Frankston Beach forms the southern end of the 9 km long beach that runs almost due north to the Patterson River mouth at Carrum. The Frankston section is 2.5 km long and begins at the southern boat launching area. It includes the 500 m long Frankston Pier, Kananook Creek... Read more
Frankston Beach forms the southern end of the 9 km long beach that runs almost due north to the Patterson River mouth at Carrum. The Frankston section is 2.5 km long and begins at the southern boat launching area. It includes the 500 m long Frankston Pier, Kananook Creek mouth and the beach to the north.The beach averages 50 m in width, with a moderate to steep shoreline. Bayward of this are three bars. The inner bar is usually highly rhythmic, consisting of alternating shallow attached bars and shoals, separated by bays with deeper rip holes and channels, spaced about every 150 m. The second less rhythmic bar lies up to 100 m off the beach, while the third straight bar may be up to 200 m offshore. The three bars are clearly visible from the pier, though waves will only break on the outer two, when they are greater than 1 m.Frankston Beach houses the lifesaving club, founded in 1924, and is backed by the town with all facilities, including the Frankston Pier. Parking is available at the boat ramp, pier and lifesaving club.
Relatively safe on the inner bar and in the patrolled area. Watch children as deeper troughs and holes are common. Strong winds will rapidly increase the wave height and generate rip currents in the troughs. Warning: Do not jump off the pier, as the outer bars are shallow and this practice has been known to result in serious injuries.
During strong westerly winds, wind waves up to 2 m high break over the outer bars, providing sloppy beach breaks.
Best is off the Pier or the southern rocks.
A very popular beach owing to the good road and rail access and full range of amenities.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.