Phillip Island Penguins
Drive an hour or so from Frankston and you'll find yourself standing nose to nose with koalas, sharing a beach with hungry pelicans, watching a colony of fur seals in the sun, and of course walking with our famous penguins. At Summer land Beach the Little Penguins arrive at sunset. The award-winning visitors center is open from 10am. Koalas are readily found on Phillip Island and there are great beaches for swimming, surfing and fishing around the island.
From Frankston to Portsea are the most picturesque Peninsula Beaches on Port Philip Bay including Dromana, Rosebud and Sorrento. On Western Port Bay the beaches at Somers, Pt. Leo and Shoreham offer very safe swimming and lovely walks. Close by Somers is a large colony of koalas. All beaches are an easy drive from our park.
In and around Frankston is probably the best and most extensive range of golf courses in Australia with 16 championship golf courses. Frankston Holiday Village is an ideal base for your golfing holiday.
Puffing Billy is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. An historic steam train still running regularly in the mountain district it was built to serve at the turn of the century. The Railway is the sole survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900's. Puffing Billy is now a major tourist attraction, its operation depending on hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Puffing Billy runs every day of the year, except Christmas day, so why not take yourself and your family or friends on a sentimental journey along this 24.5 km operating museum. Enjoy the mountain scenery and panoramic views which pass by your carriage window.
Like all good stories this one had humble beginnings with the first trees planted on the property over 30 years ago. The lush evergreen "Cupresses Macrocarpa" are visually stunning and have been featured in all forms of media both locally and internationally. The dense sculptured walls of the two hedge structures now stand two metres wide and three metres in height and are enjoyed by those who face the challenge to lose themselves. Home to Australia's oldest and largest traditional hedge mazes Ashcombe also features the first circular rose maze of its kind in the world. 1200 rose bushes specifically chosen for their colour and perfume make this maze a sensory delight and challenge.
The Mornington Peninsula lies within the Port Phillip Zone just an hour south from Melbourne. The wine region takes in the whole peninsula starting at Mt Eliza just below Frankston. The main towns amongst the vineyards are Dromana, Red Hill South, Merricks and Moorooduc. The wine industry has been particularly active in establishing eateries at their cellar doors and getting round them is hassle free with a number of wine tour companies and shuttle services getting you there and providing insiders' knowledge about the best the Peninsula can offer.
- Explore the Frankston Waterfront... venture along the foreshores 1.5 kilometres of raised timber boardwalk (pram friendly) and enjoy the seaside views. - Discover the "secret message" on the pier flags. Each flag pole has a letter on, walk along and decode the 22 pole message. - Try fishing from the Frankston pier.
Frankston Sunday Market - Operates each Sunday morning from 8:00am to 1:00pm
from 01 November, 2014 to 31 December, 2018
The market area consists of a large number of outdoor and semi-covered stalls, varying from homemade wares, crafts, new goods, new and pre-loved fashion, bric-a-brac, collectables, fresh produce, beautiful flowers and plants, fantastic food (including our famous hot jam donuts), outdoor café, toilets, entertainment and a whole lot more. We encourage everyone to come down and enjoy all the fun of this true Frankston icon.
Seaford Farmers' Market - Operates on the third Sunday of each month from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
from 01 November, 2014 to 30 July, 2018
The Rotary Club of Frankston runs a Farmers’ Market on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 8am to 1pm. The market is located in the Broughton Street Reserve (off Station Street), Seaford. Melway 99E3. There is a wide range of fresh produce for sale; including fruit and vegetables, fresh and smoked meats and fish, breads, pastas, cakes and desserts, jams and conserves, pickles, soaps, olive produce, pancakes and poffertjes.Cost: gold coin donation, Time: 8.00am - 1.00pm.
Mornington Main Street Craft Market - Every Wednesday
from 01 March, 2015 to 30 June, 2018
Venue: Main Street, Mornington Mornington Chamber of Commerce: Phone - 03 5975 4522 9am to 3pm. Entry and car parking free. Mornington's Main St. Wednesday market is alive with colour and variety. It is the longest running street market in Victoria, it is 27 years old and worth a visit. Visitors come from far and wide to sample the many home made crafts, home grown plants and produce and to soak up the vibrant atmosphere that the Wednesday market is famous for. Market is on every Wednesday
from 01 March, 2016 to 30 June, 2018
Date: 1st three Sundays of the month Time: 11am-3pm Enjoy a traditional diesel or steam locomotive ride from Moorooduc Station traveling via Tanti station to Mornington. VENUE : Moorooduc Station, Two Bays Road, Moorooduc TIMES : Departing from Moorooduc Station at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3pm COST : $8-$43 PHONE : 1300 767 274 for Bookings
Guided Tours - McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park
from 21 June, 2012 to 01 March, 2018
Every Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun Venue: McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, McClelland Drive, Langwarrin Cost: Gold Coin Donation Ph. 9789 1671 Guided Tours with experienced and qualified volunteer guides every Wed and Thurs 11am & 2pm Sculpture Park Tours Every Sat & Sun by prior booking. Bookings highly recommended- pre-booking for groups of 15 or more is essential. Golf cart seats max 5 and must be pre-booked. Priority is given to visitors with mobmobility challenges No tours when over 32 degrees
Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights
from 26 November, 2016 to 26 November, 2018
Join Santa, Mrs Claus and your host Brodie Harper, as they guide you into an evening guaranteed to inspire the hearts and imaginations of everyone who attends as once again, Davey Street and the Frankston Arts Centre are transformed into an enchanted land where magic happens and dreams really do come true. Celebrating its 17 year, Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the spirit of community with your family and friends. For further infovisit website.
Wells Street Farmers Market-Thursday's 8am - 2pm
from 20 November, 2014 to 28 January, 2018
The Wells Street Farmers Market in the city centre offers an array of fresh food showcasing great varieties of fruit, vegetables, meats, cakes, pastries and breads. The street is closed between Park Lane and Thompson Street, allowing visitors to walk freely among the stalls and pop in and out of the shops. Cost: Free Time: 8am-2pm
Somerville Saturday Market- St Andrews Anglican Church, Eramosa Road, Somerville
from 13 December, 2014 to 28 May, 2018
The Somerville Saturday Market began about 15 years ago as a means of bringing in additional income and making greater contact with the local community, market is on every second Saturday of the month, except the January. Stalls can range from bric a brac to jewellery, clothes, plants, toys, soaps, crafts, fruit and vegetables, cards, tools and furniture. Time: 9am-1pm Cost: Free Phone: 03 5977 6980
Ventana Street Fiesta 2018
from 10 March, 2018 to 10 March, 2018
Immerse yourself in Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish cultures throughout the day with delicious BBQs, street food, music, dance performances and workshops for the entire family to enjoy, while roaming the unique craft stalls. Make sure you visit all the quarters (barrios) - Central America, Spain, Brazil, Andes,Chile and more.
The Peninsula Picnic
from 17 March, 2018 to 17 March, 2018
Pack your basket, throw in the picnic rug and have your dancing shoes at the ready, The Peninsula Picnic, presented by Melbourne MINI Garage, is back with a new day, a hot line-up and a menu choc-full of local food and wine. The Peninsula Picnic returns on Saturday March 17, 2018, and with headline act, the John Butler Trio, at the helm, the Peninsula’s biggest food, wine and music festival gathering is sure to feed the hungry soul. Eight of the region’s best restaurants and five wineries have been hand-picked to keep the crowds buzzing across the one-day festival.