Many people come to the Mornington Peninsula just to visit the beaches. And if you’re a local I’m sure you notice this during the warmer months. Heading to the beach earlier in the morning to reserve a prime spot for the day. But there are many dog beaches around Mornington and Mount Martha offering leash-free exercise opportunities.

A few of Mornington and Mount Matha’s beaches are leash free all year round, and many are leash free from 7pm to 9am during daylight savings.

All year round leash-free dog beaches in Mornington and Mount Matha are:

  • Royal Beach in Mornington – can be accessed down steep stairs opposite the Royal Hotel.
  • Fosters Beach in Mornington – is accessed via a walking track, opposite number 630 The Esplanade.
  • Hawker Beach in Mount Martha – can be accessed from a steep fire track opposite Helena street.

Many beaches generally prohibit dogs during the day throughout daylight savings. But you can let your dog run free on these beaches from 7 pm to 9 am during daylight savings.

  • Daveys Bay in Mt. Eliza – a sandy beach that can be accessed from the end of Daveys Bay Road.
  • Mt. Eliza Beach in Mt Eliza – another sandy beach with access between Freemans and Williams Roads.
  • Half Moon Bay in Mt. Eliza – a sandy beach that can be accessed from Canadian Bay Road car park.
  • Dava Beach in Mount Martha – accessed via a steep stairway, opposite number 584 The Esplanade.
  • Birdrock Beach in Mount Martha – accessed via Dava Beach and steep stairway.

The walking tracks along the Esplanade are also a great way to exercise your dog while taking in a spectacular view. And if the beach isn’t your thing, there are also many dog-friendly parks with fenced leash-free zones. And don’t forget to clean up after your dog!