Sorrento. [5]
  • 901 bus from Melbourne airport via Dandenong. [6]
  • Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle - a much faster more expensive option than the 901 bus. [7]

Train[edit]

Get around[edit]


See[edit]

  • 1 Boathouse Gallery, 368 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, +61 488-123-088. 11AM-5PM Tuesday-Sunday.
  • 3 Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Arboretum, Edward Street, Langwarrin. April to October: Sunday to Friday, 6am–6pm November to March: Sunday to Friday, 6am–8pm.
  • 6 George Pentland Botanic Gardens, Williams Street. Nov-Mar 7am-9pm; Apr-Oct 7am-6pm.
  • Street Art. Throughout Frankston's laneways are significant works of art. Visit the Big Picture Fest website for a map and details.


Do[edit]

BMX[edit]

  • 1 Frankston BMX Club, 101R Old Wells Road, Seaford. BMX Track
  • 2 Langwarrin Pump Track, Lloyd Park, Cranbourne/Frankston Road, Langwarrin. BMX Track

Bowls[edit]

Sunset over Port Phillip Bay in Frankston
  • 3 Barefoot Bowls, Cnr Yuille & William Streets, +61 3 9783-2877. Every Friday evening at 6.00pm [weather permitting] until dusk, during daylight savings. It’s a fun night for families and a sausage sizzle is included. $8.00 per adult and $2.00 for children.

Golf[edit]

  • 5 Frankston Golf Club, Golf Links Rd, Frankston, +61 3 9783-9266.
  • 6 Long Island Country Club, 165-235 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Frankston, +61 3 9786-4122.

Skate[edit]

  • 9 Langwarrin Skate Park, 185N Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Langwarrin. Free.
  • 10 Seaford Skate Park, 50R Railway Parade, Seaford. Free.

Tennis[edit]

Nature Reserves[edit]

  • 15 Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve (Frankston Reservoir), Jeremy Way, Frankston South. Open everyday. Bush walking and cycling. Pedestrian access is available at any time via Jeremy Way, Harry Court, Frankston-Flinders Road, Rinella Bushland Reserve and Lawson Avenue. Vehicle access to the visitor carpark via Jeremy Way, Frankston South, between the hours of 6.00am-9.00pm during daylight hours, and 7.00am-7.00pm in non-daylight savings hours. Free.
  • 16 Kananook Creek Reserve, Between Eel Race Road, Seaford and Overton Road, Frankston. Kananook Creek walking track runs for 7.5km parallel to the coastline linking Seaford Wetlands to Frankston Foreshore. The creek reserve is home to many indigenous plants and animals and is one of Frankston's most beautiful natural environments, providing a unique and picturesque place for people to commune with nature in the midst of our urban landscape. Canoe launching sites to access the Creek are located at Riviera Street, Broughton Street Reserve and near McCulloch Avenue.
  • 20 Seaford Wetlands. 261 hectares of predominantly freshwater swamps. It is prohibited to bring cats to the reserve. Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands on Wikipedia Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands (Q5338705) on Wikidata

Parks[edit]

  • 22 Ballam Park, 260R Cranbourne Road, Frankston. Barbecues, basketball ring, playgrounds, flying fox. The Park is home to Ballam Park Homestead, a historic home and museum from the 1850s run by the Frankston Historical Society.
  • 23 Beauty Park, Spring St, Frankston. Outdoor fitness facilities. Lake.
  • 24 Jubilee Park. Barbecues, basketball ring, cricket nets, playgrounds, wetland area.

Other stuff[edit]

  • Cycling. There are several bicycle paths around Frankston. The longest is the Peninsula Link Trail which is 25km. It begins at Patterson Lakes and ends near Moorooduc Station (Mornington Railway), Mt Eliza Regional Park and Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve. It is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians. It interconnects with the Dandenong Creek Trail and the Frankston-Baxter Trail which follows the Stony Point train line from Frankston to Baxter.

Buy[edit]

  • 2 Seaford Farmers Market, Station Street, Seaford (adjacent to the Seaford Community Centre). The third Sunday of each month from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Fresh produce.
  • 3 Wells Street Market, Wells Street. Thursday 9am to 2pm.
  • 4 Little Beauty Market (Little Beauty In The Park), Beauty Park, Frankston. 10AM-3PM, one Saturday a month October-April.

Eat[edit]

There are several food courts located within the shopping centers offering a wide range of food such as Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Italian, not to mention all the regular fast food chains. Pizza, Fish and Chips there is no shortage of choices.

  • 2 Boathouse Restaurant, 366-368 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, +61 3 9770-5330. 12PM-10PM Tuesday-Thursday, 12PM-11PM Friday-Sunday, closed Monday.

Drink[edit]

  • 4 Epiphany nightclub, 480 Nepean Highway, +61 3 9770-6000.
  • 6 Humdinger, 101 Young Street, +61 3 9783 1382. Closed Monday. Tuesday to Thursday 12pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 9pm.
  • 7 JDs Poolroom and Bar, 82 Wells St, +61 3 9783 8488. Pool tables, juke box, and drinks.
  • 8 Pint & Pickle Tavern, 448A Nepean Highway, +61 3 9770 2880.
  • 9 Robin Hood Tavern, 506 Nepean Highway, +61 3 9770 2055.
  • 10 Strike Bowling Bar, Wells St, 1300 787 453 (local rate). 10am-late. Ten Pin Bowling. Thursday's Drink 2 Bowl deal offers a free game with any drink purchased.

Sleep[edit]

Connect[edit]

  • Free internet at shopping centers and Frankston library.

Go next[edit]

Frankston station serves as a transit hub for bus and train services.

  • Dandenong - 901 Bus [8]
  • Flinders - Bus 782 Frankston - Flinders via Coolart Road, Hastings. [9]
  • Melbourne - By Train. [10]
  • Melbourne Airport - 901 Bus [11] or Airport Shuttle - a much faster more expensive option than the 901 bus. [12]
  • Mount Martha - Take the 781 bus via Mt Eliza and Mornington. [13]
  • Portsea - Take the 788 bus via Dromana, Rosebud and Sorrento. [14]
  • Stony Point - Take the train to Stony Point where ferry's leave for French Island and Phillip Island. [15]


This district travel guide to Frankston is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.