Dog beaches

We understand dog owners need space to let their dogs run and play without a leash. However, it's important to know that restrictions may apply.

Dog off-leash beach areas November to March

During summer (1 November to 31 March) dog off-leash area restrictions change. Please see the
beach access restrictions map (PDF 104 KB) or the list below for more information.

Two dog beaches during summer are early morning beaches only:

  • Middle Park Beach
  • Elwood Beach

Let your dog play on:

See Dog Parks and Reserves for information about more off-leash areas.

All year restrictions

Dogs and cats are prohibited in the following environmentally sensitive areas all year:

  • Perce White Reserve, Port Melbourne
  • West Beach St Kilda (not allowed on environmentally sensitive dune area).

Dog owners

Dog owners, please:

  • keep your dog on leash, except in the designated off-leash areas
  • collect and dispose of droppings
  • carry a leash and keep your dog under effective control on off-leash beaches at all times
  • ensure your dog doesn’t disturb other people, animals and wildlife.
Women wading through the water on St Kilda West dog beach with two dogs off leash and the St Kilda Pier in the background.

St Kilda West dog beach

More information

Please refer to the signage at our beaches, parks and reserves. Don't forget it's now mandatory to carry bags or other devices and clean up after your dog.

To find your nearest dog off-leash beach areas, visit our Services Near Me page.

Contact us to ask a question, request information or give us feedback online or contact our ASSIST Service Centre on 03 9209 6777.

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