EAT AND DRINK
Hidden in the industrial area of Mornington is Mornington Peninsula Brewery. Here both you and your dog can quench your thirst and enjoy the atmosphere of this bustling local gem. For yourself we recommend one of their many craft beers on tap or something from their ever-expanding range of specialty beers, and for Fido he can indulge to his heart’s content with the water bowls in the beer garden.
In Red Hill South you can spoil yourself sipping wine and admiring breathtaking views at Tucks Ridge Winery where the deck and expansive lawn overlook the vines. The outdoor bar means that you are only ever a stone’s throw away from your four-legged friend who will enjoy all the people and dog watching at this Insta-worthy winery. It’s casual, fun and ticks all the boxes for a chilled afternoon out with friends.
Wine, tapas and food grown on site at the farm, yes please! Another hinterland favourite is Green Olive at Red Hill which is a wonderful place to visit to enjoy friendly Peninsula hospitality and taste the freshest local produce. Resident kelpies mother and daughter duo, Rasa and Indi can be seen parading around the property as well as the protective Italian Maremma, Pisa, who protects the chickens from the foxes. You are invited to explore the farm, take a walk around the dam and or simply sit and dine on the deck, pooches are welcome just on leash.
A little further afield, you can’t miss the gorgeous Georgie Bass Café in Flinders, with colourful kitchen gardens dotted around the terrace, these guys are big on seasonal produce, offering wholesome foods 7 days a week. Your dog will feel right at home with welcoming staff, fresh dog bowls, complimentary doggy treats, plenty of grassed areas to enjoy and space to bask in the sunshine on the deck.
We’ve never met a dog that doesn’t get excited about the prospect of a walk. Try out one of the following walks and be amazed at the natural beauty which is around every corner. Whilst Mornington Peninsula National Parks do not permit our best friends there are plenty of other great walks in region that will get them out and about with you and we have prepared a sample of our favourites for you.
Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk
The 2.5km walking track takes you through bushland alongside the charming Balcombe Creek in Mt Martha. Your dog is welcome, just on a leash as there is precious wildlife in the area. You can learn about the birdlife via the signboards on your way.
This stunning cliff top walk in Sorrento is 1.5km each way and gives way to some of the most amazing views of Port Phillip, extending to the Bellarine Peninsula. You really must see it to believe it.
The Bay Trail
Heading along the coastline of Port Phillip from Dromana to Portsea is Mornington Peninsula’s Bay Trail flanked by beautiful sandy beaches and clear waters of the bay. There are many sections to choose from with plenty of toilets, water stations and playgrounds along the way. Pathways are shared and have varying surfaces, but it is generally an easy walk to enjoy.
Pooches can enjoy a new Dog Agility Park in Frankston where they can weave, dodge, climb, balance, crawl and jump over hurdles until their heart's content. The tennis court-sized fully fenced dog park located along the rear fence line of Ballam Park features hurdles of differing heights, balance beams, a crawl tunnel, weave poles bridge and sit-stay platforms. Three is also a grassed area, seating and a drinking tap with dog bowl.
Let your dog run wild feeling the wind in their fur and sand at their paws. Here is a list of year-round leash free beaches. Just remember that as the sun gets hotter the sand heats up so to avoid damaging delicate paws either head down early morning or in the evening. The bonus about these times is that there is the chance for you to catch some of our spectacular Mornington Peninsula sunrises and sunsets!
- Tassells Cove, Safety Beach
- Flinders Beach, north of Cove Lane, Flinders
- Hawker Beach Mt Martha
- Fossil Beach and Royal Beach, Mornington
- Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Hastings
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Looking for more suggestions? Chat with the friendly locals at the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre they know all the secrets you can discover on the Mornington Peninsula.
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