Frankston beach is situated 56km southeast of Melbourne CBD in the suburb of Frankston. The beach is around 2.5km long and forms the southern end of the nine-kilometre beach area that stretches from Carrum. The Frankston section begins at the Olivers Hill Boat Ramp. Frankston is the gateway to Mornington Peninsula, and Frankston beach stands neck in neck with the best beaches of Mornington Peninsula for its beauty and recreation facilities available. Whether it is ocean swim, snorkelling, canoeing, observing the sunset or picnic on the foreshore, this is one of the best places to be in Melbourne.
To savour the mum and dad type of opinion about the beach, we quote one from the Trip Advisor website here, “Our favourite beach to visit due to proximity of excellent playground next door. The beach itself is a pretty calm beach perfect for kids. Just either side of the pier is popular with families due to shallow water and calmness. You can buy ice cream and hot food at Sofias. Excellent food trucks nearby at Oliver’s Hill as well. Numerous undercover picnic tables as well.’’
Frankston Coastline is one of the most beautiful in Melbourne with views of the Port Phillips. The Frankston foreshore has many entertainment areas, a bridge, board walk to protect the vulnerable dune system, Pier and the Kananook Creek mouth. The Frankston Waterfront reserve is around 23 hectares and stretches from Long Island Tennis Club to Kackeraboite Creek at Davey’s Bay.
Apart from being an iconic landmark of Frankston beach, the 220m Frankston Pier is also part of Frankston’s history. Originally a Pier was constructed further to the north of its current location in 1857. After receiving petition from the locals, a longer one was built at the current location in 1863. It was renovated and rebuilt in later years.
It was near the mouth of Kananook Creek, 32 years before founding of Melbourne on 30th January 1803, Charles Grimes and his party came ashore in search of fresh water. A Commemorative plaque near the mouth of Kananook Creek marks the location. There is an arched pedestrian bridge here which adds to the aesthetic beauty of the location.
Foreshore is home to Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, which is equipped with play equipment for children of all ages, including, ramps, sand play zones, decks, shelter, swings and slides.
The facilities provided the foreshore are:
BBQ and picnic tables
Visitor information Centre
Kananook Creek boat ramp
Kananook Creek walking trail begins near the Frankston Yacht Club site and follows Kananook Creek along the 7.5km walking trail.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach during December, January, February and March between 9:30am and 7:30pm. At all other times they are permitted on the beach provided they are on-leash.