Mount Martha Park is a beloved spot for locals who enjoy scenic strolls with furry friends. This 53-hectare reserve offers well-defined, dog-friendly walking trails that connect the picnic area to the summit, providing panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay and Arthurs Seat to the south.

These trails are perfect for intermediate walkers, featuring uneven surfaces and slight elevation changes. Wide trails and no motorbikes make it great for taking long dog leads. Despite the park's size, you'll still hear the distant hum of the nearby freeway, but it doesn't detract from its natural beauty.

Dog friendly walking trail in Mount Martha with rough terrain

Scenic Dog Walking Trails with Lookouts

The multiple trails and paths all meet up, allowing you to choose your own adventure and adjust the length of your walk as needed. However, it can be a bit of a maze for first-timers, so it's best to keep Google Maps handy. The Calder Path will lead you to the wooden lookout platform, offering stunning vistas across Port Phillip Bay and Dromana. Perfect if you're after a walking trail with panoramic views of the Mornington Peninsula.

View from lookout at Mount Martha Park

The park's grassy woodlands dominate, with small pockets of remnant Snow Gums around the summit. While exploring, you'll find a mix of wide dirt tracks with some narrower sections, all contributing to the park's charm. If you're looking for dog-friendly bushwalks on the Mornington Peninsula, this park won't disappoint.

Pet-Friendly Picnic Spots and Amenities

Mount Martha Public Park offers no facilities directly on the trails. However, the Conifers Picnic Ground is a fantastic access point, offering:

  • Public BBQ: Ideal for a post-walk barbecue.
  • Picnic Tables: Nestled among towering pine trees, though some may need maintenance.
  • Undercover Open Hut: Perfect for a picnic with family and friends.
  • Playground: Great for kids to enjoy while you relax.
  • Toilets: Conveniently located near the parking area.

This park is perfect for pet-friendly picnic spots combined with a scenic walk.

Conifers Picnic Ground Mount Martha

Visiting Mount Martha Park

The main access point is off Park Road by Conifers Picnic Ground, where you'll also find parking and toilet facilities near the trailhead. Various other pedestrian access points, including Bradford Road, make it easy to enter the park from different directions.

Essential Safety Tips for Dog-Friendly Walking Trails

While enjoying your walk, it's essential to be prepared:

  • Trail Navigation: The Mount Martha Loop can be tricky to follow, so consult the map as you walk.
  • Windy Days: The bay's proximity means the winds can pick up, so dress accordingly.
  • Wildlife: Stay vigilant for snakes during the warmer months, especially in the reserves.