Leash-free areas

1. Overview

We encourage responsible dog owners to have ‘Leash-Free’ fun with their dogs at the Shire's many designated Leash-Free areas located around the Mornington Peninsula. Exercising your dog contributes towards a more healthy, active lifestyle for you and your dog.

Download the Leash Free(PDF, 1MB) brochure for location details.

For information about dogs in Mornington Peninsula National Park please visit the Parks Victoria website.

2. Responsible Dog Owners 

Leash-Free areas play an important part in reducing dog nuisance problems for our community:

• Socialised dogs are less likely to be aggressive

• Dogs that get regular exercise and positive stimulation are less likely to be bored and cause a nuisance by barking

Leash-Free activities may be restricted to specific areas and/or times in some reserves (refer to Leash-Free brochure for more details). Please read the signs carefully on entering the reserve or park.

We encourage you to provide community feedback about Leash-Free dog exercise areas. Please contact us on 1300 850 600 or by email custserv@mornpen.vic.gov.au

The Leash-Free beach at Tassels Cove, Mount Martha has re-opened after undergoing cliff stabilisation works. 

3. Dog Prohibited Areas 

Dogs must always be under the effective control of a chain, cord or leash whilst in a public place except in a designated LEASH-FREE area. However, dogs are not permitted in DOG PROHIBITED areas, whether on a leash or not.  

4. Non Leash-Free Areas 

The Shire does not manage all the beaches around the peninsula coastline. Beaches that are managed by the State Government through Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria are NOT Leash-Free areas and include:

  • Dromana
  • Blairgowrie
  • Portsea Surf Beaches     
  • St Andrews Beach
  • Fingal Beach
  • Ocean Beach, Flinders     
  • Stony Point
  • Shoreham
  • Tootgarook     
  • Point Leo
  • Gunnamatta Surf Beach
  • Balnarring     
  • Sorrento Back Beaches
  • Cape Schanck
  • Crib Point     
  • Point Nepean
  • Merricks
  • Somers     
  • Rye Ocean Beaches           

5. Please clean up after your dog

Responsible dog owners must always ensure they have a plastic bag to clean up after their dogs. Failure to clean up after your dog may result in an ‘on-the-spot’ fine of more than $100.

For helpful information for dog owners, including legal requirements, healthcare, desexing, managing barking problems and dog training visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets