Welcoming visitors to the Mornington Peninsula region, Frankston is a destination in itself.
Striking the perfect balance between the city and the sea, melding the luxuries of coastal life with the convenience of suburbia, Frankston has something for everyone. It earned a claim to fame in the late 1950s when it was scouted as a location for the Hollywood hit On the Beach featuring stars of Hollywood’s golden age Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire. Although the cameras are long gone, Frankston has plenty going on for locals and visitors to enjoy.
The main drawcard of this suburb is, of course, Frankston Beach and Pier which offer a wonderful change of pace to the hustle and bustle. At any time of day, you can take a relaxing stroll along the coastline for a moment of peace. If you see the great outdoors as your playground for exercise, hit the Frankston Boardwalk for a few kms and enjoy running past rugged natural landscapes, native plants and billabongs. Or, strike a romantic note by heading to Oliver’s Hill Lookout at sunset for stunning panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay. Prefer your water activities indoors? Head to Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) for hours of family fun.
For a different take on Frankston’s outdoor experiences, check out the local street art scene. Download the city’s Street Art Map and follow the trail of colourful streetscapes. You’ll see works by street artists like Makatron who creates lush, whimsical scenes and Smug who specialises in largescale portraiture with an eclectic twist. If you’re looking for somewhere to entertain friends or family indoors, the city’s centre has something for everyone, from bowling to cinemas. Or, why not head to Excape and see if you can solve the clues to break free from its epic escape rooms? The zombie-themed room is a hit with thrill-seeking sleuths.
If hunger calls during your day out in Frankston, fear not. There’s a range of cafes and restaurants waiting to satisfy your palate. At Korean barbecue house Geonbae, you’ll have fun taking charge of barbecuing your tasty feast on one of its tabletop cookers. You can’t go wrong ordering its traditional set, which comes with vegetable dumplings to start, spicy chicken and beef bulgogi for the barbecue and egg rolls to top it all off. Head to Cosy and Tasty Dumpling Restaurant where the specialty is in the name, and you’re bound to leave feeling satisfied. On a health kick? Nature Café Bar is calling your name. This breezy eatery has plenty of flavour-packed vegetarian and vegan brekkies and lunches on offer as well as gluten-free options. It also offers family-friendly spaces and live music throughout the year.
Shop up a storm at one of Frankston’s retail precincts. Saunter through Shannon and Station Street Malls which offer street shopping at its finest. They lead right to Bayside Centre where you can browse the latest styles from stores like Ghanda Clothing, Peninsula Surf Centre and more. For more street shopping, head to Wells Street and see what styles Melbourne’s first denim store, Jac n Jean have to offer. If you're shopping for groceries, check out Mic Macs Oriental Grocer and pick up the essentials for your next Asian-inspired feast.