Frankston has become a very desirable bayside destination, with an expansive waterfront featuring tree-shaded lawns, a broad promenade and a soft sand beach with shallow waters. You can cycle or stroll the boardwalk that’s part of the Bay Trail and links most of Frankston’s 10km of coastline, sip coffee in a beachside café or dine as you watch a brilliant sunset.
From Boxing Day to April, the incredible Sand Sculpting Australia exhibition comes to the foreshore, with 3500 tonnes of sand sculpted into a themed and magical display. In March, the Asia-Pacific Ironman Championship starts at Frankston, with the swim and bike ride.
Frankston is very family friendly place, with adventure playgrounds, a huge skate park and an indoor rock-climbing centre. If the weather is bad, visit the large local cinema complex, or browse through 250 retail outlets in the nearby shopping centre. Family dining is a favourite here, with lots of casual ethnic restaurants.
Frankston also has a thriving arts community, with many events at the Frankston Arts Centre, a Coastal Arts Trail to walk, historic homes and little galleries filled with gifts and treasures to take home. At nearby Langwarrin is the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, with more than 70 works by top Australian sculptors displayed in a bush setting. The biennial $150,000 McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award attracts international interest and adds to the park’s renowned collection.