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.