It is no secret to Melburnians (and perhaps some beyond the city) that Frankston has at times been embattled with a difficult reputation.
The reasons for this are varying but oftentimes have been illusory - as a huge city (and the last stop on a train line that bears it name). A joke about 'Frankston' will often be a very general comment on a problem or issue in Melbourne, and as a result is oftentimes either unfair or inaccurate.
A visit to Frankston beach is illustrative of this. A huge expanse of sand and sea, with a great pier in the middle and the gorgeous Oliver's Hill (and road to the Mornington Peninsula) alongside it.
The beautiful Oliver's Hill that sits offside Frankston beach often delivers a fantastic sunset over Port Phillip Bay.
The beach itself is a vibrant hub of activity. Alongside swimmers, sandcastle builders, and beachgoers dozing in the sand who make up the regulars you'll find at any Melbourne beach, so too are kayakers, jet skiers, and sailors and boaters (though out at a safe distance from swimmers) often on show.
For those travelling by car or bike, alongside the bay trail, beach road, and cycling routes that make for wonderful thoroughfares through Frankston to Mornington or back towards the CBD.
Further, if you are catching the train home from work or uni sometime and are not too many stops away, Frankston Beach shall leave you tempted to ride to the train's end, hop off, and get in a swim.
With movies cinemas, great shopping, and a rich arts scene throughout the community, Frankston holds a great village feel. A trip to the beach on a long spring afternoon or summer weekend makes for a great starting point in exploring the wider community.