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Sweetwater Creek Walking Trail

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published April 1st 2013
Follow the creek to the coast, in this hidden wonderland
Sweetwater Creek

I have lived on the Mornington Peninsula for my entire life yet I have never been to Sweetwater Creek Reserve and only found out about it by chance a few weeks ago. I must be totally honest in saying I never thought of Frankston as a walking destination.


However, I underestimated the hidden beauty that lies behind the Nepean Highway. I think when some places are perceived badly then you don't bother looking, though behind this cover is a beautiful nature reserve and board walk. I think the people of Frankston are trying to keep this jewel a hidden secret, and who could blame them?


We parked at the corner of Baden Powell Drive and Brighton Street in Frankston South and began our walk from there, straight into the nature reserve. There are many starting points, depending where you park, but I would recommend starting here.

board walk

You begin on a board walk. It's very similar to Balcombe Estuary board walk and it has the same feel to it as it follows the creek with the reeds and tea tree. It opens up a little onto a dirt/gravel walking track and you cross bridges with the creek babbling below and blue fairy wrens darting through the shrubs and low branches. On the Granite track we got down to where the creek was running with the boulders in the water making it the perfect backdrop for a photo (pictured at top).


The track then comes to several small stair cases, with some only 3-4 steps with others being up to 20 steps. After a few sets of steps going up and over it flattens off until you get to the corner of the Nepean Highway and Liddesdale Avenue at the bottom of Olivers Hill. We crossed the highway and took the board walk towards the Frankston Pier and continued past the lifesaving club, crossing the Kananook Creek further down andfollowing the Kananook Creek walking trail until Mile Bridge, just before Seaford.

Life Saving Club

I was really surprised at how good the Frankston foreshore walking trails are. It seems a lot of money has gone into creating these walkways and public spaces.



A nice house overlooking Kananook Creek

We came back along the road and footpath on Long Island, which is the beach side of Kananook Creek, and followed that back to life saving club. We stopped at the Frankston Park for the kids to have a play before continuing the return trip.

Frankston Park

The total length of the walk was roughly 9.2 kilometres and I would rate it as easy.

Frankston Waterfront
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Why? To follow the creek to the ocean
When: All year round
Where: Corner of Brighton St Frankston South
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Lorraine,
Did you see many other people on your walk? I'd like to try this path myself - I'd be alone and I like a path to have just enough people to feel secure without feeling overcrowded.
by debma (score: 0|5) 662 days ago
Great article and inspiring images Lorraine - I love 'hidden' gems tucked into our urban landscape - looking forward to it! Thanks! J
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1725) 1574 days ago
Love gardens and walking tracks of interest
by frank (score: 1|18) 1192 days ago
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