Struggling to find decent hikes that are dog-friendly? Unfortunately a lot of trails don't allow you to bring your four-legged bestie along so it's always important to check the ParksVic website before you adventure. But luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work and compiled this list of hikes around Victoria that both you and your furry friend can enjoy.
George Bass Coastal Walk
Heading southeast from Melbourne, the George Bass Coastal walk is a great day walk with spectacular scenery. It’s great for enjoying views of beautiful farmland and the Bass Coast, all with your furry friend. The walk begins at Punchbowl car park, San Remo and ends in Kilcunda. Alternatively, you can start in Kilcunda.
Distance: 14km round trip
Duration: 4 hours return approx
For the whole family, the You Yangs is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne where dogs are permitted throughout the park. There’s a variety of trails to explore - the most popular being the Flinders Peak walk, which provides superb views from the top.
Distance: 3.2km (with plenty of steps to ascend)
Duration: 1 hour approx
Yarra Bend Park Walk
As the largest natural bushland park in Melbourne, enjoy walking along the winding Yarra River with plenty of room to explore. Dogs are permitted in most of the park, and there’s also a bunch of off leash areas too. Follow the river and make it as short or as long as you wish!
Distance: From 2km - 15km, it's up to you
Mathias Walking Track
Nestled in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges is one of the best dog-friendly bushwalks near Melbourne through deep forest. You can start your walk from the old Olinda Golf Course where your four-legged friend can enjoy a good off-leash run around before entering onto the trail.
Distance: 4km out and back
Duration: 1 hour approx
Mount Martha Community Forest
This walk is doggie paradise - kilometres of leash free fun and a small creek for your pooches to play. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere as you amble through the forest with multiple paths to follow. Entry is directly opposite the Balcombe Grammar School.
Distance: 2.5km +
Distance: Half an hour +
Red Hill Rail Trail
An easy and straightforward out and back walk passing farmland, pine trees and eucalypt forests. Start the trail at Merricks and head all the way down to the town centre of Red Hill for the full walk. Just be mindful of other trail users, including mountain bikers and horse riders, who often use this shared trail.
Distance: 6.5km (one way)
Duration: 2.5 hours approx
Once you've picked your next hike spot, remember to pack your waterproof jacket, some water, sunscreen and doggie treats so everyone enjoys the adventure. And don't forget to tag @amble.outdoors as we love seeing where you explore!