Who wants to go on a walkie?!
We love dogs. They’re little fluffballs of happiness and they’re always down for an adventure. And sometimes, a walk around the block just doesn’t cut it. You’ve got to treat them to something a little extra special, and we can help. We’ve rounded up some of the best dog beaches around Melbourne for your dog to run and splash around in. Check these beaches out if they’re within your 5km, or keep them in mind for a little day trip once lockdown is over. All of the beaches on this list are off-leash areas and perfect for your furry friends.
1. Port Melbourne Beach
Hang out with all the city dogs at Port Melbourne Beach. Have some fun in the off-leash area between Lagoon Pier and the Port Melbourne Yacht Club. Your dog will absolutely love this strip of sand. Meanwhile, you can take in the view and watch the ships go by.
2. Brighton Dog Beach
This dog beach is one of the most popular dog beaches around, so you better be prepared to make some friends! This sandy beach is fenced off so your dog can run and play in peace. Find it between Bay Street and Sandown Street.
3. Sandringham Dog Beach
Not too far from Brighton, you’ll find this beach in Sandringham Harbour. There are plenty of wide open spaces for your dog to let loose. There are boats bobbing along in the distance to keep the landscape picturesque. Outside of the off-leash beach, you’ll find plenty of walking trails to help you wind down.
4. St Kilda Beach
St Kilda has a few off leash dog beaches so take your pick! Visit St Kilda West Beach for a huge stretch of sand and shallow water, right next to the pier. Or, swing by St Kilda Harbour and play on the beach along Pier Road. Then, go a little further towards the foreshore near St Kilda Marina. With so many options, there’s plenty of space for your pooch to run around.
5. Ricketts Point Dog Beach
In Beaumaris, near the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, is Ricketts Point Dog Beach. The landscape is interesting and rugged, the perfect place for your dog to sniff around and explore. Find this beach between McGregor Avenue and the Beaumaris Yacht Club car park. However, while this section of beach is off-leash all year round, there are rock pools nearby that your dog should avoid.
6. Burns Reserve in Altona
When low tide hits, you’ll be amazed by the sheer space available at this dog beach in Altona. There’s plenty of shallow water for your dog to splash around in and have fun. It’s far from the road to keep your pupper safe, and there’s a wide grass field next to the beach to run around and dry off in.
For more information about any of these dog beaches around Melbourne, visit the local council website.