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Frankston - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘Gateway to the Mornington Peninsula’

Originally home to the Bunurong Aboriginal tribe the area was first settled by white men in 1836 a Mr John Smith. Later settlers occupied the area primarily for the great fishing to be found here with the timber industry providing an additional economic springboard for settlement in the area. It wasn't until 1882 that the railways arrived turning this sleepy fishing village of Frankston into a vibrant resort like town for the growing population of Melbourne.

Today, Frankston is home to over 110,000 people. Located only 40 km south of Melbourne it is an ideal commuter city providing a resort like lifestyle whilst still being able to work in Melbourne. The city has over 7 km of surf beaches, historic buildings, great restaurants, nightclubs, theatre, botanic gardens and all the usual delights of a large metropolitan centre. Shopping in Frankston is some of the best outside of the Melbourne metropolitan area offering an experience usually only found in large state capitals. 

Other items of interest include the popular Frankston Guitar Festival the Frankston Sea Festival and Olivers Hill which provides scenic views over over Port Phillip and the Dandenong Ranges to the east. Today Olivers Hill is home to many wealthy homes.

Check out our listing of Frankston accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Frankston Arts Centre and Tourist Information
Davey St
Frankston VIC 3199
Ph: 03 9784 1060

Frankston Attractions

Frankston Arts Centre
• This centre is anything but conventional. A purpose built theatre, conference and exhibition venue, the centre still provides an intimate experience with a state of the art auditorium, excellent catering packages, up to 500m2 of exhibition space, undercover parking for 300, free standing conference equipment, flexible friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Frankston Guitar Festival
Frankston Pier Fishing Day
• The annual Frankston Pier Fishing Day is part of Futurefish Fishing Week Victoria. Learn all the tricks of the trade from the experts and learn about sea life through the interactive displays.
Frankston Sea Festival
• Celebrate life by the bay with Frankston's annual Sea Festival held each January. The Frankston Sea Festival is a celebration of Frankston's biggest and best natural attributes - the waterfront consisting of multicultural entertainment, children's workshops, a bustling market place, environmental displays, "come and try" activities, and a whole lot more.
George Pentland Botanic Gardens
• The undulating grassed open space and garden beds create a pleasant environment for community and family group activities. Substantial improvement works have been undertaken in recent years to upgrade the gardens. The botanic collection is being strengthened and leisure facilities are being improved.
Japanese Cultural Fair
• For the last 20 years our sister city association has been promoting cultural exchange between Frankston and Susono in Japan. In alternate years, each city holds a fair to celebrate and promote the other's way of life and culture.
Pets Day Out
• Treat your furry friend to a free day full of fun activities, entertainment and displays... purrfect for the whole family. Visit the exhibitor stalls and find out about the benefits of micro chipping your pet.
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Frankston Distance

Distance to Frankston
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Frankston:
• Dromana 30
• Melbourne 54
• Phillip Island 103
• Portsea 55
• Rosebud 37
• Sorrento 52
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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