Do you love walking amongst nature, along winding paths whilst listening to the birds happily singing? If you do then you’d enjoy spending time in this beautiful setting.
Growing up in the Frankston area the Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve was a place I visited on school group excursions, today we wander along taking in the tranquility of the area. As you head towards the Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve you wouldn’t think so much beauty laid hidden behind the bushland which is neighbored by many homes.
As you make your way through the reserve there are many information boards providing insight to the native species and bushland.
About the Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve
You could easily spend an hour walking along the many tracks. There are many ways to enter the reserve with some having quite a steep set of stairs. We entered via Fleetwood Crescent where there is a playground for the kids to have fun either before or after exploring the reserve. At this entrance there are a number of stairs to tackle before we very quickly reached the tranquility.
Once a home to koalas, wombats and wallabies the area is now inhabited with possums. If you are very lucky you may spot an echidna or blue tongued lizard. Due to the foxes and domestic cats sadly the wildlife that once called the reserve home, no longer do. The 13 ha area is home to at least 40 bird species.
Dating back to the 1850’s European settlers called this home and built their huts along the creek. Sadly in the late 1800’s the area was used for logging. The eucalyptus and wattles being used for furniture and Melbourne fuel.
For many years now a group of dedicated people volunteer to maintain the reserve. They ensure the rubbish and weeds are removed from the area. Throughout your walk you will witness where they continue to replant and monitor/fix the erosion problems. It’s this group of people we should all be extremely grateful for keeping the reserve a place for all to enjoy. At the same time we should all do our part by walking on the paths and taking our rubbish home with us. This will ensure this reserve continues to be a beautiful place for many years to come, a place for all ages to explore.
- Walking tracks
- Information boards about the local plants and wildlife
- Bridges to cross the creek
- Seats scattered throughout the reserve
- Dogs allowed – on leashes
We had a lovely time exploring the Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve, deciding which path to discover new territory was exciting. Our favourite spot would have to be the Granite rock pool area. A place where children were having fun clambering over the rock pools whilst adults watched on as they sat relaxing.
From the swing bridge to wooden bridges the area is a delight to explore. With the birds chirping it is a great place to find a seat and look out and listen for the frogs which call the reserve home.
Being nature lovers, we loved it here. A place explored by many locals and tourists. It’s very popular for walkers and joggers alike. A place for nature lovers to sit, relax and take in the tranquility. Yes, we recommend a visit if you are nearby or passing through this beautiful area of Frankston.
Frankston is known as the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and offers so many places to explore, from wineries, mazes, beaches to name a few. With a number of gorgeous places within 15mins of the Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve you can definitely keep yourself occupied in Frankston for days. Below are some of the places we have explored, click on the links to find out more:
- Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve
- Oliver’s Hill Lookout Point, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
- Edithvale – Seaford Wetlands, Victoria, Australia
- Frankston Foreshore, Beach and Pier, Frankston Victoria
- Raneleigh Beach, Mt Eliza, Victoria
- Frankston Street Art, Frankston, Victoria
Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve, Frankston Location
- Frankston South, Victoria 3199, Australia
- Approximately 2.9 km, 6 mins from Frankston Train Station
- Approximately 49 km, 1 hr from Melbourne CBD or
- Approximately 58 km, 50 mins from Melbourne CBD (freeway/tolls)
- Approximately 3.7 km, 6 mins from Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve
Have you explored this beautiful part of Frankston? Perhaps you’ve explored other areas. We’d love to hear about your experiences.