Frankston City is the entry point to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and is enjoying strong growth as a region. Accessible via a major rail link and three freeways, there is much on offer here, including a range of activities held throughout the year.
Frankston dubs itself as the entertainment capital of Melbourne’s south-east, with a range of things to do for visitors including galleries, theatres, cinemas, nightlife, waterfront restaurants and hip urban bistros.
If you’re visiting during the day, remember that this area has long been a favourite playground for Melburnians looking to escape the city to explore the beautiful beaches.
Or pull on your sneakers after your day of work and explore one of the more than 500 lush green manicured parks, reserves and gardens throughout this region.
Frankston tempts visitors to stay a little longer given the events on offer, which include the Frankston Waterfront Festival and the Mornington Cup.
The municipality also has an Art After Dark Program on offer in the Glass Studio, which lights up the dark in a striking feature of the Frankston Arts Centre. The Glass Studio fronts onto Davey St, which provides a true interface for public art that utilises the latest technology.
Make sure you see what’s on show while you’re here, with new media projected works and sculptural and mixed media installations throughout the year.
Don’t look past the Frankston Arts Centre while you’re here. It attracts approximately 250,000 visitors through its doors each year, attracted to artistic offerings which range from community and school productions to sell-out performances by touring national and international artists, so have a look at what is playing while you’re in town. The Arts Centre is also renowned for its variety of theatre, visual arts and new media arts, from local, national and international artists.
Also, make sure you take a relaxing wander through the McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park, which showcases more than 100 permanent outdoor sculptures, dotted throughout 16 acres of forests and landscaped gardens in Langwarrin, which is 4kms east of Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Park is committed to the presentation and promotion of sculpture, and recently established the Elisabeth Murdoch Walk, which winds through the park and connects the sculptures in the permanent outdoor collection.