Best off-leash dog friendly beaches in Victoria

dog sleeping on beach

RACV Staff

Posted December 13, 2021

These off-leash dog beaches are perfect for letting your pooch run free, year round.

When it comes to doggo adventures, there’s nothing like a trip to the dog beach to get tails wagging. But while Victoria has some epic sandy playgrounds, many restrict or prohibit our four-legged friends from getting their beach on over the summer, and have rules for a dog leash area, or restrict beach access to dogs at certain times of the year.

So, whether you’re a dog owner heading away with your pets for the holidays or looking for a local beach to go walking your dog, these beautiful dog-friendly beaches in Victoria are a 'shore' thing that dogs love - year-round.

Victoria’s best off-leash dog friendly beaches


Melbourne is a dog-friendly city - in fact, there are twice as many dog owners in the city as there are cats (sorry, feline-friendly folks). So, it's only right that a number of beaches stretching across the city have been dedicated to our furry friends. From long stretches of beach in Mentone to the sandy foreshores in Williamstown, treat your doggo friends to sandy and splashing galore, year-round, at all the dog-friendly beaches in Melbourne: 

  • Port Melbourne Beach - between Lagoon Pier and Bay Street
  • Sandridge Beach, Port Melbourne - from foreshore opposite Barak Road to The Bend
  • West Beach, St Kilda
  • St Kilda Harbour
  • Brighton Dog Beach (AKA Sandown Street Beach)
  • Sandringham Harbour, Hampton
  • Ricketts Point, Beaumaris - between McGregor Avenue and the southern end of the Beaumaris Yacht Club car park
  • Burns Reserve Altona
  • Cyril Curtain Reserve, Williamstown
  • Mentone Beach - from Charman Road to Plummer Road (off-leash on sand only)
Corgi running on the beach

Let your dog have their own holiday by unning wild and free on these beaches, year round. Image: Getty. 

Dog friendly beaches, Victoria

Whether you're in the mood for a day trip or a getaway outside of the city for a longer stay, when you have a dog, nothing is more important than making sure they have as good a time on your holiday as you.

Sometimes it can be tricky to know where to take your pooch outside of your regular parks and trails. With this list of off-leash dog beaches in regional Victoria, you can feel confident in letting your doggo run free, with dog beach access to these dog beaches in Victoria that are open off-leash any time of year: 

Surf Coast

  • White’s Beach, Torquay - from Deep Creek to the end of the Esplanade
  • Anglesea Beach - from O’Donohue St east
  • Lorne Beach - from Stony Creek to Doble Street
  • Fairhaven / Moggs Creek
  • Airey’s Inlet - west of Split Point
  • Jan Juc Beach - west of Rocky Point
  • Warrnambool main beach - Hopkins River (west side) to Flume
  • Logan’s Beach, Warrnambool

Bellarine Peninsula

  • Narrow’s Beach, Point Lonsdale - from Roddick St to the end of the Boardwalk
  • Thirteenth Beach, west of Barwon Heads
  • Ocean Grove Main Beach
  • Point Richards - from Point Richards boat ramp to Portarlington Sailing Club
  • Portarlington Beach to Indented Head
  • Indented Head to St Leonards beach
  • St Leonards to Edwards Point
  • Point Henry, Geelong 
  • Between Point Henry Road coastline and Point Henry Pier
  • Clifton Springs, West of Griggs Creek and on the beach between The Dell and Beacon Point

Mornington Peninsula

  • Hawker Beach, Mt Martha - access via fire track opposite Helena St
  • Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Hastings - access via Marine Parade, between Hodgins Road and Cool Store Road
  • Tassells Cove, Safety Beach - between Martha Cove entrance and Bruce Road, Safety Beach
  • Fosters Beach, Mornington - access via walking track opposite house number 630 The Esplanade
  • Royal Bay Beach, Mornington - opposite the Royal Hotel
  • South Beach, Somers - 200 metres of sandy beach, east from bottom of the ‘hundred steps’
  • Flinders Beach - long Sandy beach between Dodds Creek and Manton Creek

South Gippsland

  • Inverloch - beach area from Wave Street to Ozone Street
  • Inverloch - beach area east of Grandview Grove through to Cuttriss Street
  • Kilcunda - beach area below the Kilcunda Foreshore Caravan Park, around 150 metres west towards the rocks
  • Ventnor Beach, Phillip Island - area between Graydens Road and Ventnor Beach Road