Life’s a Dog Beach

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Fido loves the beach but you don’t like the fines. Being aware of appropriate dog friendly beaches and hours will not only ensure your number one companion has the perfect social outing.

Exercising your dog on Port Phillip’s beaches and parks is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. After consultation with the local community last summer, hours of access to beaches for dogs has been extended and new signage has been installed along Port Phillip’s beaches to remind dog owners when dogs can be off leash.

The summer season runs from November 1 through to March 31st during which time dogs are permitted between 7.30pm – 10am at Middle Park Beach and between 5.30 – 9.30am at Elwood Beach. Your dog is free to play on the following beaches all year round:


  • 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
  • West Beach: St Kilda West
  • 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


Mayor Amanda Stevens said the change proved popular last summer and the newly installed signs now easily informed dog owners of their responsibilities; which includes collecting and appropriate disposal of droppings, ensuring your dog doesn’t disturb people or wildlife and carrying a leash and keeping your dog under effective control on off-leash beaches in summer, when more people are around. On the spot fines can be issued for a variety of infringements so before heading to the beach be sure to check the signs.


“Dogs are invaluable to the health and wellbeing of our community and bringing people together at our parks and beaches. But to ensure these parks and beaches remain wonderful accessible assets, we’ve developed policies that focus on sharing those spaces”.


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