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Seaford Foreshore Reserve Walking Track

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by Lyndsey V (subscribe)
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Published August 5th 2018
A sandy walking track through Seaford's coastal vegetation
The Seaford Foreshore Walking Track is a flat, sandy trail through the coastal dunes behind Seaford beach, south-east of Melbourne.

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The Seaford Foreshore Reserve walking track, showing the White Correa (Correa alba) in flower

The track runs for approximately five kilometres from Keast Park in the north, to Mile Bridge in the south. Keast Park has a large car parking area, but there is no dedicated parking area at the southern end of the track. There are plenty of additional pedestrian access options from Nepean Highway, which runs parallel to the track, so shorter sections can easily be walked.

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A view along the track

For those after a longer walk, a great ten-kilometre option is to follow the full length of the Seaford Foreshore Walking Track in one direction and return by walking along the lovely white sand of Seaford beach in the other direction. The beach itself can also be accessed at regular intervals from the main walking track.

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A ten kilometre return walk can be created by walking along the track in one direction and along Seaford Beach in the other direction

The track is set back from the beach between the primary and secondary dunes. It's a peaceful place to walk, and on a windy day it is much more sheltered than walking along the beach.

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One of the many access points from the main walking track down to the beach

The track passes through an important 50-hectare patch of remnant indigenous coastal vegetation. The dunes are fenced off for their protection and there has been many years of hard work to restore and revegetate the dunes, creating valuable habitat for a variety of flora and fauna, particularly birds such as the White-browed Scrubwren and the Superb Fairy-wren.

Of particular importance is the Coast Banksia Woodland, described as the finest example of this woodland type in Melbourne, as much of this vegetation has been cleared around the coastal strip of Port Phillip Bay. Other common plant species include Coast Tea-tree, White Correa, Coast Beard Heath and Coast Daisy-bush.

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Coast Banksia along the track

There are interpretive signs along the track with information about the foreshore's human history and ecology.

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One of the many interpretive signs along the walking track

There are plenty of facilities along the track, including multiple toilet blocks, drinking fountains, rubbish bins and picnic areas. The largest picnic areas are at Keast Park (where there is also a playground), and at Seaford pier carpark, where the Seaford shops can also be easily accessed.

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There are plenty of picnic areas along the way

"The Hermitage", an art installation by Jacki Staude on the track near the Seaford pier carpark is fascinating. Interpretive signage tells the story of John Maddox, who lived as a hermit on the Seaford foreshore where he exchanged fish and labour for food with other locals. He apparently created a 'fantasy world from shells, bottles and driftwood', and died in 1917.

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'The Hermitage' near Seaford pier car park

Dogs are allowed along the track on a leash, with time restrictions between December and March.
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Why? A five kilometre sandy walking track through coastal vegetation
When: Anytime
Phone: 1300 322 322 (Frankston City Council)
Where: Seaford Foreshore
Cost: Free
Your Comment
More lovely photos Lyndsey - thanks.
by May Cross (score: 3|7389) 846 days ago
Thanks this is a great walk which we did a few weeks ago. Another alternative is to return via the Kananook Creek track which passes through some nice bushland next to Kananook Creek and returns to the same point.
by malno (score: 0|5) 846 days ago
Parking in Seaford is difficult, the few areas are nearly always full and limited in time. From seaford pier to Frankston there is no beachside parking. From Keast park to Seaford, almost nothing. Mums and kids have to run across the road in summer, so dangerous. From Mordialloc north there are numerous beachside parking bays. The Seaford strip badly needs these.
by studi (score: 1|11) 841 days ago
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