food + drink
Mornington Peninsula has a treasure trove of delicious places to eat and drink many who love pups to enjoy their location.
Tar Barrel Brewery is known for its ever-expanding range of speciality craft brews. Here both you and your dog can quench your thirst and enjoy the atmosphere of this bustling local. Sample one of their new gin or whisky tasting paddles or something delicious on tap while your precious pooch can enjoy water bowls in the beer garden.
In Flinders enjoy excellent coffee and a delicious brunch at Georgie Bass Café and Cookery. The inviting indoor/outdoor space welcomes you and your furry friends to stay and relax a while in their dog friendly seating area. Friendly staff will even supply water for thirsty puppies. Gorgeous pooches are always welcome at Georgie Bass Café!
Be transported by breathtaking views at Tucks where the deck and expansive lawn overlook the vines. The outdoor bar is pet friendly, casual, fun and is perfect for a chilled afternoon out with friends, those with or without fur! Always keep your fur friend close by on a lead
At Green Olive at Red Hill, wine, tapas, and produce are grown on-site at the farm which makes it a beautiful place to visit to enjoy friendly Peninsula hospitality and local produce. Resident kelpies’ mother and daughter duo, Rasa and Indi, can be seen strutting around the property as well as the Italian Maremma, Pisa, who protects the chickens from the foxes. You can explore the farm, take a walk around the dam or sit and dine on the deck; pooches are welcome if on leashes.
Walk this way to combine a happy puppy and natural beauty. There are plenty of great walks in the region that will inspire (and tire) you and your woofer, check out a few of our favourites.
Dogs are welcome on a leash on the Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk. The 2.5km walking track takes along the charming Balcombe Creek in Mt Martha. Build your knowledge about the precious species of wildlife in the area as you follow educational signboards along the 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.
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.
Let your dog chase a wave or enjoy the soft sand. Here is a list of year-round leash-free beaches. Head down early morning or in the evening for you to catch some of our spectacular Mornington Peninsula sunrises and sunsets.
Safety Beach: Tassells Cove - Small Sandy beach between Marina Cove & Bruce Rd
Mt Martha: Hawker Beach - Enter via steep fire access track down to beach opposite Helena St
Somers: Somers Beach - 200 metres of sandy beach, east from bottom of ‘hundred steps’
*Please note Somers Beach also has restricted leash-free times.
There is no need to leave your four-legged friend at home. Holidaying with your dog is an option at some of our accommodation providers. Conditions apply so be sure to check before you book. Explore some of the options here.
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