Despite its similar area and name, Frankston City is a different entity to the former City of Frankston which existed from 1966 until 1994, which was a continuation of the former Shire of Frankston and was abolished under the Kennett local government reforms.
The Frankston City population forecast for 2016 is 134,143, and is forecast to grow to 155,202 by 2031.
Frankston Memorial Park (Frankston Cemetery) is located on the corner of Cranbourne Road and Moorooduc Highway (McMahons Road), Frankston. Land was set aside for a cemetery in Frankston in 1864-65. The first recorded burial was 1878, although there were almost certainly burials prior to this date before the keeping of records.
The City of Frankston was created in 1994 out of the remains of three abolished councils — all but the suburb of Mount Eliza from the former City of Frankston; the suburbs of Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and Skye from the City of Cranbourne; and part of Carrum Downs from the City of Springvale.
The major part of the City was first incorporated in 1860 as the Mornington Roads District, which became a shire in 1871 and was renamed Shire of Frankston and Hastings in 1893, losing its western riding to form the Shire of Mornington, which has since been amalgamated into the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. On 19 October 1960, the Shire of Frankston and Hastings split in two, with the western part remaining as the Shire of Frankston, and the eastern part being incorporated as the Shire of Hastings.
Frankston was officially proclaimed as a City on 24 August 1966.
Median house price in Frankston is $615,075 for sale and $380 per week for rent.
Frankston has a thriving arts and theatre scene with the popular Frankston Arts Centre and several galleries. A visit to the McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery is a great experience.
The beaches around Frankston are mainly calm and sandy, perfect for swimming, boating and other water activities. To the south, the sandy beaches make way for rocky cliffs and headlands. Panoramic views can be enjoyed across Port Phillip Bay and north along the beachside suburbs from vantage points such as Olivers Hill.
In 1857 a short pier was built on the site of the present pier. In 1863, after a petition presented by local residence to the Public Works Department the pier was extended into deeper water.
In 1867, The Frankston Fish Company was established for the sole purpose of supplying fish to the Melbourne Fish Markets. Auction sales were held every morning at the Melbourne Markets. Horse drawn wagons left Frankston in the middle of the night, reaching the Melbourne Markets in time for the morning auction sales.
According to local residents one of the most famous visitors to use the pier was Lord Brassey, later becoming the Governor of Victoria from 1895 – 1900, when he tied his yacht “Sunbeam” up to the pier during his around the world journey in 1876-77.
In the early 1920’s at the entrance to Frankston pier there was the “Fairy Garden” with a number of small pavilions along the beachfront. These were designed by the famous architect Walter Burley Griffin.
Every year the Norfolk pine tree outside Frankston’s civic centre is adorned with more than 4000 globes as families turn out for one of the great Christmas events on Frankston’s calendar.
Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Frankston is a must visit destination with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when heading down to this seaside township.
4 Wells Street
Specialty coffee and jaffles.
36 Wells Street
Mediterranean-inspired cuisine available throughout a vast breakfast and lunch menu.
FLOURISH CAFE OLIVERS HILL
44 Norman Avenue
Cozy and comfortable environment that makes you feel like you’re at home! Great tasting Genovese coffee premieres, alongside delicious dishes.
52 Young Street
Following the motto “A fiesta of fine coffee and food”, this café makes it their mission to start your day off with a “perfect cup of coffee” and their “famous Egg and Bacon sandwich on thick toast or a fresh muffin.”
WHAT TO DO?
Frankston’s comprehensive array of attractions will keep you engrossed for ages! Head down to Bayside Shopping Centre to complete an immense shopping spree, or attend the nearby Hoyts Cinema and watch a film that will adhere to your tastes.
For a more tranquil day out you can visit the Frankston Foreshore and enjoy a fabulous meal at the adjacent Sofia restaurant. On those beautiful days the beach opposite the foreshore is waiting for you to come and traverse through its smooth sand, making everlasting memories.
At the top of Olivers Hill you can look out at Port Phillip Bay, admiring the distant city views