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Kananook Creek Walking Trail

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by Lyndsey V (subscribe)
I'm an ecologist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Also visit me at www.instagram.com/victoriafloraandfauna/
Published August 7th 2018
Follow the Kananook Creek trail from Seaford to Frankston
Kananook Creek flows between Seaford wetlands and the Frankston foreshore, parallel to the coastline in south-east Melbourne. Along the creek is the Kananook Creek Walking Trail, which extends from Eel Race Road, Seaford, in the north to near Frankston pier in the south, with a total one-way distance of 7.5 km.

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View of Kananook Creek from the bridge across Eel Race Road


The track passes through the vegetation of the Kananook Creek reserve, which is mostly tea-tree scrub and Coast Banksia woodland. The local Kananook Creek Association has worked hard since 1970 to revegetate and restore the reserve and the creek, which are home to a wide range of indigenous plant species, native birds, lizards, frogs and fish.

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Walking through the coast Banksia trees


The main entry points to the trail are to the east side of the bridge over the creek along Eel Race Road and the Frankston foreshore. There isn't any dedicated parking area around the Eel Race Road section, but there are parking areas at the Frankston foreshore.

Walking along the creek near Frankston foreshore


Another major entry/exit point is where the Nepean Highway crosses the creek at Frankston (called Mile Bridge), allowing a shorter walk between here and Eel Race Road of 5.7 km, although again there is no dedicated parking nearby. Numerous other entry points from local roads are scattered all along the trail to allow walks of any desired distance.

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The entry to the trail at Mile Bridge on Nepean Highway, Frankston (north of the road)


A loop walk can be created by following the Seaford Foreshore Walking Track in one direction, with the southern entrance to this walk located near Mile Bridge on the beach side of Nepean Highway. A short walk along Nepean Highway is required to join the northern end of the Seaford Foreshore Walking Track at Keast Park to the northern entrance of the Kananook Creek Walking Trail along Eel Race Road. Alternatively, a loop walk could also be created by walking one way along the beach itself.

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Walkers can go all the way to the foreshore at Frankston


The walking track is mostly sandy underfoot, with some gravel sections and paved sections, particularly at the Frankston end, where the path alongside the creek becomes a footpath. It is mostly flat, with a few steps here and there along the way.

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The trail is mostly sandy and flat, with a few steps along the way and some paved/gravel areas


The track crosses over many roads (including busy ones such as Seaford Rd and Nepean Hwy), and at one point the train track, so take care at these intersections.

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Crossing the train line


The surrounding bushland is more natural and dense in the Seaford section of the walk, and the views down to the creek are glimpses through the trees. South of Mile Bridge is more landscaped, with the track following close to the creek.

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The trail south of Mile Bridge passes through more landscaped (rather than natural bushland) areas, and is close to the creek


There are picnic tables and toilets at various points along the walk.

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A picnic area along the trail near Fiocchi Ave, Frankston


One downside of the walk is that there is a lot of graffiti, particularly on signs, the timber lining the sides of the track, and even on some of the trees themselves. This is more of an issue in the northern section of the trail.

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The Eel Race Road entry to the trail - the downside of the walking track is seeing the graffiti, especially on signs


Dogs are allowed along the track on-leash.
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Why? Walk along the creekside trail from Seaford to Frankston
When: Anytime
Phone: 1300 322 322 (Frankston City Council)
Where: Seaford
Cost: Free
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