Kananook Creek Walking Trail

Nature and Wildlife Frankston

Description

Phone: 1300 322 842

Starting near the Frankston Yacht Club site, follow Kananook Creek along the 7.5km walking trail, through urban Frankston and Long Island, into the peace and serenity of rural Seaford and Carrum. Trains at Seaford or Carrum can return you to Frankston.

Description

Rising in the Carrum Swamp and some 12 kilometres long, Kananook Creek has for millennia been an integral feature of the Frankston region. The Boonerwrung people knew it as a reliable source of water and fish, and, when the annual spawning of eels occurred, would meet on the hills overlooking its banks, conducting trade and holding ceremonies. First explored by Europeans from the schooner Cumberland in 1803, the creek was also known as the Tangenong or Carronyulk before the name Kananook was settled on (there are conflicting theories as to the meaning of this name).

This site where the Kananook meets the bay has altered dramatically over the years. Originally, it doubled back on itself for some distance before joining the salt water, but as can be seen in James A. Turner’s painting, a calm-water refuge had already been engineered by 1888 to allow safe refuge for fishing boats. Peter Ingram Cox’s view of the creek’s mouth features a bridge the stood for many years in the mid-20th century. The inclusion by both artists of the many boats is also an important historical point, for boat building was an important local industry for many years.

The first suspension bridge over the creek was built in 1875 by Mark Young, host of the Pier Hotel, to allow his patrons easy access to the sea-baths he owned. With the appearance of other guest houses backing on to the creek, further bridges were built at Fiocci and Allawah avenues, with a more substantial timber example constructed at the entrance to Long Island, now known as Mile Bridge (where the ghost of a young girl was once rumoured to haunt).

In a series of intimate etchings made between 1944 and 1971, local artist John Farmer captured some of the creek’s quite nooks. Another resident, novelist Myra Morris, also painted here. Her painting Foreshore, Frankston (1930s) shows the scene at the end of Davey Street, and depicts the bridge crossing the creek there. Using this painting as a reference, her nephew Rick Amor recreated the composition in The Beach 1995; however, both artists have tinkered with reality, as the sea cannot actually be seen from the same vantage point.
With the recent redevelopment of the foreshore, including a new bridge designed by Aspect Pty Ltd, Frankston City Council commissioned the artist-poet Evangelos Sakaris to create a public artwork responding to the site. Text from his evocative and image-laden poem I, Kananook 2006 can be found inscribed along the uprights now delineating the mouth of the creek.

Download Kananook Creek Walking Trail map walk

walk

More Nearby

Sam's Cafe

Sam's Cafe

Sam and his cafe have been a part of the Frankston Community for more than 18 years and have become well-known for their famous coffee. From freshly cut sandwiches, rolls to souvlaki’s, burgers, soups...
Flooded Weir

Flooded Weir

Public Sculpture by Vlasé Nikoleski. Artist interpretation:A cone and a column communicate the power of fast flowing water. Water pressure appears to rise from the cone to fill the column which conto...
Baba On Wells

Baba On Wells

Enjoy our food that is made for the soul, that's created from the heart. We are a place where you can feel a sense of belonging. We have fantastic tasting Vietnamese food in the heart of Frankston's...
Ballam Park Regional Playground

Ballam Park Regional Playground

Ballam Park provides a great day out for people of all ages, with two regional playground areas, 30 hectares of open areas, a number of tracks to walk and sporting fields including a pr...
Mr Frankie Cafe

Mr Frankie Cafe

Created for the locals, by the locals! Mr Frankie is a family owned business with focus on delivering the local community a little slice of Melbourne at their doorstep. With quality sourced produce, ...
Bakery Made

Bakery Made

Artisan Bakery, Sourdough, Pies, Breads, Cakes, Biscuits, Home Delivery, Store Pick Up, School Lunches.
Wildness

Wildness

A great cafe, providing fantastic hospitality for locals and visitors. Wildness cafe has serviced the Frankston community for over 4 years. The cafe prides itself on unique food, a top service ex...
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve is an important area of remnant heathland; a protected site for indigenous flora and fauna, some of which are considered to be rare or threatened. It is one of the la...
The Cheeky Squire

The Cheeky Squire

Located in the heart of Frankston, The Cheeky Squire brings the cheeky rogue attitude of James Squire to the Mornington Peninsula. The Cheeky Squire features the full James Squire range on tap, as we...
Coastal and Urban

Coastal and Urban

"The design for our mural came about while being influenced by a few things – Frankston as an urban city, Frankston as a coastal city, and the high school student’s creativity with colour and design. ...

More Like This

walking trails nature reserves cultural heritage
Frankston War Memorial

Frankston War Memorial

 The Frankston War Memorial hosted it's first Anzac Day Ceremony on 25 April 2016. Images are available in the photo gallery. The Frankston War Memorial is located in Beauty Park ...
Frankston Pier

Frankston Pier

Originally built closer to the base of Oliver's Hill in 1857, the pier was constructed at its current site and extended into deeper waters in 1863, after a public petition.  The Frankston Pier h...
Seaford Pier

Seaford Pier

Get your camera ready for the picturesque Seaford Pier, built in the late 1920’s. The pier makes the perfect photo around dusk or dawn and is surrounded by crystal blue waters and white sand, perfect ...
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arboretum

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arboretum

The Arboretum has become a very attractive local park and it is a great spot for a walk. It is extremely popular for outdoor weddings and photographs. It is an ideal educational facility that can be a...
Yamala Mansion

Yamala Mansion

Yamala was one of the earliest mansions built on Oliver’s Hill. It was purchased in 1876 by Sir John Madden (1844-1918) who later became Chief Justice of Victoria, and was appointed Lieutenant Governo...
Mechanics Institute

Mechanics Institute

Recently renovated to its former glory, the Mechanics Institute is situated on the corner of Plowman Place and Nepean Highway with sweeping views of Frankston Waterfront. Available for casual hire, t...
Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is a 98 hectare park in Frankston South. It is perfect for quiet recreational activities including going for a walk, jogging, cycling, photography and nature appr...
Frankston Park Gates

Frankston Park Gates

The Frankston Oval Gates were obtained from the Old Melbourne Gaol that had parts previously demolished. The massive iron gates were erected at the Frankston Oval where gate posts were built by stone ...
George Pentland Botanic Gardens

George Pentland Botanic Gardens

Gate opening/closing times: November to March 7:00am - 9:00pm April to October 7:00am - 6:00pm The undulating grassed open space and garden beds create a pleasant environment for community and famil...
Seaford Foreshore

Seaford Foreshore

Take a relaxing walk in the tranquil surrounds of the Seaford foreshore. Crystal blue water and picture perfect white sand, nestled behind the Tea Trees create this hidden gem, perfect to watch the wa...

Map & Directions

7N Pier Promenade Frankston