Frankston may mark the end of the Melbourne’s suburban train line but it’s also the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. It’s a suburb that makes for a fantastic half or full day destination for families.
Here are some of my favourite places to see, play and eat in Frankston with kids.
1. Frankston Beach
Frankston Beach is long, clean and shallow far out into Port Phillip Bay, making it a great location for family-friendly water play. The 500m long pier provides great views back to shore and makes a lovely counterpoint against all that soft sand and blue water!
The beach is the end of a 9km stretch of sand that starts at Carrum. The Frankston end includes the Frankston Life Saving Club, Frankston Yach Club, the intersection of Kananook Creek with its spectacular arched Landmark Bridge as well as hosting Sand Sculpting, the largest exhibition of sand art in Australia every year.
The beach is patrolled on the weekends and during the summer months.
Frankston Beach, Nepean Highway, Frankston
Part fairy tower and Dracula’s castle, this adventure playground on Frankston Beach’s foreshore is a spacious and imaginative play space. FULL REVIEW.
Frankston Regional Playground, Pier Promenade, Frankston
3. Jubilee Park
Frankston’s newest park features artistic elements referencing the sand and the sea and a gorgeous look-and-find activity with native Australian animals and sea creatures. FULL REVIEW.
Jubilee Park, Hillcrest Rd, Frankston
4. Ballam Park
Double the fun with two regional playgrounds, skate park, parkour equipment, multi-use court and BBQ/picnic facilities. Full review.
Ballam Park, 260R Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
5. Recommended by readers – Frankston PARC (Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre) with indoor pools, aquatic playground and waterslides.
The library’s decorated with gorgeous murals depicting scenes and characters from Alice in Wonderland.
Inside snuggle up in the giant chair (which looks rather magical) in the children’s area, which also has some toys and of course books to enjoy.
Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston
Intriguing and curious artwork everywhere you look in this sculpture park inside 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens. FULL REVIEW.
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin
9. If you’re at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery then the on-site McClelland cafe has pretty good food that’s reasonably priced. Mostly it’s the setting you’re paying for so request a seat by the window. Note that lunch starts at 12pm. Pram access, high chairs, children’s menu and change facilities available. FULL REVIEW.
10. Eeny Meeny
Recommended to me by Frankston locals, this cafe in the centre of town has an eclectic vintage feel and a serene courtyard at the back complete with fishpond. Pram access, high chairs, disabled toilets available. FULL REVIEW.
Eeny Meeny, 96 Young St, Frankston
- BBQs and picnic facilities available at playground and along foreshore;
- beach showers/toilets and kiosk on foreshore;
- train from Melbourne CBD to Frankston approx 60 minutes;
- drive from Melbourne CBD to Frankston approx 45 minutes; and
- paid parking at the foreshore carpark and in Frankston CBD.