This walk encompasses the best parts of Frankston - An award winning playground, beach, pier and the tranquil Sweetwater Creek - which will have you questioning whether you have left mankind behind!
Frankston has many beautiful walks and attractions – with this walk combining both! Frankston waterfront including the pier, boardwalk, beach and the award-winning ‘Castle Park’ playground and the Sweetwater Creek Trail which immerses you within such a peaceful atmosphere that you will forget where you are completely.
The Frankston Pier is vast in size and has many interesting features, including flags that spell out a hidden message, a kinetic lighting display and views of the Melbourne skyline. If you’re new to the area, drop by the Visitors Centre next to the pier to learn more about what Frankston has to offer.
As you travel along the boardwalk that runs adjacent to the beach, make sure to take one of the many turn-offs that leads to ‘Castle Park’ – a majestic playground representing a castle. This playground is a real treat, with play equipment for kids of all age groups and catering to all needs. This area also has BBQ facilities, beach lockers ($2 per day), picnic tables, toilet facilities and showers.
After you are done with the hustle and bustle on the waterfront, head to the start of the Sweetwater Creek Trail for some peace and tranquillity. This trail will completely surround you with greenery as you listen to the sound of the creek flowing amongst the rocks below. You will make your way along a range of bridges, surfaces, up and down some steps (don’t worry – it is well worth it!) and stopping at a small playground before arriving at the bottom of the creek where you can climb down amidst the rocks and running water. This part of Sweetwater Creek is definitely my favourite – watching my dogs hop in and out of the water and kids splashing around.
Sweetwater Creek has many different tracks you can take, all leading back to each other, so feel free to explore them all (and don’t worry – they are all clearly signposted!) so go on and enjoy!
-Dogs are prohibited on the beach 9.30-7.30pm between 1 Dec – 31 March. All other times dogs must be on-leash
-This is a completely on-leash walk – even when in the creek dogs are expected to be on-leash.
-If you don’t want to pay a small fee to park at the Frankston Pier, feel free to instead park at Oliver’s Hill Boat Ramp which has no fee.
-Between December to April, Frankston Waterfront holds a Sand Sculpting Australia Exhibition which is well worth a visit!
Never been beyond the beach when visiting Frankston? This walk is a great way to discover there's much more the the place, including the gorgeous Sweetwater Creek, where dogs are allowed (on leash).
Frankston Pier was constructed in 1857 and displays gorgeous views across the bay all the way to the city skyline. Each pier support has a pole with a semaphore flag attached, spelling out a message.
Frankstons award winning playground includes play equipment for all children - seperate toddler-junior, senior level and equipment for children with disabilities. You could be stuck here for hours!
The Frankston Boardwalk runs along the whole of the Frankston Foreshore and has many entries/exits to the beach (please see notes for dog-friendly beach times)
Immerse yourself within the gorgeous greenery that is Sweetwater Creek
This bridge opened in 2001 and is a little bit of fun - moving slightly as you walk along it (or more if you jump!)
This spot is generally the busiest part of the walk - with everyone wanting to climb down into the gushing stream (dogs included!)
This boardwalk has all the peace and quite in the world as you walk through a tunnel of trees!
This is a cute little playground with a great view of the greenery below.