Stretching for a little over 4 km between the Frankston CBD and the Peninsula Link Trail, the Frankston-Baxter Trail follows a section of the Stony Point Line and is popular with runners, dog walkers, cyclists, and families.
Lots of people simply use this trail as a convenient way to walk or ride to work or school.
If you want to follow the trail beyond the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, then you can continue on the path as it runs alongside the railway line down to Golf Links Road.
The start of the Frankston-Baxter Trail at the corner of Playne Street and Baxter Street in Frankston.
Starting at the corner of Playne Street and Baxter Street in Frankston (just across from the train station), it's just under a kilometre to the Moorooduc Highway. You might have to wait a while for the lights at this intersection, but it will be the busiest road you cross before the Peninsula Link.
From the Moorooduc Highway, it's another kilometre to Hillcrest Road. In this section, you'll pass Bunnings, the back of Monash Uni, Leawarra Station, and Jubilee Park.
You're not likely to see many people at Leawarra Station (the only Stony Point Line station you actually pass on the trail) but depending on the day, time of year, and how we are going with Covid-19 restrictions when you read this, there's likely to be a crowd at Jubilee Park. Listen to the locals cheering on their team, and pretend the applause is for you as you push on to the two-kilometre section of trail between Hillcrest Road and Willow Road.
The gentle ups and downs of this section can be deceiving on a trail that at first appears flat. The asphalt is fairly well maintained. It's comfortable underfoot and fine for kids' scooters or most bike tyres but may prove a little rough for road bikes.
Frankston-Baxter Trail is great for walking, running, or teaching the kids to ride their bikes.
Once you arrive at Willow Road, cross over and leave the darker asphalt trail behind for around 300 metres of smooth, grey concrete. For this section, you're technically already on the Peninsula Link Trail.
Cross over Willow Road and you're almost at the Peninsula Link Trail.
When you reach the path that runs alongside the freeway you can turn left (north) towards Cranbourne Road, or right (south) towards Robinsons Road. Or take a slight left before crossing over the bridge. From here you can continue south down the Frankston-Baxter Trail towards the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, or continue along the trail's length to Golf Links Road.
Choose your adventure on the Peninsula Link Trail.
If you continue on your journey beside the freeway, then you're probably going to notice the petrol fumes straight away, in contrast to the quieter Frankston-Baxter trail. The Peninsula Link Trail may be newer, shinier, and more well-known, but there is a lot to like about a less-used trail like Frankston-Baxter that winds unobtrusively behind back fences and alongside suburban streets.
Or it might be time to turn your weary legs for home. If it is, I hope the crowds at Jubilee Park are cheering for you.