Where can I walk my dog on Phillip Island?

 

Phillip Island’s beaches and reserves are for everyone to enjoy. We are lucky to be able to visit many of these areas with our dogs. Observing signs and following regulations keeps people, dogs and wildlife safe.

Please read the signs carefully and note that Ventnor off lead dog beach is off lead all year round.

Download the map and save it to your device so you can refer to it when exploring Phillip Island with your dog. 

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Enlarge map by clicking here. (Updated December 1, 2021)


SHARING OUR SHORES

Phillip Island’s beaches and reserves are for everyone to enjoy. We are lucky to be able to visit many of these areas with our dogs. Observing signs and following regulations keeps people, dogs and wildlife safe. 

Hooded Plovers

These highly threatened shorebirds nest along the high tide line or in the sand dunes during spring and summer. Eggs and chicks are well camouflaged making them difficult to see and easily stepped on. Keeping your dog on a lead and away from signed nesting areas, helps to ensure their survival. 

Short-tailed Shearwaters 
These migratory birds live and breed in sand dune burrows from September to May and fly to the northern hemisphere over our winter. Please keep dogs on a lead and stay on paths - burrows are easily collapsed. Responsible dog owners and wildlife can live together - thank you for sharing our shores.

HERE’S HOW WE SHARE OUR BEACHES RESPONSIBLY: 

• Always check beach access signage Permitted times change seasonally, so be sure to check the signs. Penalties apply for not following regulations.

• Only use designated beach access points Informal tracks can be dangerous to yourself and wildlife and cause dune erosion.

• Stay out of the sand dunes Hooded Plovers and Short-tailed Shearwaters breed there.

• Keep your dog on a lead By law dogs must be on a lead in all public places in Bass Coast Shire except in designated off leash areas or private property.

• Pick up your dog poo! By law all dog walkers are required to have a suitable container to clean up after their dog.

• Register your dog All dogs over three months of age must be registered.

• Never leave your dog in a car on hot days A dog will quickly overheat if left in a car on a hot day. Confine your dog to your property when you are not with it.

• Report injured wildlife to Phillip Island Nature Parks on 5951 2800 

Responsible dog owners and wildlife can live together - thank you for sharing our shores.

For further information contact: 
Phillip Island Nature Parks: 5951 2800

Bass Coast Shire Council: 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 
www.basscoast.vic.gov.au