If your dog loves to feel the sand between their paws and the wind in their fur, the dog friendly Bay Trail around Port Phillip Bay is a trail to check out. The Port Melbourne section is mostly flat. You and your doggo will relish strolls along the beach while soaking in some lovely beach side views. Pass by iconic landmarks like Melbourne's historic Princess Pier and Station Pier. And don't forget to get your phone out for those skyline selfies if you're walking towards the city.

Bay Trail Port Melbourne map

The dog-friendly trail offers a split path: one for pedestrians and one for cyclists. So no need to fret about a bike zooming past and startling your pup. But a quick heads-up: Do keep an eye out for cyclists when you're getting out of your car or crossing over to the walking path.

You won't find much shade here, so make sure you and your dog slather on that sunscreen. On windy days, be prepared to get a free sandy facial courtesy of the sandy beach. And let's be honest, it might be the closest thing to a spa day you'll get this month.

Bay Trail near Sandrige beach Port Melbourne

Amenities Along This Dog-Friendly Trail

The trail is quipped with water stations for your dogs water bottle refills. There are plenty of bins for those poop bags, but no dog bags so make you're packing. Public toilets for the humans are also sprinkled along the trail, so no worries there. Plus, you'll find seating in select spots—great for taking a breather or simply to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Dog Park Detours

Beaches along this trail offer off-leash freedom from April 1st to October 31st. But there are a couple of spots where your pup can roam free all year round:

Port Melbourne Dog Beach by Westport Reserve:

Fancy something a bit more private? Head over to this lesser-known spot. Tucked away by some not-so-scenic shipping docks, it's the perfect escape from the bustling crowds.

Port Melbourne Dog Beach by Westport Reserve

Port Melbourne Dog Beach by Bay Street:

If your pup is more of a social butterfly, this is the go-to beach. Be warned, it can get a little crowded on the weekends, but hey, more furry friends for your pup to meet!

A Bit of History & Culture

Port Melbourne, initially known as Sandridge, has a rich history, once being swampland and the territory of the Bunurong people. It served as the main port of Melbourne, and you'll feel the blend of old and new as you trot along.

Location & Visiting

The trail starts at Sandridge Beach and runs along the beach in Port Melbourne, continuing into Albert Park and Middle Park. Paid parking is available along beach roads like The Blvd, Beach St, and Beaconsfield Parade. If you're a savvy parker, you might even find some restricted free spots in the back streets.