The place has a mighty buzz. No pretensions. No class.
"Can be a bit rough at night"
the place to be by the sea
The George Pentland Botanic Gardens are a great place to spend a few hours. There are large grassy areas and plenty of beautiful native gum trees in the park, along with some play equipment for the kids. It's a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and has barbecue facilities as well.
This is something your pet will love you for. Activities, taste tests, market stalls! Heaps of fun for your pet!
All the info is on the website - they can say it better than me.
Here's the link Pet's Day Out
The beaches at Frankston are beautiful and sweeping. There are often harmless jellyfish in the shape of a donut washed up on the beach (When I was a kid we used to step on them because they felt so disgusting) but they just add to the charm of it. I have never seen these jellyfish anywhere else. You can walk along the beach for ages and it's never crowded, even in summer. A great place for fish and chips and a paddle afterwards. There's a nice park just above it in one area where you can look down at the beach if you don't want to picnic on the beach.
Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00am to 5:00pm
Closed Mondays and some public holidays
This place is a hidden gem in an unlikely suburban location. Harry's cafe is set in the McLelland Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden. It's a picturesque and uncrowded setting overlooking the gardens and large pond. The building will appeal to admirers of modernist architecture.
My husband and I bring all our overseas visitors here in order to show Frankston in its very best light. McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park is set on eight hectares of landscaped bushland. The park is a mixture of developed garden galleries, wild bushland, open grassed areas, lakes and sculpture trails.
We drop into see the exhibits every couple of months, and visit the Cafe to sit and enjoy a very good coffee and cake, or a light lunch and glass of wine.
The gallery exhibitions change regularly. Amazingly, admission to the art gallery and gardens is still by donation. The shop has great art books and well chosen jewelry and other items made by local artists.
Favorite Dish: They only do lunch and morning or afternoon tea here (no dinner unless privately booked for an event).
We like the coffee and a lemon tart (lemony with a bite to it). The wines by the glass are always well chosen and enjoyable.
For lunch we've had everything on the menu and liked it all. It is all very light with fresh greens and delicate dressings, with fusion influences in the preparation.
This place is one of my favourite in the world and it has been since 1991! With great coffee and milkshakes, some of the friendliest staff you will ever meet, Grace's, as we call it, is a place you will wish was just around the corner from where you live (it used to be for me ~sniff~) You can get lunch or just a light snack if you prefer
They also sell products like tea and coffee in packets, biscuits etc. The owner, Grace, is Greek or Italian I think, and she also has packaged foods from there.
Well I have to say that 'The Best legs in town' are indeed amazing! Not only do they do all sorts of chicken but the chips are to die for!
it's something to do with the salt or herbs they put in the covering for the chips. You can have regular salt and vinegar or the special salt/herb coating. Trust me, you won't want regular salt!
If you can get there or you are in Frankston, get the chips from this place.
Favorite Dish: Chips !
I have been to Frankston twice - once when daughter was getting her car serviced and once when she was having a massage - and BOTH times I got a swag of great books for 50 cents or a dollar each.
I really like browsing charity shops for books - you never know when you are going to have a great find - but twice I was reeled from this shop with an enormous pile of Must Reads!
I have no idea why they are so great for books.
I also really appreciated the charming little old lady with the fluffy grey hair who served me both times.
Maybe she is the one who keeps prices so low. I have noticed in other charity shops that the books start at $2 these days and even go up as high as $5.
They may also be great for clothes and homewares - the woman ahead of me in the queue was squealing with delight at the price of her teaset - but all I have done so far is dive towards the bookshelves at the back of the shop like a truffle pig.
At various times you are allowed to have your dog off-leash on some of the beaches. There are a lot of places in the area where you can have your dog off leash, here's a list of them with a map.
Dogs are permitted on beaches at all times apart from December to March (peak season for people) between the hours of 9.30am and 7.30pm. After these hours is ok.
Your dog will love it - ours did!