Walking your Dog

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Holidaying with your dog on the Great Ocean Road can be a wonderful experience. Sure there are some areas where you can't take your pet; read on for some amazing areas where you can and a host of tips to make the most of your whole family holiday.  Click here for pet friendly accommodation and camping and call into the 12 Apostles Visitor Information Centre - Port Campbell for a map illustrating on and off lead alternatives within a short drive of Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell National Park:

Domestic dogs are prohibited in all areas of Port Campbell National Park (this includes the 12 Apostles), except where confined to cars in transit or in car parks. Remember It`s not cool to leave pets in hot cars! 

Responsible pet ownership is a must Parks Victoria, Corangamite Shire in conjunction with the RSPCA advises not to leave your dog/s in a vehicles on warm and hot days please make alternative arrangements to ensure the health and safety of your animal.

Cool Walks For Hot Dogs!

Bay of Islands Coastal Park:

Dogs are permitted on leashes on trails and beaches between the Bay of Martyrs carpark east into Peterborough township. Dogs are not permitted on Bay of Martyrs beach because of the presence of Hooded Plovers.

Dogs are permitted on leashes on the trail and beach at Sandy Cove (pictured above) in the Childers Cove area

Peterborough Township:

Enjoy an off lead area at the mouth of the Curdies River (seasonal sandbars alter the available area) Special Conditions - only before 9am and after 6pm between the 1st December and the 30th April

Dogs are permitted on leashes in the area bounded by and including Hamilton and Irvine Streets, Schomberg and Halladale Roads and the Childrens playground and BBQ area on Irvine Street.

Port Campbell Township:

Enjoy an off lead area at the Port Campbell Recreation Reserve

Dogs on leashes are permitted in the Port Campbell Township. Dogs are not permitted on the Port Campbell Foreshore, estuary or beach areas.

Princetown Township and Princetown Recreation Reserve:

Dogs are permitted on a leash in Princetown Township

Dogs are permitted on a leash on the Serpentine Boardwalk and on Old Coach Road East between the Princetown Recreation Reserve and the Serpentine Boardwalk.

Dogs are permitted on a leash in the Princetown Recreation Reserve

Dogs are not permitted beyond the Recreation Reserve on Old Coach Road East, on the Estuary or Ocean beaches that are a part of Great Otway National Park.

Camperdown Timboon (Coast to Crater) Rail Trail:

Dogs are permitted on leashes along the entire (34km) rail trail including the recently restored Timboon Trestle Bridge. The Timboon Railway Shed Distillery Provides a water bowl for thirsty pets.

Timboon Bushland Reserve (Cowleys Creek):

Dogs are permitted on leashes

Camperdown Lakes and Craters:

Have you ever exercised your dog on a scoria cone or let them wade in a volcanic lake?

Enjoy an amazing off leash area at Mt Leura and Sugarloaf. Dogs must be able to be controlled!

Dogs on leashes are permitted at South Beach on Lake Bullen Merri and in the wonderful Camperdown Botanical Gardens.

Scoop the Poop!

In Corangamite we love our waterways. Dog owners who do not clean up after their dog will be fined. Degradable bags are available for visitors at the 12 Apostles Visitor Information Centre - Port Campbell.

Camperdown Botanical Gardens

The Camperdown Gardens land was put aside in 1869 with work being carried out by Daniel Bunce from 1870, in 1888 inprovements were made under the guidance of William Guilfoyle.

Mt Leura and Sugarloaf

The car park and lookout offer commanding views of Lake Corangamite and views across Lake Colongulac towards Mt Elephant.