Frankston South, Victoria

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Frankston South
Rooftops of Frankston South, with glimpses of Port Phillip and Seaford Pier
Frankston South is located in Melbourne
Frankston South
Frankston South
Coordinates 38°11′17″S 145°09′11″E / 38.188°S 145.153°E / -38.188; 145.153Coordinates: 38°11′17″S 145°09′11″E / 38.188°S 145.153°E / -38.188; 145.153
Population 17,360 (2006)[1]
 • Density 1,173/km2 (3,038/sq mi)
Established 1846 (land sales: 1854)
Postcode(s) 3199
Area 14.8 km2 (5.7 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Frankston
State electorate(s) Frankston
Federal Division(s) Dunkley
Suburbs around Frankston South:
Port Phillip Frankston Langwarrin
Port Phillip Frankston South Langwarrin South
Port Phillip Mount Eliza Baxter

Frankston South is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 43 km south-east of Melbourne city centre. Its local government area is the City of Frankston. According to the 2006 Census, Frankston South had a population of 17,360.

Sharing the same postcode as Frankston (3199), it is a separate suburb.[1]


After the foundation of Melbourne in 1835, John Davey and his son James took up a land holding in the area in 1846, which extended from Olivers Hill (in the beginnings of what is now Frankston South) to Daveys Bay (in what is now the neighbouring suburb of Mount Eliza).[2] Thomas McComb, who arrived at Frankston in 1852, purchased land from what is now the Frankston Central Business District (CBD) to the south-east in what is now Frankston South, in 1854.[2] Davey's and McComb's land was subdivided and now forms much of the suburb of Frankston South.

The first temporary post office in Frankston South opened in 1934 to service the first Australian Scout Jamboree.[3] The first permanent post office opened on 27 October 1958.[4] From the 1980s, the current post office has been located in a small general store close to where the first Jamboree took place, on the intersection of Overport Road and Yuille Street.

Following the arrival of the railway line in 1882, the Frankston area developed into a popular seaside resort and playground for Melbourne's affluent, with some developing large holiday properties in the area of Frankston South, many of which still stand today.[2]

1935 Scout Jamboree[edit]

Frankston South was the site of the first Australian Scout Jamboree, in 1935, which was attended by the founder of the Scouting movement, Sir Robert Baden-Powell.[2] The site was chosen for its proximity to the town of Frankston, distance from Melbourne and its relatively unspoilt natural areas as well as access to the beach.[5]

Several streets in Frankston South are named after the event (Baden Powell Drive being the most prominent). The original grandstand used for the jamboree remained a historic landmark at Frankston Park for 72 years, until it was destroyed by fire on 12 February 2008.[6]


Frankston South is home to the most expensive residential real estate in the City of Frankston, mainly due to its hilly terrain which allows for views of Port Phillip Bay, tree-lined streets, properties built on the edge of Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve (which is located in the centre of the suburb), and large land sub-divisions in the locality's far south.

The locality of Olivers Hill, which straddles the suburbs of Frankston and Frankston South, overlooks Port Phillip Bay and is considered to have one of the top ten residential views in Melbourne.[7] Property in the locality has sold for between A$3 and A$4 million in 2015,[8] at the same time as the median house price in the suburb of Frankston being A$390,000.[9]



  • Derinya Primary School (government)
  • Overport Primary School (government)
  • Woodleigh School, junior campus (independent), note: the senior campus is in the neighbouring City of Frankston suburb of Langwarrin South.


Frankston High School, which is located on the Frankston/Frankston South border of Towerhill Road, is one of the most reputable state government schools in Victoria with an excellent academic record attained through a range of extension programs.[10] Admittance to the school is determined by residing within its catchment area, of which Frankston South is a part of. Real estate agents market residential properties as being near the school more often than any other, except Balwyn High School, in the Melbourne inner-eastern suburb of Balwyn North.[11] Research from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) also identified that properties in the catchment area of the school sell for 16.9% more than others in each suburb, compared with 4% more in Balwyn North.[11]


Frankston South has no major shopping areas, due to its proximity to the Frankston CBD. However, small neighbourhood shopping strips exist on Norman Avenue, Foot Street and Overport Road. The far-south of the suburb is served by the shopping village in neighbouring Mount Eliza.



Due to its proximity to the Frankston CBD, there is no hospital in Frankston South. However, it is served by the relatively close Frankston Hospital and also Frankston Private Hospital. The area does support a number of health clinics and small surgeries.


Frankston South is located close to the Frankston CBD, and much of the suburb is accessible via the small arterials: Kars Street, Baden Powell Drive and Overport Road. It also straddles the Nepean Highway to the west and the Moorooduc Highway to the east. Bus services run throughout the locality, and connect it to the Frankston CBD as well as a number of neighbouring localities and suburbs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Frankston South (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jones, Michael. Frankston: Resort to City. Allen & Unwin: Sydney. 1989. ISBN 0-04-442114-1
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 23 September 2008 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List: Australian Jamboree, Frankston, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  5. ^ 1935 Australian Jamboree, Frankston, Victoria
  6. ^ ABC News - Fire destroys historic Frankston grandstand, 13 February 2008
  7. ^ Keenan, Aileen (10 September 2005). "Sold: the best views money can buy". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 August 2015
  8. ^ Lim, Ming Haw (6 May 2015). "Clifftop beauty sells for top price". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 19 August 2015
  9. ^ Frankston, Victoria. REA Group Ltd. Retrieved 19 August 2015
  10. ^ Staff Writers (23 June 2003). "School critics confuse excellence and elitism". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 01 September 2015
  11. ^ a b Powley, Kathryn (30 January 2015). "Families paying a premium to live in Frankston High School zone". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2015

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