Pet Friendly

Dog friendly guide to the Great Ocean Road

There’s no reason why you need to leave your dog at home while you have all the fun! We’ve come up with some dog-friendly places along and around the Great Ocean Road we think you and your furry friend will love.

Parks

So long as your dog is on a lead, there are plenty of walks and hikes you can do together. Just always check the rules of each place before setting off – some may even let you take your dog run free off lead!

Here are some of our favourite walks to do with your pooch:

  • Lake Elizabeth Loop, Otways
  • Koorie Cultural Walk, Anglesea
  • Surf Coast Walk, Torquay
  • Ironbark Basin Picnic Area
  • Ironbark Gorge Walking Track
  • Ocean View Walking Track.

 

The best way to find out what dog friendly walks there are in the area, is to chat to the locals at the Visitor Information Centres – they’ll probably even let you in on a few hidden ones!

You can also check the Parks Victoria website for more information on the Otways.

 

 

 

Beaches

When it comes to dog-friendly breaks, you can’t beat beaches, especially on the Great Ocean Road! Your furry friend will love nothing more than to run around a beach feeling totally free, stumbling over the sand and doggy-paddling around in the waves. There are many beaches around which allow dogs to have fun without being on a lead, just be sure to check the signs as off-lead times are sometimes seasonal.

Here are a few to get you started:

 

Whites Beach, Torquay

Fishermans Beach, Torquay

Johanna

Southside Beach

Addiscott Beach

Point Addis to Anglesea via beach

Anglesea Main Beach?

Mouth Beach, Aireys Inlet

North Lorne Beach

Marengo?

Apollo Bay?

Port Fairy?

Warrnambool?

Portland?

Cafes, Pubs & Restaurants

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay

The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is one of the few which allows dogs to come and join in on the fun. The pub’s dog-friendly beer garden is the perfect place for you and your furry friend to unwind – soak up the sun, check out the amazing landscape, and have a pint with man’s best friend! How many dog-friendly restaurants do you know that serve their own doggy beer?! At the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, they serve “Beerdog’s Bitter”, a special alcohol-free brew which is designed to appeal to the taste buds of dogs, mimicking the taste of a pint but without giving Fido a nasty hangover!

As a local Craft Beer destination, they serve a wide range of craft beer concoctions, including the full range of Prickly Moses, a very popular local beer here in Apollo Bay. Order a Prickly Moses beer paddle and both doggy and you have something excited to try!

Tastes of the Region, Apollo Bay

Behind the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, you will find Tastes of the Region, the Great Ocean Road’s one and only dog-friendly tasting room.

Here you can try some exciting local brews including the full-range plus specialty brews from Prickly Moses handcrafted Beer. They also offer wine tastings, along with a fantastic selection of local produce from the Otways and Great Ocean Road regions that you can take home with you.

You’ll find locally made cheese, premium meat products, herbs and spices, delicious chocolates, a range of jams, chutneys and oils, locally produced honey, and lots of other tasty treats as well as handcrafted gifts and souvenirs.

But the best of all, your furry friend is allowed inside the Tastes of the Region building and what’s more, they’ll be taking a polaroid picture of your dog for the Dog Wall of Fame! A brilliant way to honour the canine patrons and give their owners something to boast about over a pint or two.

 

Salty Dog Cafe, Torquay

 

Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet

 

 

Waterfalls

Few natural wonders are more breathtaking than waterfalls, and your canine friend is sure to enjoy the amazing landscape surrounding Victoria’s impressive waterfalls. For example, the Otways is just slightly inland from the Great Ocean Road, and here you can find a huge array of picturesque waterfalls to complement your dog-friendly weekend break.

For instance, the 20-metre-high Beauchamp Falls is very impressive after a somewhat strenuous walk there, while Carisbrook Falls can be reached via an easy 10-minute walk. It doesn’t matter how fit/old you and your dog are – there’s a waterfall trek to suit everyone in the Otways!

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.