Recreational Activities

 

Frankston's beach offers excellent recreational facilities and activities for all age groups. Walkers have an opportunity to explore the Seaford beach area and observe the last three kilometer stretch of unspoilt vegetation around Port Phillip Bay. Frankston pier provides a focal point for walkers and all types of boating and canoeing activities, with its direct access into the Kananook Creek which provides walking and boating access for a distance of five kilometers. Two restaurants are located right on the beachfront for indoor and outdoor dining or a snack to take onto the beach. Frankston beach is the home of the Frankston Lifesaving, Yacht and Anglers clubs. Canoeing and boating with access ramp facilities in Kananook Creek and at the base of Olivers Hill offers residents and visitors alike, safe access to Port Phillip Bay. A windsurfer zone with marker boys is located at the southern end of this popular beach.

Children have an adventure playground on the foreshore with full family barbecue facilities adjacent to a boardwalk, stretching from Frankston pier to the base of Olivers Hill. The boardwalk is a great attraction to all ages with it's continuous vista across the water. The beach offers excellent and very safe facilities for swimmers with two main sandbars controlling the depth of water. At low tide, the beach is a haven for young children to build sandcastles and, for the more adventurous to practice their 'skiffle' boarding. In summer the sandbars offer great beach cricket facilities. Frankston council maintains very good beach cleaning facilities to the benefit of visitors, residents and early morning dog walkers.

 


Currently there are major concerns in the community that council's proposed marina could destroy the small, highly used section of beach between the pier and Olivers Hill and curtail many of the above activities. If you are a user of this section of the beach and share these concerns on the marina, we would be pleased to receive your comments and suggestions via an email.

Similarly, if you foresee opportunities for extending the use of the beach and its reserves for further recreational activities, then please email us with your thoughts.

 

Recreation off our Beaches


One of our supporters in opposing the marina is local veterinarian, 65 year old Bill Robinson, who has a very high profile in the sport of kayaking. Bill has kayaked the length of the Murray River in 2005 and across Bass Strait to Tasmania in 2007. He trains on Port Philip Bay daily throughout the year and knows the marine environment of the proposed marina area better than almost anyone else. He is opposed to the marina development and his first hand description of the marine treasures we have in our "Frankston marine park" are worth communicating to a wider audience……

"Every year as the weather gets colder, the numbers of pilchards in the Bay increases and it is usually in June, July and August we see the wonderful interaction of the pilchards and the birds and animals that prey upon them. Port Philip Bay has a large colony of gannets, at the Pope's Eye sanctuary between Sorrento and Queenscliff.

On most mornings in winter, I observe those majestic birds with their wingspan of over a metre, making their way north to feed on the pilchards. Often, for days on end it is possible to see hundreds of gannets diving into the schools of pilchards in the waters off Olivers Hill. Often large flocks of little penguins will surround the pilchards at the same time, and my research has told me that some of these birds come from the rookery at St Kilda Pier and also from the Philip Island rookery.

At times I have been privileged to be present when a school of Australian Salmon has joined in the feeding frenzy only to be herded and eaten by the members of the dolphin pod, which we regularly kayak with, in the waters between Frankston and Mornington. I consider that in all my thousands of kilometres of kayaking, that being able to sit quietly on the edge of a feeding frenzy of gannets, penguins, salmon and dolphins at Olivers Hill, has to be one of my most memorable experiences."

These feeding grounds will be put at risk if the marina development goes ahead.