Frankston to Carrum via Seaford Wetlands 14km

This hike from Frankston to Carrum was not planned. In fact, walking an old favorite from Frankston to Mordialloc was my thinking (earlier post here). When the train and I arrived at Frankston, I realised that I had never explored Frankston’s waterfront by foot.

Change of plan, exploration, but no GPS tracking on until I reached Frankston beach’s southern end. Which is a good 2+km from Frankston’s train station. Please keep that in mind if you retrace this hike. Arrive by train, hike first south before north and you need to add 2km.

Therefore, today’s hike map looked as follows:

 

1 June means first day of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter today. Cold air as the beanie may reveal, but little wind so quite pleasant. Welcome to winter. That’s Frankston Pier behind me.

Me with Frankston Pier in the background

Naturally, the pier needs checking out. Quiet this morning, a few fishermen but I found this fish length ruler nailed at the pier’s end. Nifty!

Fish length ruler

Fast forward to Frankston Beach’s southern end. The traffic diverted away up the hill to the left as the trail narrowed.

The narrowing trail

The trail then stopped. No visible physical barrier to continue rock-hopping south, but I turned around here. And switched on Runkeeper for GPS tracking of my movements.

Southern end for me

Hence, at the offical start of today’s hike, it looked as follows:

Looking north on Port Phillip Bay’s eastern side

In addition to Frankston Pier, there was a smaller jetty for vessels alongside Olivers Hill boat ramp. Look carefully and downtown Melbourne is visible in the distance on the right.

The little jetty

From the boat ramp, the lot longer Frankston Pier becomes visible again. By the way, I really like this photo myself…

Frankston Pier and beyond

I was impressed with the capital works improvements along Frankston’s shoreline. The boardwalk continues for quite a distance. In addition, I saw workmen in at least three sites. The council is spending money here.

Boardwalk along Frankston’s foreshore

Impressive colourcoded signage along Frankston’s main beach. That bridge ahead crosses Kananook Creek, which meets the ocean here. A small sculpture can be seen to the left. Let’s check it out.

Frankston main beach

Mmmm… I found nothing describing the artwork, not its name, nor its artist. Oh well… might as well have a cuppa here… Yes, viewing Frankston Pier again.

Art on the foreshore

Plenty of facilities along Kananook Creek, from picnic ground, to another boat ramp, to parking, to places for refreshments.

Kananook Creek jazzed up surroundings

The boardwalk reappeared, but individual planks were sponsored here. Why not?

Sponsor a plank at your local boardwalk

Soon, I departed from the shoreline, to follow Kananook Creek in parallel.

Kananook Creek

Soon the official Kananook Walking Trail appeared. The same path as for the Frankston to Mordialloc Trail .

Kananook Walking Trail starts here

Fast forward a bit and some radical vegetation clearance had taken place since my last visit. Mmm… you saw more of suburbia now than before… Some path reconstruction work too. Easy to circumvent with a short bushbash.

Trail work in progress

At Seaford, I decided on an alternative path. A few blocks east from Seaford train station is Seaford Wetlands. More suitable for cycling than walking given its hard surface but still something different. Not that you could see much of the wetlands from the path.

Seaford Wetlands

Kananook Creek further north turns east and away from the ocean. So eventually you’ll see it again. Behind here is Patterson Lakes and today water entered the creek from those lakes.

Kananook Creek with Patterson Lakes estates behind

The green stretch between Kananook Creek and Carrum Roy Dore Reserve is lovely. Yes, close to houses but wide enough to… well, feel good.

On the road to Carrum Roy Dore Reserve

Time to admit… At Carrum Roy Dore Reserve, I got lost. Not lost lost, I knew full well where I was, but I took a wrong turn. You see, they built a large childcare centre there which was still work in progress during my last visit. Now all finished, there were new paths. And I zigged right when I should have zigged left. No drama, but it perhaps added close to a kilometer.

Moving right along and Patterson River was soon reached. I followed the river westwards towards Carrum on what looked like a rail trail. The bridge where Nepean Highway crosses the river appeared.

Nepean Highway river crossing at Carrum

I followed Port Phillip Bay south a few blocks on its boardwalk. Looking back north towards town, I like the colours enough to warrant a final photo.

Old Carrum Life Saving Club near Patterson River’s inlet

Carrum train station for the trip home is nearby, but I thought having lunch beforehand. Carrum Fish and Chips offered a value deal for $7.80 consisting of a large flake, chips, dim sim and a potato cake.

Bargain. Done. Far too much food for one hiker of course. I enjoyed the late lunch watching the world go by from a bench close to the station.

OK, doubtful if this qualifies as a “proper” hike. Still, some distance involved and some bush tracks. Lovely stroll nevertheless, on this first day of winter 🙂

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