Leash-free areas

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.

Leash-free areas play an important part in reducing dog nuisance problems for our community. Dogs that get regular exercise and positive stimulation are less likely to be bored and cause a nuisance by barking and socialised dogs are less likely to be aggressive.

For information on your nearest leash-free reserve, download Leash-free Beaches and Reserves Map(PDF, 1MB).

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

We encourage you to provide community feedback about Leash-Free dog exercise areas on 1300 850 600 or customerservice@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

Dog Prohibited Areas

Whenever you are exercising your dog, make sure to keep an eye out for signs indicating whether you may be in a leash-free area or a dog prohibited area.

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. It is always recommended to have your dog on lead until you reach a leash-free area where you can unclip them. Dogs are not permitted in dog prohibited areas, whether on a leash or not.

Wherever you head with your dog, please make sure you:

  • follow instructions on local signage
  • stay out of prohibited areas
  • keep your dog on leash, except in the designated leash-free areas
  • collect and dispose of droppings
  • carry a leash and keep your dog under effective control on leash-free beaches at all times
  • ensure your dog doesn’t disturb other people, animals and wildlife.


There are a number of Shire beaches that are dog friendly. However, 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.

For more information please see our Dogs on Beaches page.

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.

Update October 2023

At its meeting on 31 October 2023, Council resolved to make an order pursuant to section 26(2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Order Made Under S262 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 Proposed Resolution by Council on 31 October 2023(PDF, 199KB)