There is so much to discover within Frankston City. Its suburbs offer a range of experiences spanning from the arts to nature and its annual events calendar bring the City to life.
Art and culture are embedded in Frankston City. Wander the streets and it becomes clear how much the City values creativity, especially street art and outdoor sculpture. If you want to learn more about this City’s hidden murals and artworks, book one of the street art walking tours. You’ll be taken on a journey through streets and laneways to uncover the best of the City’s urban art. Make a point of checking out the Alice in Wonderland mural at the Frankston City Library — it’s not to be missed.
For a more traditional art experience, visit the McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery. Spend the day strolling the grounds and be surprised by incredible sculptures at every turn — there’s over 100 of them. Alongside the lake is the perfect place to relax with a bite to eat. Or, head to the onsite cafe where the menu focusses on locally-sourced produce. If the weather is a little gloomy, head indoors to one of its three incredible galleries.
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Continuing the theme of arts, the Frankston Arts Centre is a hub of entertainment. It’s the largest stage in Victoria outside of those located in the CBD. It also has two exhibition galleries, a creative arts hub and a black box theatre. Various theatre groups, both local and those from further afield, choose the Frankston Arts Centre to stage their performances — a testament to its quality. The performances you’ll see here are diverse, with everything from musicals to ballet performances, comedy acts to local plays. You can catch one of the spectacles almost any night of the week.
Frankston City is also home to several parks, gardens and green spaces, with the previous home of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm one of its most well-known. Explore the site and hear the stories of its interesting past. The farm is only accessible to the public on designated open days and for private bookings.
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Don’t miss the Frankston Waterfront. When the sun is shining, it’s a fantastic place for a swim or paddle board and the 11km boardwalk which follows the coastline is a great way to relax and exercise and furry friends are welcome. The Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve, where native vegetation takes up a significant amount of its 98 hectares, is another popular outdoor destination. It serves as the perfect place for a walk, bike ride or photography session. Finally, there is fun for the kids at Ballam Park. The vibrant pink and purple surface is eye catching, but the playground, trampolines, basketball court and dog agility track are what attracts fun seekers.
Frankston City has a robust and exciting calendar of events. Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights kicks off the celebrations each November, followed by The Waterfront Festival in February and Big Picture Festival in March. Over 50 major and community events are staged across the City each year giving residents and visitors plenty of opportunity to get together and celebrate.