Drive the beautiful coastal Beach Road south-east of Melbourne until you reach the Frankston waterfront.
The drive provides a picturesque meandering past seaside mansions, delicious seaside cafes, soft sandy beaches and tantalizing shallow inlets.
This coastal drive is thoroughly enjoyable any time of the year. The
Beach Road is a winding road that hugs the natural coastline.
Frankston Foreshore - Carpark And The Mouth Of Kananook Creek
The blue waters of Port Phillip bay to your right and the seaside homes
to your left provide you with plenty to see and admire as you drive
along the foreshore.
Crossing over the bridge at Mordialloc, the road moves inland a little separating you from the ocean scenery and taking you through the beachside suburbs of Aspendale, Edithvale, Chelsea, Carrum and Seaford until you once again hit the coastline at Frankston beach.
Side roads take you on down to safe swimming beaches where you can picnic or BBQ all year round.
If you keep on driving along the beach road you will eventually reach an awesome beach right at the beginning of the Mornington Peninsular. This beach really has everything.
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The Frankston Pier
Clear Safe Swimming Waters At Frankston
This is the type of beach that you will experience all along the family friendly shoreline.
Stretches of clear, shallow water and soft sand provide a safe swimming beach for the young and old.
The Homestead is situated next door to the fantastic adventure playground on the Frankston/Langwarren road, here you can enjoy a family BBQ or picnic as well as research some early Australian History.
These days the rail trip from Melbourne to the Frankston beach takes around 60 minutes, this makes the area easily accessible to people from all over Melbourne.
Check the link below for an up to date timetable.
There are buses that also link to the rail, use the site to plan your next trip, take the bikes with you and ride the boardwalk.
In 1959, the Hollywood Film, On the Beach, starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner was filmed partly in Frankston.
The Novelist, Nevil Shute actually lived in the Langwarren area southeast of Frankston.
The book, as well as the movie have proven to be classics, well worth looking into.
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The Frankston beach is patrolled on the weekend and during the busy summer months these generous and dedicated lifeguards are patrolling up and down the sandy shores.
For more details you can visit the Victorian Lifesaving website - http://www.lifesavingvictoria.com.au/www/html/7-home-page.asp
Frankston Patrolled Beach
The native flora and sand dunes along the Frankston beach foreshore area have been protected with the building of an extensive raised timber boardwalk.
Joggers, bikers and strollers, young and old, enjoy the easy, well maintained walk.
The Beach Boardwalk At Frankston
Taking in the scenery of the Frankston beach as you clear the head and the lungs, enjoy the boardwalk that starts at the bottom of Olivers Hill.
It winds its way along the foreshore past the Emergency Services and playground and onto the pier entrance.
Here you can stand at the top of the arched bridge and watch the fishing boats as they take off out through the mouth of Kananook Creek.
Sometimes you can even spot sea creatures as they swim underneath the bridge.
Footbridge Over Kananook Creek
Continue crossing over the arched bridge and follow on through a natural tea-tree reserve.
You can continue your stroll all the way to the Seaford Life Saving Club.
Here enjoy a cool, refreshing pick me up at the award winning Cafe/Restaurant/Kiosk.
There are plenty of clean, well maintained conveniences scattered throughout the area.
Free use of the electric BBQ's is encouraged, just be mindful to remove your rubbish and leave the area clean for the next lucky family.
Bronze Sculptures On The Frankston Foreshore
At the mouth of the Kananook Creek you will find a large public carpark.
Amazing and clever bronze sculptures depicting birdlife, family favorites, Aussie personalities etc are scattered around the beach carpark area.
The Artists, Anne Ross and David Murphy are indeed very clever, see how many you can find.
Tables and covered picnic areas are available with clean electric BBQ's making this area a favorite place for all the family to get together.
Consider a family reunion or perhaps a Theme Birthday Party.
You can also access the most amazing fairytale playground.
