A gem of a walk taking in some of the best spots in Frankston South and Mount Eliza. This walk links together various of the lesser known but attractive reserves scattered throughout the area.
Starting and finishing at Olivers Hill Boat Ramp the walk includes Olivers Hill Lookout, Mann Drive Reserve, Sunset Cr Reserve, Lorikeet Reserve, Marie Court Reserve, Millbank Reserve, Overport Park and Lower Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve.
Designed to link up a number of the reserves in the area, the walk is partly through the reserves and partly on the roads between them in this hilly, attractive part of Frankston South and Mount Eliza. Some of the reserves are quiet without many other walkers. Take special care in wet weather as some of the tracks can be muddy and Mann Drive Reserve has a steepish section crossing a creek that can be slippery, and even under water if the rain has been recent.
Special points of interest are: Olivers Hill Lookout - with views to Melbourne's CBD; Millbank Rd Reserve; and Sweetwater Creek Reserve which has a number of walking tracks and exit points so be careful to keep note of where you are.
There are public toilets at Olivers Hill Boat Ramp. Since this walk is over 14km it is advisable to set off with sufficient water and snacks.
This great 14km walk provides a great overview of Frankston's natural assets!
This is the start and finish point of the walk. There is plenty of free parking and also toilets. Little Olly's coffee van operates very morning and a fish and chips van most afternoons.
Views right around the bay, including to Melbourne's CBD. At times there are spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The changing light and weather conditions ensure there is always something new to see.
This is a tiny reserve nestled next to the Nepean Hwy. Cross over the highway at the traffic light and head on up Humphries Rd
Mann Dr is a dirt road, at the end of which lies the reserve. You can go either left or right, but right is probably the easier route. Exit the reserve onto Erang Drive. NB: Can be slippery in the wet
This (un-named ?) reserve has a walking track joining Erang Dr to Berkeley Crt. There is a footbridge crossing the creek that runs through it.
An small but interesting reserve that runs between McGown Rd and Sunset Cr
This reserve runs between Fulton Rd and Walkers Rd. There are several paths but aim to take the one leading to the pre-school on Walkers Rd.
A pretty link between Marie Ct and Esme Ct. Steps lead down from Marie Ct
What a wonderful spot! This attractive, well cared for reserve runs along the creek and has a number of byways and entrance/exit points.
Overport Park is home to several sporting clubs and also has attractive gardens and walks. There is quite a high bridge across the creek.
A popular place for walkers with and without dogs
This entrance to Sweetwater is on Baden Powell Dr near Brighton St. There are a number of tracks within Sweetwater Creek but you cannot go too far wrong if you just keep making your way to the sea.
Just one of the many attractive features in this largely unknown gem of a reserve.
There are at least 4 bridges in the Sweetwater Creek Reserve and birdlife is quite vocal.
About 50 meters up Liddesdale Rd from Olivers Hill Boat Ramp. As you exit the reserve here you get a great view over the bay to Melbourne CBD.