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.
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 park.
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. Construction to extend the trail to the coast at Port Campbell has commenced and is anticipated to be completed by December 2021.
Terang and Noorat Bike Trail
This is a great trail with views north towards Mount Noorat and south towards the rise of Terang and its distinctive crown of deciduous trees.
Camperdown Botanical Gardens
The Gardens feature three species of trees on the Significant tree registry - The African Holly, Linden trees and Himalayan Oaks.
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.
Mount Noorat Walk
Alan Marshall Discovery Trail. One of Australia’s best preserved dry craters offering commanding views of surrounding peaks on the volcanic plain.
Visible from 60 kilometres in every direction, Mount Elephant dominates the landscape and now you have the chance to put yourself on the top of it.
Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail
Meander through historic goldfields sites, traversing a majestic trestle bridge and taking in the wonderful rolling hills and pockets of forest.
Visitors please note that Beauchamp Falls precinct is currently closed to the public with opening not expected until June 2021
Pet friendly accommodation
We recommend you contact the accommodation provider before confirming your reservation as restrictions regarding the season, availability, breed and nature of your pet may apply.