Here your children can slay dragons, rescue fair maidens and fight the enemies army.
A great place for the kids to let off steam, use their imagination and generally have a great time.
There is also a Liberty Swing for people in wheelchairs.
All this just a few meters from the sandy beach and cooling waters of Port Phillip Bay.
A little further along the beach is a small outcrop of rocks and at low tide you will find a rock platform offering a great opportunity to view starfish, crabs, sea anemones, fish life and plenty of sea shells.
This is a favorite place for me to collect sea glass, especially after a great storm.
I think one of the most relaxing and sometimes incredibly rewarding experiences has to be beachcombing.
Whether it is a casual stroll or a more purposeful exploration, what the beach sometimes delivers can be extremely exciting.
I started my collection of seaglass several years ago and I am so proud of some of the amazing pieces of glass that I have found.
This just might be something that would interest you or your children.
These 3 books now sit proudly beside my collection as they offer so much information on the art and use of seaglass.
View Over Frankston From Olivers Hill
A well stocked Visitors Information Center is situated within the carpark area.
Here you can find lots of local information, local crafts, souvenirs, slip-slop-slap essentials and all offered by friendly and well informed local staff and volunteers.
Inquire about the Route 12 Cultural Drive see some amazing art works, sculptures, gardens, rare plantings etc.
The new brochure is now available.
If you are an early riser and enjoy a friendly chat over a warm cuppa you can do so here from 9:00am onwards.
By the way some of the local artists' works are displayed on consignment. Always changing and offering a constant supply of wonderful pieces.
Log onto The Visitors Center - http://www.visitfrankston.com/ to see what is on at the moment.
Make a weekend of it and perhaps stay locally.
Ask the staff at the Visitors Center to help you find some accommodation.
My Personal Experience
Have you seen the amazing Sand Sculptures?
If not this is a must experience for all the family to enjoy.
They are created by very clever artist sculptors who, seasonally build amazing sand pictures.
These are always based around a specific theme.
The sculptures I observed in 2013/2014 where the Sandevents' team of talented International and Australian sculptors brought to ‘life’ in meticulous detail “Story Land”, were truly amazing.
Reality and fantasy combined as they brought to life popular Penguin book titles including
For information on when the sand sculptures will be open this year telephone (03) 5986 6684 or contact email@example.com
Frankston Foreshore Sand Sculptures 2008
You can purchase your tickets at the Visitors Information Center.
This is always well worth the investment.
2011 Sand Sculptures At Frankston
There are electric BBQ's for a great family picnic scattered throughout the Frankston beach foreshore area, the playground and the main carpark area near the pier.
There are also several award winning restaurants that offer a delicious array of fine foods to eat in or to take away.
Near the pier entrance you will find 'Sofias' restaurant.
Enjoy sitting outside in the fresh air or inside taking in the beautiful scenery that Frankston beach is famous for.
At the northern end of the Frankston Beach waterfront you come to the award winning 'Waves on the Beach' restaurant.
There is also the Waves on the Beach Cafe/kiosk right at the sand for that quick pick-me-up or cool-me-down. A great little place to just sit and watch as the kids frolic in the sea or build sand castles, simple pleasures and at a very little cost.
For general picnic supplies or fresh fish and chips, why not visit the Frankston Shopping Center - plenty of delicious deli delights, fresh fruits, freshly baked breads and sumptuous cakes.
Want a delicious counter meal?
Then try the many pubs scattered throughout the Frankston Beach road area.
Great food and let someone else clean up the mess.
There is so much to see and do all year round at the Frankston beach.
Wow, a fantastic place to visit not just once but over and over and over again.
Frankston beach has to be one of Melbourne's top beaches providing a safe, friendly and all season experience for every member of the family to enjoy.
I put it up there as the number 1 of the 10 Best Beaches of Port Phillip Bay.
I Love Frankston Beach!
An Over Zealous Seagull On The Foreshore At Frankston