Frankston Locality Guide
Are you thinking of visiting or moving to Frankston but want to know more?
If you’re visiting or moving to Frankston and don’t know where to start your research? Why not head down to the Visitor Information Centre? Located at 7N Pier Promenade at the Frankston Waterfront. Frankston Visitor Information Centre also has a very useful website - https://www.visitfrankston.com/ where you can look up things to do, book accommodation, tours and tickets to local events or find out a little more about what Frankston has to offer.
Frankston is in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, which is known for it’s beautiful landscapes, art opportunities and gourmet delights.
If you’re thinking of moving to Frankston and have never been here before, let’s talk about what the area has to offer for the whole family, from colossal gnome sculptures to sandy beaches, shopping, adventure and more!
For the Arts, Culture and Heritage lovers:
Frankston Arts Centre offers a variety of live theatre from opera, drama, comedy, exhibitions, workshops and circus feats. It is one of Australia’s largest metropolitan and regional arts venues with 3 gallery spaces, an 800 seat theatre and a purpose-built digital media space. There is always something to do or see! Cube 37 is a high demand community access gallery used by art groups, schools and emerging and professional artists. Cube 37 is located on the busy Davey Street, hosting a variety of workshops. Frankston is home to the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery – offering landscapes gardens as you walk around the property viewing contemporary and modern art pieces. Frankston is also home to a colossal Gnome sculpture entitled ‘Reflective Lullaby’ and is the work of New Zealand based artist Gregor Kregar. It is located on the Cranbourne Rd exit of Peninsula Link after our previous ‘Tree of Life’ moving sculpture moved to our McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery. This one spot specifically will be home to fourteen major sculptures changing every two years until the year 2037. For History lovers, look no further than the Ballam Park Homestead Frankston Historical Society which is a farmhouse that was built by Frederik Liardet in 1854, housing a beautiful garden, heritage listed trees, a blacksmiths shop, period museum and Devonshire tea rooms.
Alongside these main attractions, Frankston is home to lots of community art pieces throughout the suburbs from ‘Power of Community’ public art installation, to the ‘Cycle of Life ‘Longevity’ public art sculpture, Frankston Park Gates, Grimwade Clocktower and loads more. For more information jump onto the Visit Frankston website to map out the whole Frankston Art journey.
For the beach and nature lovers:
You are in for a treat! Frankston City is home to 10 kilometres of pristine beach and coastal habitat. In Summertime, Frankston Waterfront often hosts the famous Sand Sculpting Australia events, alongside Food Truck Festivals, Frankston Waterfront Festival and more! Not only offers a pristine coastline but a walking track along the pier and boardwalk, a landmark bridge connecting the different parts of the beach, family restaurants, an award-winning adventure playground, boat launching facilities and surprising public artworks – don’t forget to ‘follow the flags’ down Frankston Pier to find the hidden message! Oliver’s Hill Lookout offers scenic views across Port Phillip Bay, head here to look at the sunset or the city lights on nightfall. Take a stroll down the hill and meet where the Frankston Boardwalk connects for a nice and relaxing walk along the water. Alongside the big attractions, Frankston has lots of parks to take the family or the dog down for some exercise and quality time together like Ballam Park, George Pentland Botanic Gardens, The Pines Flor and Fauna Reserve, Beauty Park, Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve and so much more!
For the whole family:
Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre is something the whole family will love. From the huge Olympic-size 50m swimming pool, children’s pools, aquatic playground and two feature waterslides – including the world’s first Aquasphere family raft ride to the exercise pool, spa, sauna, steam room and state of the art gymnasium including group exercise classes, mind/ body and cycle fitness rooms. ‘PARC’ also offers a café, retail and merchandise features some big brands, a creche and a wellness centre incorporating beauty, massage for the ultimate one-stop centre for everyone to enjoy. Frankston is home to the latest experience for anyone who likes a challenge or thrill seeking entertainment, ‘Excape’. Excape is an opportunity for groups to work together with their initiative and logic to escape the room within 60 minutes – it is not as easy as finding a lock and key but it is loads of fun for the whole family. Ballam Park Regional Playground is home to a huge area of open space feature two playgrounds, a basketball half-court, tennis wall, skate park, walking trails, oals and an arthletics track. There is plenty to do for people of all ages with a picnic area and a great place to walk the dog!
