Your Dog Friendly Guide to Port Fairy & Surrounds

Your Dog Friendly Guide to Port Fairy & Surrounds

Travelling the Port Fairy and Surrounds a great experience to share with your furry friend! This guide highlights some of the best places to enjoy and sights to see in the region with your dog responsibly.

Russell Clark Reserve

If pups are active ones, Russell Clark Reserve is the perfect place to get huffing and puffing! With open grass and wetlands, stroll the wide paths and explore the surrounding wildlife. Close to South Beach, Russell Clark Reserve is a great place to roam free with your dog.

You can take your dog leash free, all year round.

George Dodd’s Reserve

Neighbouring Russell Clarke Reserve, George Dodds is also ideal if you are a walker/jogger and you like your dog to benefit from your work out too. Or just enjoy the simple nature, and learn about the history behind the park’s name.

George Dodds is leash free, though it’s important to be cautious of the wildlife that surround the wetlands.


The Mahogany Beach Walk

Like most of Port Fairy’s coastline, the Mahogany walk from East Beach in Port Fairy to Warrnambool is mind-blowingly beautiful. And this one is perfect for a shaggy surfer dog. Why? Because this section of East Beach is also one of the best surfing locations around Port Fairy. And with all the dog owners that love this beach, you might make a friend too!

The coastline is mainly off lead. However, Killarney has seasonal prohibiting between December and Easter. Find more information in the ‘Responsible Dog Ownership’ brochure found below.

To begin your Mahogany Beach Walk adventure, head up Connolly St, walk down the stairs to the beach and turn left. From here you and your best friend can walk all the way to Warrnambool.


Little East Beach

Known as Port Fairy’s safest dog-friendly beach with white sand and little to no surf, Little East Beach is great for swimming and water wading for the whole family. Parking is easy, crowds manageable, with shallow waters, soft sand, and almost no surf, this is a pooch paradise.

Little East Beach is dog friendly off leash, year round.

The beach is at the end of Griffiths St, adjacent to Battery Hill. If you walk down the boat ramp to access the beach, and turn right you will have all the beach to the south.

Battery Hill

Take your dog out to see Port Fairy’s history with some serene views at Battery Hill and Battery Point. Located between Little East Beach and Moyne River, check out the cannons established in 1885, and the bush hidden gun powder magazine. The beautiful coastal lookout slopes to the perfect picnic spot – with barbeque facilities and plenty of grassland to place a blanket, overlooking the river.

Battery Hill is an on leash area, and is found at the end of Griffiths Street.


Dog bags are available and located around the town. Download the Responsible Dog Ownership brochure for information on other areas you can take your four legged friend, or visit the Port Fairy & Region Visitor Information Centre with your furry friend for any other inquiries.

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