Victoria’s best off-leash dog beaches

Travelling Well | Tianna Nadalin | Posted on 17 December 2019

Forget the dog park. These Victorian beaches are off-leash, year-round.

When it comes to puppy play dates, 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 summer. So, whether you’re heading away for the holidays or looking for a local beach to frolic on with your fur babies, don’t go barking up the wrong, er, beach. These beautiful beaches are a shore thing, year-round.

A dog at the beach


Dog beaches in Victoria that are leash-free all day, year round

Melbourne

  • Port Melbourne Beach
    Between Lagoon Pier and Bay Street
  • Sandridge Beach, Port Melbourne
    Foreshore from opposite Barak Road to The Bend
  • West Beach, St Kilda 
  • St Kilda Harbour 
  • Brighton 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)
A puppy on the beach
A dog lying on someones legs on the beach


Regional


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 

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 

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