Discover a natural hidden treasure in Frankston
Monday 9 July, 2018
After being closed to the public for more than 100 years, people are discovering a natural hidden treasure in Frankston that even many locals didn’t know about.
Located just a few hundred meters from Frankston-Flinders Road, Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is home to more than 300 species of plants and animals such as the Growling Grass Frog, Short-beaked echidna, Blue-tongued Lizard and the Blue-billed duck.
Although it was once locked up, Parks Victoria has opened the gates of Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve which is now open to pedestrians 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is now the perfect location for people to enjoy passive recreational pursuits such as walking, jogging, cycling, photography and nature appreciation.
The reserve features a picturesque reservoir and quiet bushwalks which meander through a range of native vegetation communities and thick forest.
The shortest and easiest walk is the all abilities friendly Dam Walk which starts at the Jeremy Way car park and takes you 600m to one of the best viewing points in the park.
For those looking for a more substantial trail, the 5km Reservoir Circuit Trail features spectacular views over the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip and is perfect for running, prams and cycling. It also connects to the Sweetwater Creek Trails which leads all the way from Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve to Frankston Beach.
In keeping with the reserve’s nature conservation status, dogs are not permitted and public facilities such as toilets, rubbish bins and barbecues are not provided.
You can make a difference and be part of the effort to help protect Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve by joining Parks Victoria’s volunteer program. To get involved visit www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au
For more information about Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve visit www.parks.vic.gov.au
Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria Acting Area Chief Ranger, Nick Jansen:
“There is a plethora of research that shows Healthy parks facilitate healthy people so it’s important to value and look after our parks so we can enjoy them for many generations to come.”
“It’s great to see so many people discovering a new park on their doorstep for the first time and especially so many young families walking, running and riding in the reserve after school and work.”
Media enquiriesJarred Parsons
Parks Victoria media centre