Pack the doggy treats and the water bowl, it’s time to hit the road with your furry friend in tow! Choose your own adventure from our curated itinerary of Mornington Peninsula dog-friendly experiences and destinations. This includes places to eat and drink, year-round dog beaches and walks perfect for exploring.
FOOD AND DRINK
The Mornington Peninsula has a treasure trove of delicious places to eat and drink, with many welcoming all pups to enjoy their location.
Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery
Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery in Mornington is known for its ever-expanding range of specialty craft brews. It’s here where both you and the furry bestie can quench your thirst and enjoy the atmosphere of this bustling local scene. Sample one of their gin or whisky tasting paddles, or opt for something delicious on tap while your precious pooch laps up the sunshine in the the beer garden.
Explore more of Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery here.
Wine tastings and cheese platters are all the go on weekends at Phaedrus Estate in Moorooduc. Dogs are welcome to visit as well (on a lead), with ample space outside to spread out and enjoy the picturesque setting. Established in 1997, Phaedrus Estate has a rich history of winemaking on the Mornington Peninsula, with owners Ewan and Maitena always keen to share with visitors their knowledge and love for the industry.
See how you can spend the next weekend at Phaedrus Estate here.
Green Olive at Red Hill
Green Olive at Red Hill in Main Ridge is a beautiful place to enjoy friendly Peninsula hospitality and local produce. As well as meeting the many animals who call this olive grove, farm and winery home, take the time to indulge in delicious flavours with the help of colourful grazing plates. Pooches are welcome on leashes!
Learn more about Green Olive at Red Hill here.
There are plenty of great Mornington Peninsula dog-friendly walks that will inspire (and tire) you and your woofer! Check out a few of our favourites:
Balcombe Creek Estuary Boardwalk
Dogs are welcome on a leash on the Balcombe Creek Estuary Boardwalk. The 2.5km walking track winds its way along the charming Balcombe Creek in Mount Martha. Learn about the precious species of wildlife in the area as you follow educational signboards throughout the journey.
Continue following the Balcombe Creek Estuary Boardwalk here.
The stunning Millionaires Walk in Sorrento is 1.5km each way and showcases some of the most amazing views of Port Phillip, extending to the Bellarine Peninsula. You really must see it to believe it!
Explore more of the Millionaire’s Walk here.
The Bay Trail
Heading along the coastline of Port Phillip from Safety Beach to Portsea is the Mornington Peninsula’s Bay Trail, flanked by beautiful sandy beaches and clear bay waters. Pick and choose where you start and finish the walk, 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.
Check out where you can adventure to on the Mornington Peninsula Bay Trail here.
Here is a list of year-round leash-free Mornington Peninsula beaches. Head down early in the morning or at dusk to catch some of our spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Safety Beach - Tassells Cove: a small sandy beach between Marina Cove & Bruce Rd.
Mount Martha - Hawker Beach: enter via the steep fire access track down to the beach opposite Helena St.
Somers - Somers Beach: 200 metres of sandy beach, east from the bottom of the ‘hundred steps’. *Please note: Other areas of Somers Beach have restricted leash-free times.
Let your pups enjoy the sea spray and fresh air in their hair as you cross the bay with Searoad Ferries. Enjoy the adventure together and take in the sights of Sorrento town. Cliff top mansions, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings all to be spotted!
Find out more about how you can enjoy a voyage with Searoad Ferries here.
There is no need to leave your four-legged friend at home! Holidaying with your dog is an option at some of our Mornington Peninsula accommodation providers. Conditions apply so be sure to check before you book.
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