With walking tracks and somewhere to take your kayak the Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is a lovely place to enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re a nature or plant enthusiast you will love it here. The reserve offers over 300 species of native plants!! It’s also a place for photographers to test out their photography skills.
We discovered the reserve during the Covid-19 period. It was a weekend when the restrictions were eased a little allowing Victorians to venture on short day trips. Having lived in the Frankston vicinity for most of my life it was a great opportunity to re-explore places close to my beloved home town. We also wanted to steer clear of the more populated areas. The Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve was a lovely find. There were a number of people exploring, however due to the nature of the reserve we saw minimal people on our walks except near the ramp of the Frankston Reservoir.
As we walked along looking at all the different native trees we listened to the birds singing happily that were perched on the nearby branches. The area is home to the cute spiky Australian echidna and blue tongue lizards, sadly we didn’t see either. Our eyes were definitely looking out for them!! We witnessed ducks enjoying the sunshine on the Frankston Reservoir where some people had just finished kayaking. At this moment I had to think how awesome it would be to own a kayak and explore the reserve from a different perspective.
There are a number of seats scattered throughout where you can take time out and enjoy the ambience.
Mushrooms dotted along the tracks made for some great photo opportunities. Always remember, if you see mushrooms not to touch them. No matter how tempting this may be as mushrooms can be poisonous.
What are the walking tracks like?
The flora and fauna changes as you make your way along the tracks, one minute you feel like your in a Pine tree forest, next you’re surrounded by native trees.
There are a few different walking tracks to choose from. Whilst the walks are easy you will come across some areas which are a little hilly, others you’ll come across a few steps. For cyclists there are great spots to test out those legs as you climb the hilly sections. Whether you want to stroll, walk, jog, run or cycle this 98 hectare park it’s a beautiful place to explore.
Some areas of the Kookaburra Bush Track you get beautiful views of the Frankston Reservoir.
- No Public Toilets
- Walking track map located at the car park
- Car Park
- No BBQ facilities
- Camping is not allowed
- Dogs are not allowed
- Swimming is not allowed
- Fishing is not allowed
- Ramp for kayak enthusiasts
The area is well sign posted, providing informative details about the reserve. Walks are clearly sign posted to advise how long the walks are, the terrain and approximate time frame to complete the track.
Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve Location
- Jeremy Way, Frankston South VIC 3199
- Approximately 58km, 49mins from the Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 3.4 km, 6 mins from Frankston
If you love being out in nature I’m sure you would enjoy spending an hour or two here.
There are many wonderful places to explore nearby, with Frankston being north of the Mornington Peninsula. Many say Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. Below are some of the places we have explored in Frankston:
- Frankston Foreshore, Beach & Pier, Frankston, Victoria
- Oliver’s Hill Lookout Point, Frankston, Victoria
- Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve, Frankston, Victoria
- Edithvale – Seaford Wetlands, Victoria, Australia
- Ranelagh Beach, Mount Eliza, Victoria
- Frankston Street Art, Frankston, Victoria
Do you have any places that are a little gem near where you live that you’d like to share with us? Perhaps you’ve explored this reserve or places similar, we’d love to hear about your experiences.