Frankston City

About the area

Key Statistics


Frankston City is located in the outer southern suburbs of Melbourne, about 40 kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD. Frankston City is bounded by the City of Kingston and the City of Greater Dandenong in the north, the City of Casey in the east, Mornington Peninsula Shire in the south, and Port Phillip Bay in the west. Frankston City's boundaries are Eel Race Road, the Eel Race drain, the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, Wadsley Road, Learmonth Road, Thompson Road and Thompsons Road in the north, the Dandenong-Hastings Road in the east, Baxter-Tooradin Road, Golf Links Road, the Peninsula Link, Sages Road, Moorooduc Highway, Humphries Road and Kackeraboite Creek in the south, and the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in the west.

Included Areas

Frankston City includes the suburbs of Carrum Downs, Frankston, Frankston North, Frankston South, Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Sandhurst, Seaford and Skye.

Land Use

Frankston City is a predominantly residential area, with some rural-residential, industrial, commercial and rural areas. The City encompasses a total land area of about 130 square kilometres. Central Frankston functions as the major regional retail and commercial centre, servicing outer southern Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

Name Origin

Frankston City is thought to be named after General Sir Thomas Harte Franks, a British army officer, or after Francis (Frank) Liardet, a prominent early settler, or after Charles Franks, an early settler of Melbourne.

Indigenous Meaning

The original inhabitants of Frankston City were the Boon Wurrung and Bunurong Aboriginal people.


European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing, farming and fishing. Growth took place in the 1850s when the township of Frankston was established, the site chosen due to its supply of freshwater from Kananook Creek. The arrival of the railway in the 1880s brought population growth. Frankston functioned as a resort town for Melbourne in the early 1900s, with rapid growth in the western part of the suburb of Frankston (Frankston Central) from the 1920s. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, with rapid growth between the 1950s and the 1980s. From the 1950s the suburb of Seaford developed. During the 1960s and 1970s the suburbs of Frankston North and Frankston South and the eastern parts of the suburb of Frankston (Frankston Heights and Karingal) developed. From the 1980s the suburbs of Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and Skye developed. The population continued to increase from the 1990s, with most of the recent growth in the suburbs of Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and Skye, and the new suburb of Sandhurst.

Major Features

Major features of Frankston City include the Frankston Town Centre, Bayside Shopping Centre, Karingal Hub Shopping Centre, Chisholm Institute of TAFE (Frankston Campus), Monash University (Peninsula Campus), Frankston Hospital, Frankston Pier, George Pentland Botanic Gardens, Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands, Frankston Reservoir, Frankston Arts Centre, McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre, Frankston Beach, Seaford Beach and numerous golf clubs.


Frankston City is served by the Frankston Freeway, the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, the Moorooduc Highway, the Nepean Highway, the Peninsula Link, the Frankston-Dandenong Road, the Dandenong-Hastings Road and the Frankston railway line, with stations at Frankston, Kananook and Seaford.

Frankston City

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