Other interesting places within Frankston Council:
Shopping – Frankston has the booming Bayside Shopping Centre, with three levels of exciting shopping opportunities. Each year, Bayside Shopping Centre hosts VIP days, special days and seasonal prizes and events. Bayside Shopping Centre also hosts an entertainment strip, featuring HOYTS, Strike Bowling, TunzaFun and restaurants like Grill’d and The Groove Train. Around the corner of Frankston, you are surrounded by Karingal Hub & Star Zone and lots of other boutique shops in the area.
Markets – Frankston is home to two popular markets, Wednesday Market in the main street of the entertainment strip and Frankston’s Sunday market. Both with local produce, plants and gifts there’s something there for everyone! Frankston being in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula you are surrounded by beautiful and exciting markets almost every single week.
Pines Forest Aquatic Centre – it’s a seasonal outdoor aquatic centre. Located in Frankston North, the facility is the perfect place for the individual swimmer, a school group or the entire family to learn new skills and have fun. The facilities cater for all ages and swimming abilities.
Seaford Wetlands - The remnant wetland areas are the largest remaining natural wetlands of their type in Port Phillip and Westerport basins. The area is famous for superb bird watching opportunities. There is a viewing platform near Austin Road and a good viewing point at the end of Mona Street and numerous picnic tables.
Bike tracks - A well-made cycle/walking trail runs through Seaford and Frankston – it runs along Eastlink, Peninsula Link and extends around most of the perimeter of the Seaford Wetlands.
Gravity Zone – in Seaford Featuring over 180 trampolines and more than 4000sq metres of gravity-defying mayhem, a multi-level Laser Tag Arena and our very own NINJA Zone, Gravity Zone Indoor Trampoline & Laser Tag Centre is like no other. Gravity Zone offers activities for all ages from little leapers through to extreme sports fanatics. There are numerous different “Zone’s”.
Frankston City Motorcycle Club – The Frankston City Motorcycle Track is a community club run by volunteers and caters for recreation riders aged 4 years and over. Located at 92 Old Wells Road in Seaford, the track is open on weekends and Wednesdays.The Club operates the facility under an affiliation with Motorcycling Victoria (MV) and a lease agreement with Frankston City Council, which will see club members covered by MV’s insurance policy.
Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club - Kingswood Golf Club had its origins back in 1904 as the Dandenong Golf Club. Today, its charm and character is frequently commented upon by the many visitors who enjoy the atmosphere, ambience and comfort of the clubhouse, with its honour boards featuring prominently all around. At the same time a massive lake was constructed along and around the back of the 8th hole (then 6th hole). This lake provides the Club with major benefits as it is now one of the main water storage facilities, and it provides an aesthetically pleasing “buffer” between the course and neighbouring houses.
If you've made it this far down and are still wondering if you should move to Frankston let us tell you some of the best parts about Frankston Community
- Public Transport: You can jump on a train to the Melbourne CBD and arrive there in less than an hour, or you could stop down at any of the local beaches or surrounding city suburbs which also runs 24/7 over the weekend! Frankston not only has a train to Melbourne but the opposite way on the Stony Point Line, including stops in Somerville. Frankston is home to more than 25 bus routes including the night buses!
- Schools: Frankston is home to some incredibly gifted schools with great reputations. Including Frankston High School, Mt Erin, Frankston Primary School, Woodleigh School - Minimbah and Overport Primary School to find out the School Zones, head down to our 'About Us' tab and check out the zoning areas!
- Sports Community: Frankston is known for it's incredible sports club, such us Frankston YCW & Frankston Dolphins training up players that now feature in the AFL, Frankston Basketball and Netball Stadium which is home to many teams, Frankston Tennis Club and so so many more! If you've got a hobbie, we've got the team!
We would love to discuss with you more about what Frankston has to offer and why it is such a beautiful place to live! Contact us today to experience a Tour De Frankston - LJ Hooker Style!