Melbourne dog owners, rejoice! We’ve compiled the top five walks to take your dog on in and around our glorious city this weekend. If you’re bored of the same old walking tracks and scenery then this is the guide you’ve been waiting for.
You and your pooch can head up the promenade and play in the sand, or hop in the car and go mountain-side. Most of these areas are off-leash (with the exceptions of nature reserves). We also took the liberty of getting advice for the weekend walk straight from the dog’s mouth! We contacted social media stars Lenny and Bentley to find out where their favourite walks are located.
Read on to find some inspiration for your next weekend adventure!
1. The Olinda Creek walking track (dogs allowed on leash)
Your dog can lock in some much needed face-in-the-breeze-lean-out-the-window time as you head up to the Dandenong ranges this weekend and check out the gorgeous Olinda creek walking track. It’s a 10 kilometre return walk, rated easy to moderate, through the Silvan Reservoir and boasts stunning views of natural reserved habitat, eucalyptus trees and bright green mossy areas abound.
The fresh air and break from the city humdrum will leave you and your pooch feeling refreshed and once again in tune with nature. As it is a reserve, dogs will need to remain on leash, but that’s a small price to pay to let them snuffle through the undergrowth and feel those animal instincts once more!
2. The Upper Yarra Reservoir Park (dogs allowed on leash)
Situated around the highest point of the Yarra river accessible to the public, the Upper Yarra Reservoir park is a full on weekend getaway ready for the taking. Dogs must remain on leash but are welcomed as camping compatriots should you feel like pitching a tent or bringing a caravan and going grounding this weekend. Get back to your roots, pack a few picnics and some warm clothes and comfortable shoes. The Upper Yarra Reservoir park is an absolute gem and home to the beautiful Batt’s Creek track. Don’t forget to check out the various lookouts to see water gushing back down toward Melbourne and watch the drool form on your dog’s face as he imagines gleefully jumping down into the splashing surrounds.
3. West Beach in St Kilda (allows dogs off leash all year round)
Beside St Kilda pier and continuing on to Sandridge St, St Kilda’s West Beach is one of the most accessible dog beaches in Melbourne. With gorgeous harbour views and a smattering of beach side cafes to refresh owners and pets alike, this beach is a surefire way to release the hounds and any pent-up energy they may be feeling from the past week.
Let your pooch run wild, chase seagulls and dig excitedly through the sand to uncover all things curious. The shallow water means dogs will enjoy a quick dip and paddle. Winter won’t stop the curiosity in your pup as he to she watches the tiny shoreside fish darting in and about under the surface!
4. Birdlands Reserve, West Belgrave (allows dogs)
Tucked away in secluded Belgrave South, the Birdlands Nature reserve is the perfect weekend walking track for pets and owners. It is a native animal reserve, so your pup will have to remain on leash, but the payoff in seeing the myriad native flora and fauna (and even Platypus!) is worth it. You and your dog can get some fresh air and exercise and breathe in the delicious scents of native wattle and bottlebrush along this easy, flat walking track.
5. Inverleigh Flora Reserve (allows dogs on leash)
The Inverleigh Flora Reserve is a bit of a drive, located 27km west of Geelong on the Geelong Hamilton road, and is cared for by volunteers. This pretty reserve is home to a huge array of native species of flora and might even be a great space to spot a few native bluebanded bees! Your puppy might attempt to snap at a few of the flying insects so be sure to keep a leash handy. This walk is 9km long and pretty ‘out bush’ with no public facilities around. You will have to be sure to bring enough food and water to last you and your pup and take a few rest breaks. However, the reserve boasts over 50 species of native orchid and there have even been reported koala sightings so it’s not to be missed!
If you’re still after more of the outdoors after visiting these beautiful places, the Daily Fluff has got the inside scoop from some of our favourite influencers.
Instafamous pooch Bentley says:
“Two of my favourite spots to go for a walk is Lilydale Lake in Lilydale and The Retarding Basin in Boronia! Both have big grassy off leash areas that allows me run around and make new doggy friends! As well as lots of water for me to swim in if I need to cool down!”
And the adorable Lenny can’t get enough of the beach:
“One of my favourite walking spots is along Brighton Beach. Dogs like me are allowed to be off leash along the beach at all hours between March to November and from 7:30pm-10am during the warmer parts of the year. I love running along the sand, splashing in the water, exploring the rocks and letting tourists take happy snaps of me!”