Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

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Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Bunurong People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Bunurong Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve provides visitors the opportunity to freely explore and see many of the Mornington Peninsula's native plants and animals. The reserve is an important habitat area and refugee for wildlife and plays an important role as a habitat stepping stone between the remaining bushland areas on the Mornington Peninsula. The Grassy Woodland within the reserve is the largest stand in the Southern Metropolitan and Mornington Peninsula regions and is particularly rich in native grasses, orchids and lilies. Visitors to the reserve can experience a wide variety of recreational opportunities including, walking, cycling, jogging and nature appreciation.

The Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve includes plant communities and fauna habitat across six ecological vegetation classes (EVCs) of state significance. More than 100 indigenous mammal, bird, reptile, frog and fish species have been recorded at the reserve.

Walking, jogging, cycling and paddling are perfect ways to explore the park. With a 5km circuit track and walks connecting to adjacent parks you can see stunning views of the Melbourne city skyline, Port Phillip and the park itself. Take a stroll to the dam wall for one of the best viewing points in the park and then continue on to the Heathland Bush Circuit to explore some amazing diversity of wildflowers and the remnant bushland of Frankston South. Wander through upper canopy eucalypts, a shrub layer including wattles and tea-trees, and abundant ground level native grasses and sedges.

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is accessible at all times on foot or bike. Vehicles can access the carpark via an auto-gate during daylight hours only.

Things To Do

 
Two woman and a male carry two toddlers along a path in Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

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Walk, ride, jog or paddle your way around the reserve exploring many of Mornington Peninsula's native plants and animals as you go. The reserve provides a perfect 5km loop trail around the boundary of the park. The trail is largely wide and flat with a small climb at the southern end providing views of the bay.
A bird near the water at Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Kayaking and boating

A small viewing platform and kayak/canoe launch ramp are located 400m from the visitor car park and offer excellent flat-water paddling opportunities. The vessel ramp allows access for canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. No powered vessels are permitted.
Ducks flying across the dam at Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Wildlife spotting

A perfect place for animal spotting, keep your eyes peeled for echidnas, Blue-tongue lizards, Eurasian Coots and the Blue-billed Duck who call this park home. You may also spot several microbat species residing within the reserve including the White-striped Free-tail Bat, Large Forest bat and Lesser Long-eared Bat.

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Wander through upper canopy eucalypts, a shrub layer including wattles and tea-trees and abundant ground level native grasses and sedges.

Explore the area searching for echidnas, Blue-tongue lizards, Eurasian Coots and the Blue-billed Duck. Look carefully to spot the White-striped Free-tail bats, Large Forest bar and Lesser Long-eared bat living amongst the trees. This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Echidnas
Wallabies
Crimson Rosella

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know the all best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is located in Frankston South. Vehicle access is via Jeremy Way. Pedestrian access is available via Jeremy Way, Harry Court, Frankston-Flinders Road, Rinella Bushland Reserve and Lawson Avenue.

When to go

Relax with your canoe or kayak on the calm and secluded waters within Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve.

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Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

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