Discover beautiful beaches, historic architecture and a dynamic arts and cultural scene in Frankston. A gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston is set on the banks of Kananook Creek and is a fantastic place to escape the city and experience Melbourne through a local lens.
Things to do in Frankston
On the banks of Kananook Creek and Port Phillip Bay, you’ll find one of the most picturesque foreshores in Australia. Enjoy a picnic on the grass or dine at one of the waterfront restaurants. Stretching for 2.5 kilometres, Frankston Beach is anchored by a historic pier and is a great spot to bask on the golden sand and stroll the scenic boardwalk.
Don’t miss the modern masterpieces on display at the Frankston Arts Centre. The centre also houses one of the top independent performing arts theatres in Victoria, hosting live music, comedy and drama. At the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, you’ll be mesmerised by more than 100 larger-than-life outdoor installations.
Loved by artists, Olivers Hill commands spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay. Access is via a coastal trail that winds up to the clifftops. At George Pentland Botanic Gardens, you can admire colourful Australian flowers and take part in guided nature walks and educational activities.
Built from honey-coloured sandstone, Ballam Park is a French-style farmhouse that recalls life in the 19th century. View artefacts at the local history museum, wander around the flower-filled cottage garden and enjoy scones, jam and cream at the atmospheric tearoom. Mulberry Hill is another heritage-listed gem formerly owned by iconic Australian author, Joan Lindsay.
Getting around Frankston
Frankston is a 45-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD. Trains run between Southern Cross Station and Frankston Station in around one hour while the city is also well-serviced by local buses. Melbourne Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.