A must go to place if you love bird watching. You’ll often find bird enthusiasts at the bird watching platform with their binoculars and cameras in hand.
Being a natural habitat makes for a great place for all ages to explore. With a cycling/walking track which goes around most of the perimeter this is a very popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The flat track is extremely easy to walk/cycle along . Whether you’re into bird watching, walking, jogging, cycling or looking for a place to sit and escape the hustle and bustle of city life this is the place to visit.
Living in the Frankston area most of my life this is a place that’s been frequented a lot growing up. From a kid going on family bike rides to a place to walk the dog.
About the Edithvale – Seaford Wetlands
Whilst the wetlands are a popular spot for humans, it’s also said that it’s home to 7,000 birds at any one time, consisting of 190 species. It is also said that the Eastern Grey Kangaroos also call this home, unfortunately we’ve never witnessed this. It’s awesome to know that not only do birds have a protected area to call home, so do the Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
Being the largest natural wetland in the area covering 101 hectares in Edithvale and 158 hectares in Seaford. It was formerly the Carrum Swamp which covered at least 4,000 hectares spreading from Mordialloc to Frankston. The now Patterson River which forms part of the beauty around this area and is another great place to walk/cycle along was made in 1879. The Patterson River was dug through the middle of the swamp to assist with flooding in the area and farmland.
The area has information boards which is great to learn about the history of the area and places to explore.
Whilst we may be a bit bias as it’s right at our doorstep, it really is a gem of a place to explore. We totally recommend a visit here. With some areas of the wetlands backing onto homes you’ll find the locals are very friendly.
5 Reasons to Visit the Edithvale – Seaford Wetlands
- 190 bird species make for awesome bird watching
- Family friendly
- Great cycling/walking circuit
- Picnic tables
- Dogs allowed – on the leash
- Bird watching platform
- Car park
- Picnic Tables scattered around the wetlands
- No toilets
- Walking/cycling track
There are many attractions nearby, with Seaford being on the edge of the Mornington Peninsula and a coastal town. Below are a handful of places that we have explored nearby:
- Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve
- Oliver’s Hill Lookout Point, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
- Frankston Foreshore, Beach and Pier, Frankston, Victoria
- Sweetwater Creek Reserve, Frankston, Victoria
- Ranelagh Beach, Mount Eliza, Victoria
- Frankston Street Art, Frankston, Victoria
Edithvale – Seaford Wetlands Location
- Seaford Wetlands Reserve, 43R Austin Rd, Seaford Victoria 3198
- Approximately 1.2 km, 4 mins from Seaford Train Station
- Approximately 37 km, 50 mins from Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 7.6 km, 12 mins from Frankston Train Station
Have you frequented this area, or explored other similar areas? We’d love to hear about your experiences and tips on places that you recommend.