Does your dog have a sense of adventure and energy to burn? Our favourite dog-friendly beaches and dog parks in Melbourne are sure to get tails wagging.

No more feeling guilty when you leave your doggo at home and enjoy the fun at silly human-only beaches and parks. Your bestie is free to sniff, splash, and run amok in these large grassed areas and long stretches of sand. (Plus, you’ll get the chance to pat new puppers!)

Pack your pooch’s favourite frisbee and prepare to improve your socials with some #puppyspam, because man’s best friend needs some outdoor fun, too.

 

 

Brighton Dog Beach – Bayside

Obviously.

Also known as the Sandown Street Beach, this is one of the most popular dog-friendly beaches in Melbourne – and for good reason.

This dedicated off-leash, fenced beach offers endless activities like climbing sand dunes and wading through saltwater, or chasing a ball on the spacious flat sand. It’s located between Elwood Beach and the Middle Brighton Baths, with access along the Bay Trail. You can find doggy bags and bins at the entrance.

It’s also great for the humans, with a beautiful marina walk providing picturesque skyline views. Don’t forget to take a snap of the famous colourful Brighton beach huts while you’re there.

Scenery: 4/5

Walkability: 5/5

Amenities: 4/5

 

West Beach – St Kilda

If you have a water baby who loves nothing more than wet paws and a salty nose, West Beach is the perfect spot to cool off. When it comes to dog-friendly beaches in Melbourne, this hotspot is favoured for its shallow water and sand bars, ideal for active pups who like to run and roll around.

There are bins available but no doggy bags, so don’t forget to bring your own. Once your pooch is all puffed out, you can head to dog-friendly West Beach Pavillion café for a coffee, where water bowls are provided for dogs.

Scenery: 3.5/5

Walkability: 4/5

Amenities: 

 

Aranga Reserve Dog Activity Centre – Donvale

Aranga Reserve Dog Park

Image: pupbeat.com.au

Not many dog parks in Melbourne can boast such an expansive doggy obstacle course as the Aranga Reserve Dog Activity Centre.

Here your four-legged bestie can get their wiggles out in the massive fenced grassy area (200m x 100m) and show off their skills on obstacles like elevated platforms, ramps, tunnels, rings, hurdles, and more.

There’s also a children’s playground and picnic tables, as well as a separate fenced training area for doggos doing serious training without distractions.

The park provides bins and a water tap with dog bowl.

Scenery: 3/5

Walkability: 3.5/5

Amenities: 5/5

 

Eltham Lower Park – Eltham

Perfect for people and pups escaping the big smoke, Eltham Lower Park offers a large off-leash area for dogs to play, along with bushland and a creek at the back of the park for quick dips on those warmer days. There are also some lovely walking tracks around the park.

It has two ovals dogs can enjoy when sports training and games aren’t in progress. The southern oval is fully fenced, and the park offers bins and water taps (but no bowls).

With wide open spaces and fresh grass aplenty, this is the go-to spot for a good run-around.

Scenery: 3/5

Walkability: 5/5

Amenities: 3/5

 

Jells Park – Wheelers Hill

This beautiful 127-hectare park isn’t technically doggy-designated or off-leash, but it still offers some great outdoor fun for you and your fur baby – especially if your daily walking route is getting a little repetitive.

It provides 9km of paths and trails for your pup to discover new sights and smells, along with a large grassed area, boardwalks overlooking the water, and a dog-friendly café right there in the park.

There’s also a playground, barbecues, and picnic areas.

Scenery: 4/5

Walkability: 5/5

Amenities: 3.5/5

 

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