Beaches where you can take dogs along the Ocean Road
Taking a dog on holiday to the coast or National Parks can be difficult in Australia. We have a lot of wildlife to consider and protect. The Great Ocean Road and Otway National Park have a lot of restrictions in place, but it is possible to find some wonderful beaches to let your dog romp on.
We have sought out all the beaches that dog owners can go to without restrictions all year round. Many other beaches do allow dogs during certain months or hours, but this list enables owners to know that they can arrive at any time that suits best (unless rules change, please let us know if they have).
Dogs are not permitted in the Port Campbell National Park, which is where the Twelve Apostles are located. They can be left in vehicles, though common sense and care needs to be used during warm/hot weather.
Pet-Friendly Beaches starting in Torquay
The beaches below start in Torquay and are listed in order of towns along the Great OceanRoad. Please let us know if any beaches are missed from the list or are no longer accessible as all year round off lead beaches.
Lots of other beaches are available at certain times of the year with strict regulations, but the ones below are all day, every day. Please abide by rules and signage though.
Torquay | Jan Juc
Famous for nearby Bells Beach and home to the National Surfing Museum, Torquay offers a good beach for pooches to run free.
Anglesea is a lovely little town, great beaches, surf school, boat hire and fab cafes.
Well-known for the Split Point Lighthouse, coastal walks, plenty of places to eat and an awesome beach for dogs (and humans).
One of the most popular and busiest seaside towns in Victoria. Lorne has fabulous walks, plenty of places to eat and a wonderful beach area that dogs are allowed to romp on.
From the parking area (toilets are here too) go onto the beach and head to the left, it is quite a long beach so dogs can have a good run. Keep within the signs. The walk to the beach to or from Lorne is fairly easy if you just follow the paths.
Lots of homes in this little town have signs such as ‘Wye Not’ & ‘Wye Worry’! Quite a busy holiday destination in the summer with a great vibe.
Between the foreshore campground and the public toilets, dogs need to be on the lead but all the other surrounding beaches are off lead all year round.
Dogs can be off the lead on surrounding beaches but not in the vicinity of the Surf Lifesaving Club.
A pet-friendly beach as well as koalas in the wild. Keep dogs restrained in bush areas where the koalas hang out.
Get Directions to a nearby beach
Another popular seaside town with plenty to keep people staying for a few days. Waterfalls to see (some pet-friendly), great places to eat and stay plus a fabulous beach.
Between Marriners Lookout Road and the harbour, dogs must be on the lead at certain times, but the surrounding beaches are off lead all year. Lots of space to enjoy.
From May 1st to December 24th dogs can romp freely on the entire beach at Apollo Bay, it is really long and just gorgeous. Otherwise, stick to the other end during the peak season if you want to let them run at any time of the day without worries.
Get Directions to the beach area on the other side of Marriners Lookout Road
Close to Apollo Bay, this is a gorgeous beach, it does not tend to get as busy as the main beaches. From where Ocean Park Drive meets the Great Ocean Road, follow the direction sign on the beach for dogs off the lead.
Get Directions to the end of Ocean Park Drive
A little more remote with no major town, wild surfing beaches and a perfect place for a holiday with dogs. When reaching the main parking area, take note of the dog-friendly beach section, loads of space and wild crashing waves!
Famous for whale watching, Warrnambool is about an hour from Port Campbell and offers a super long sandy beach that dogs and owners will just love.
Get Directions to Point Ritchie
A number of holiday cottages and properties offer pet-friendly accommodation, taking your dog on a road trip along the Ocean Road can be done easily. We have found a few excellent places on Booking.com:
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