Fantastic Walking Trails in Victoria for Your Dog
Taking the same path around the neighbourhood every day can lack inspiration and excitement for you and your dog. If you’re lucky enough to live in the beautiful state of Victoria, you have a range of options for walking trails at your fingertips. In this article, we’re making a list of some of our favourite dog-friendly walking trails in Victoria.
The Unmistakable Yarra Bend Park Trail
The Yarra river connects Melbourne at all points. This huge park covers 260 hectares of land and the Yarra river flows for 12km through it. No matter where you are located, there are multiple access points across the entire city.
The track contains some of the longest standing bushland in inner Melbourne. 320 indigenous plants have been recorded in the park! You and your pup could be lucky enough to see many animals including platypus, multiple bat breeds, birds and reptiles.
Mount Martha Leash-Free Community Forest
You’re sure to run into other dog lovers on this stunning walk. Backing onto The Briars, this community forest is stuffed with tall trees and rustic dirt paths to follow at your own pace. This leash-free forest is the ideal, exciting environment for stimulating runs off the leash. You’ll be treated to cattle, kookaburras and endless flowing water that your dog can create a mess in.
The only danger in this mild hike is raised tree roots across the paths but stay vigilant and you won’t have any problems. On warm days, this spot is perfect for a picnic or a meal under the rotunda at the entrance. Be sure to pack water and, as always with bush walks, keep a careful eye out for any snakes.
Safety Beach Dog-Friendly Walk
This stunning walk is approximately 2 hours long; however, it can be adjusted to your own liking by simply parking your car further along the trail to start with. The hidden gem of this view-filled walk is the end point – a secluded, leash-free dog beach!
Reconnect with nature as you enjoy the relaxed, beachy vibe of Safety Beach and cross paths with joggers, cyclists and plenty of other dogs. If you’re bringing children, there are two well-maintained playgrounds with toilets and drinking fountains along the path. You can treat yourself to a coffee and pastry at the local café and make a full day out of your adventure.
Leash-Free Environments are for Trained Puppies
As amazing as these walks sound, you have to make sure you’ve trained your dog thoroughly before taking them off the leash in public. Enrolling in a certified canine obedience course will help you explore nature with confidence. Get in touch with the National Dog Trainers Federation for more information on dog training! Call us on 1300 66 44 66 or contact us online.