A dog-friendly weekend adventure on the Mornington Peninsula

your pet request

Hi, am looking for a dog-friendly weekend adventure with my 6-year-old Golden Retriever on the Mornington Peninsula. Wanting you to locate for me a walking trail, a beach to swim in, pet-friendly accommodation, and restaurant options for lunch and dinner.

Please also tell me some great sights to visit.

Thank you

your Pets
Pet NamePet BreedPet AgetemperamentSpecial Requirements
BearGolden Retriever6friendlyA walking trail and beach to swim in.

Your dog-friendly weekend adventure;

Here’s a 2-day agenda for a dog-friendly weekend adventure on the Mornington Peninsula:

Day 1

  • Morning: Visit Somers Beach, a dog-friendly beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Let your dog chase seagulls and splash about as the waves roll in along this sandy strip in Blairgowrie. Finish the morning off with a delicious coffee and treat for your pup at Miss Drews Bakery and a dog-friendly cafe.
  • Afternoon: Take a walk on the Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk Circuit, a dog-friendly trail that offers stunning waterside scenery. The trail is a 3.5 km loop that takes about 1 hour to complete.
  • Late Afternoon: Check-in at the Cabin Fingal, a 1-bedroom house in Fingal.
  • Evening: Have dinner at one of the pet-friendly restaurants in the area. Some recommended options include the South Beach Project and The Dava Hotel in Mount Martha.

Day 2

  • Morning: Visit the Red Hill Rail Trail, a dog-friendly trail that offers scenic countryside views. The trail is a 6 km one-way trip that takes about 1.5 hours to complete.
  • Late morning: Taste an ale and enjoy a plowman’s platter at The Pig & Whistle Tavern
  • Afternoon: Take a short walk on one of the many dog-friendly trails in the area.

Some other popular walking trails to choose from are;

Note that if you’re wanting to stay on the Mornington Peninsula with your dog, there are limited pet-friendly options available, so it pays to organise and book well in advance. Booking.com is fantastic to locate pet-friendly accommodations, click here to search for the perfect one! 

Recommended Activities and Services

To enhance your pet adventure, here are some further recommended pet-friendly experiences and accommodations nearby.

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Helpful Resources

We understand that when you travel with pets it can be hard. Here is a list of my go-to recommendations to make your journey a breeze! You can also refer to our resource page for our full list including free tools.

Pet and House Sitting

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PetCloud Pet Sitters: Finding someone to care for your furry friend can be a challenge. Pet Cloud offers a range of pet-sitting services to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible in your absence. Use code MAKEPAWMEMORIES and get $10.00 off your 1st booking. Discover more here

Best pet-friendly Accommodation and restaurants

Booking.com: Every hotel you’ve ever thought of is on booking.com. Easy filtering option for “pet-friendly” to help find hidden gems! I use Booking.com when I know where I want to stay and need the cheapest price with Murray and Murphy.

Tripadvisor.com.au: Find restaurants, attractions, and other things to do. They even have a dog-friendly filter so I can easily locate somewhere to eat when I explore new places with my two goldies. 

Dog Walking

PetCloud Dog Walking: A hassle-free way to book a dog walker as they offer flexible scheduling options.  Book a walk at a time that works for you and your pet. Simply use the code MAKEPAWMEMORIES to get $10.00 off your first booking. Find out more by clicking here

PetsonMe Dog Walking Services: The perfect solution for busy dog owners needing reliable, local dog walking services. Click to learn more.

Pet-friendly Rental Cars

PetCloud’s Pet Taxi Service: Operates Australia-wide and can transport your Pets to and from Vets, Grooming Appointments, to a Pet Sitter’s house and back. No need to accompany them! Click to learn more.

Europcar: Offers both car and van rentals across various locations, including scenic Cairns. They pride themselves on being a pet-friendly service. Discover more here

Jucy Car Rentals: Perfect for pet adventures as all vehicles are equipped with the latest technology, including GPS navigation and Bluetooth connectivity. A range of extra features are available, such as child seats and bike racks. Ensure you mention you a bringing a pet prior to booking. Learn more here

Pet Insurance

When travelling with pets, having pet insurance is a crucial step in ensuring your pet’s health to prepare for the unexpected. Explore Australia’s top Pet Insurance companies in Australia to ensure top care for your beloved pets and choose the perfect fit. Read our guide here

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