dog friendly attractions – our top 10

Discover our Top 10 dog friendly attractions that can be found throughout the Mornington Peninsula for you and all the family to enjoy.

dog friendly attractions mornington peninsula

  1. Peninsula Pantry – great coffee, breakfast and lunch.  That’s for the humans but there are dog friendly spaces outside where dogs  are welcome to sit tied up with a lovely bowl of water to keep them hydrated while you and the family grab a bite to eat.  Outside seating available too.  Accommodation nearby: Azure Beach Retreat
  2. Camerons Bight – Camerons Bight dog friendly off-leash area is a sandy beach between Stringer Road in Blairgowrie and Monument to the 1803 first settlers on a headland in Sorrento to the north-west.  Accommodation nearby: Buckleys Escape 
  3. Mantons Creek Estate and Lodge – ask them and they should be fine with the dog sitting with you on the deck while you enjoy a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Dog-friendly attractions such as wineries are hard to find.  Accommodation nearby: Edelweiss
  4. Green Olive@ Red Hill – sit outside in the sun. There was plenty of shade if needed. A fab trampoline to keep the children busy. Dogs are allowed.  Accommodation nearby:  Cloud Nine
  5. The Briars Community Forest Leash Free Park -You will find 2 kilometres of tracks that weave in and out of bushland, lots of wildlife, including little fairy wrens and kookaburras. Views across to The Briars Homestead and lush paddocks with Angus cattle. Accommodation nearby:  Mount Martha Retreat
  6. Miss Brew’s Bakery and Dog Cafe – Miss Drew’s Dog Cafe is a retro inspired kiosk style cafe in Tyabb located out the back of the Tyabb Packing House Antiques complex. The cafe caters for dogs only but for the humans they can purchase great food and drinks from the Red Rattler Train cafe just opposite us. A great little grassed area to enjoy lunch with your pooch, Miss Drew’s Cafe is set within a relaxing village vibe with a group of unique little shops. Come and enjoy the day with your pooch.  Accommodation nearby:  The Pearson
  7. Red Hill Rail Trail – The start of the trail at Merricks is to the north side of the Station Ground Recreation Reserve outside the parking area which is 230m along Merricks Rd. The trail is suitable for beginners and the trail surface is a mixture of dirt, crushed rock and grass. In winter the path can become quite muddy, so take note to pack a towel for cleaning muddy paws during this time of year. As for dog friendly walks, they will just love the sights and smells of the trail. It’s not so busy that it feels crowded or so remote that it feels isolated. You could pass other walkers, dogs, horses, bike-riders and the occasional rabbit on your walk. It really is the walk that has it all – for humans and dogs alike.  Accommodation nearby: White Horses
  8. Somers Beach 100 Steps – East of ‘hundred steps’: The beach extending 200m east from the bottom of ‘hundred steps’ is leash-free at all times of the year.  West of ‘hundred steps’: The beach extending 300m west from the bottom of ‘hundred steps’ is leash-free from 7pm to 9am only during daylight savings.  Dogs are prohibited from the beach from 9am to 7pm during daylight savings. At all other times (ie. non-daylight savings) this area is leash-free.
  9. Tucks Ridge – a beautiful winery with sweeping views. Dogs are allowed on lead only.
  10. Freak Tikki – Great place to walk past if you are down the Main Street of Rye, or walking on the foreshore.  Easy to grab a coffee through the window if you have a wet dog or simply walking past.  There are water bowls and tie up points for dogs.  Accommodation nearby: St Ives Cottage

Let us know if you have visited any of these dog friendly attractions or have any other recommendations in the comments below…