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Dogs on Beaches

Exercising your dog on Port Phillip’s beaches and parks is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. The City of Port Phillip understands that dog owners need space to let their dogs run and play without a leash. However, it is important to know that restrictions may apply.

Dog owners, please:

  • collect and dispose of droppings
  • keep your dog on a leash, except in the designated off-leash areas
  • ensure your dog doesn’t disturb other people and wildlife
  • carry a leash and keep your dog under effective control on off-leash beaches in summer, when more people are around.

Let your dog play on:

Sandridge Beach: Between the rock groyne opposite Barak Road and the rock groyne opposite Cumberland Road.

Port Melbourne Beach: Between Port Melbourne Yacht Club and Lagoon Pier.

Middle Park: Between Kerferd Road Pier and Langridge Street (7.30 pm - 10.00 am, 1 November - 31 March)

St Kilda West: West Beach

St Kilda Beach: Along Pier Road to the drainage channel at the north-west end of Pier Rd and between Brooks Jetty and the northern end of the car park towards St Kilda Marina.

Elwood Beach: Between the rock groyne south of Point Ormond and the beach access ramp 35 metres south-east of Normandy Road (5.30 am - 9.30 am, 1 November - 31 March).

Summer Season : November 1 - March 31

Two dog beaches during summer are early morning beaches only  -  Middle Park & Elwood

Dogs and cats are prohibited in these environmentally sensitive areas ALL YEAR :

Perce White Reserve, Port Melbourne

West Beach St Kilda (not allowed on environmentally sensitive dune area).

Locations map of designated off leash beach areas.

For further information please refer to the signage at our beaches, parks and reserves.

More information

Dog Litter - it's now mandatory to carry bags or other devices and clean up after your dog. Animal Management Policy - Council Order No.3.

Beaches homepage

Contact us or use eServices to ask us a question, request information or give us feedback online or contact Councils ASSIST Service Centre on (03) 9209 6777.