There are many beaches and trails along the Great Ocean Road for you and pooch to explore and enjoy whilst on holiday, with a few do's and don'ts to follow along the way!
The Good News
Dogs are permitted in areas of Port Campbell and also the Bay of Islands Coastal Park, 18km west of Port Campbell township.
Dogs are permitted on a number of beautiful sandy beaches as long as they are on a leash. They are not permitted in certain areas because of the presence of threatened species including the Hooded Plover, Rufus Bristlebird and Southern Brown Bandicoot.
The Not so Good News
Domestic dogs are strictly prohibited in all areas of Port Campbell National Park, this includes the 12 Apostles. You may keep your dog in the car when in transit or in car parks.
It is not cool to leave dogs in hot cars. Please follow the advise of Parks Victoria, Corangamite Shire and the RSPCA and find other arrangements for your pet on hot days.
Just a hop, skip and jump from the world famous 12 Apostles and Gibson Steps, Princetown is a perfect base for visitors that value natural experiences. Dominated by the Gellibrand River Estuary and with plenty of nearby attractions including the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail.
A large coastal village located just a few minutes drive from Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles. It is host to some fantastic dining experiences, shops and a beautiful protected beach and bay. Stay and see the sunset from the Jetty (there are so many sunset experiences in the area you'll have to stay a few nights!)
Nestled on the edge of the Bay of Islands Coastal Park on the Curdies River. A great base for exploring the coast, ocean or estuary fishing or even a round of golf (we thinks it's the best view from a golf course in the world!).
Peterborough - Bay of Martyrs Trail
A wonderful cliff top trail from Peterborough Golf Course, through Halladale Point where you can view where the Falls of Halladale was wrecked, along to the Bay of Martyrs car...
Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail
The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding scenery.
Camperdown Botanical Gardens
The Gardens feature three species of trees on the Significant tree registry - The African Holly, an avenue of nine Linden trees and two Himalayan Oaks. The impressive canopy also includes Elms, Cedars and Pines.
Mount Leura and Mount Sugarloaf
On a clear day the Grampians and Otway Ranges are easily picked from the mounted distance and direction marker.
Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach
Find your own space on this crystal clear volcanic lake on the southern outskirts of Camperdown.
Adventurous walkers are treated to a base level view of a long drop falls. Easily identifiable by the distinctive crossed logs sweeping up from its base.
Dog friendly accommodation
We recommend you contact the accommodation provider before confirming your reservation as restrictions regarding the season, availability, breed and nature of the dog, may apply.
Daysy Hill Country Cottages
Daysy Hill Country Cottages Port Campbell provides country indulgence and spacious seclusion at the heart of the Shipwreck Coast.
Southern Anchorage Retreat
Southern Anchorage Retreat is indulgence in the Otways, just a short 20 minute drive to the iconic Twelve Apostles.
Great Ocean Road Tourist Park
On the Great Ocean Road, next to the bridge and opposite the hotel. Very popular for estuary and surf fishing, cray fishing, diving and swimming.
Lakes and Craters Holiday Park
Camperdown’s Lakes and Craters Holiday Park offers panoramic views of the surrounding Lakes and Craters country.
Apostles Camping Park & Cabins
Apostles Camping Park & Cabins has a wide range of accommodation beautifully situated on the Gellibrand River. The small township of Princetown offers many natural features worth exploring.