Seaford beach and pier
Seaford beach is regularly listed as one of the best suburban beaches in Melbourne, and anyone who has visited it will attest to it cleanliness and long stretches of sand. The reasonably shallow water and small waves mean it’s the perfect swimming beach for a family with younger children, but it’s also a great beach to walk along if the weather is a bit cooler. The pier is popular with those who love to fish and while it’s not really long, it’s still perfect to walk along & a great spot to get sunrise / sunset photos of around the bay.
Seaford is home to one end of the Edithvale-Seaford Wetland, which is all that remains of the Carrum Carrum Swamp. This swamp once stretched from Mordialloc to Frankston, covering more than 4,000 hectares and supporting large numbers of plant and animal life. The remaining wetland area is recognised internationally and is the largest of its type in the Port Phillip and Westernport basins. There are a significant number of birds that call these wetlands home, some of which are protected species, making this area a birdwatcher’s paradise. There are also great tracks for walking.
Kananook Creek trail
Starting at Eel Race Road and winding through the vegetation of Kananook Creek reserve to near the Frankston, the Kananook Creek trail is 7.5 km long, providing a decent walk or run. However, there are other exit / entrance points dotted along the track, so you can create a walk of any desired distance. The Seaford section has more natural and dense bushland, providing only glimpses of the creek. There are also picnic tables and toilets along the walk allowing for a rest. Dogs are allowed but must be on-leash.
Image attribution: Philip Mallis: https://www.flickr.com/photos/philipmallis/39960206400/