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With it rich arts scene, historic homes, entertaining events and beachfront activities, Frankston is much more than the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. Make the most of Frankston's metropolitan facilities, like its substantial shopping precinct and the fine and modern arts at the Frankston Arts Centre. The city also boasts relaxing green spaces like George Pentland Botanic Gardens and Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve. Be sure to visit the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park for cutting edge art and a touch of nature. Seek out the views over northern Port Phillip Bay from the lookout at Olivers Hill, the scenic high point of the city. Enjoy the seaside ambience along the Frankston foreshore boardwalk, Landmark Bridge and pier. Choose from the beachfront restaurants or enjoy a picnic on the foreshore's continuous stretch of sand. Discover the Ballam Park French farmhouse, the 1855 home of the Liardet family, and the National Trust-listed Mulberry Hill, former residence of Joan Lindsay, author of Picnic at Hanging Rock. See Frankston's foreshore transformed every Boxing Day, when teams of international artists arrive to carve 3,500 tonnes of sand into amazingly life-like creations that are on display until April. Frankston is 45 minutes from Melbourne along the M1 and the Eastlink tollway.