Whether your pup loves sprinting across flat terrain or you both enjoy leisurely strolls with beachside views, the dog-friendly Bay Trail in St Kilda is a must-visit. This section, connecting Middle Park to Elwood, offers mostly flat terrain—ideal for a relaxed beach walk. You also have the option to detour through Catani Gardens.

Wander along this dog-friendly trail, and you'll encounter iconic landmarks like St Kilda Pier, Sea Baths, historic Luna Park, and Palais Theatre. Pedestrians and cyclists share the path, so it's best to keep your dog on a close leash and watch for cyclists zooming by. Crowds often flock to the trail, especially on sunny days, creating a lively yet sometimes hectic atmosphere. For a more serene beachside experience, think about exploring this trail during the cooler seasons or in the early morning.

Bay Trail St Kilda map

Pet-Friendly Pit Stops

Stroll down the trail, and you'll discover some pet-friendly pit stops like Claw & Tail, where you can enjoy tasty lobster rolls while sitting back at South Beach Reserve. If you're in the mood for outdoor dining, Republica St Kilda Beach is a great choice. There, you can watch people walk by on the Bay Trail while sipping on cocktails and enjoying some shared plates.

Prepare For The Weather

There's not much shade along the trail, so you'll need to be armed with sunscreen for both you and your fur baby. On a windy day? Brace yourself for a sandy exfoliation session; you might call it a beachy facial.

Amenities Along This Dog-Friendly Trail

This trail is equipped with water stations for refilling your dog's water bottle. Though there aren't any bag dispensers, bins are provided for disposing of those poop bags. Human amenities? They've got you covered with public toilets along the route. Plenty of benches for those moments when you just want to sit and soak in the beauty of St Kilda.

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:

St Kilda Harbour and St Kilda West Beach

Just by St Kilda Pier,  St Kilda Harbour and St Kilda West Beach provide off-leash access year-round. These areas offer calmer waters protected by the marina, giving your pup a chance for some splashy fun.

Dogs Walking St Kilda Harbour Dog Beach

A Bit of History & Culture

St Kilda wasn't always the bustling beachside locale it is today. Initially, it was inhabited by the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung people. Over time, it evolved from a small jetty in 1853 to a seaside resort and finally, to the vibrant community rich in art and diversity that we know today. It's not just a walk but a journey through time.

Location & Visiting

The Bay Trail continues in both directions: towards Middle Park and Albert Park if heading toward the city, and towards Elwood if moving away. Paid parking can be found along Beaconsfield Parade, with some restricted free spots hidden in the back streets.