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Dog friendly accommodation - Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road

Dogs in the Great Otway National Park

Dogs are not permitted in the Great Otway National Park, with the exception of Johanna Beach (beach area and the campground), where they must be on a leash at all times. This is to protect our native flora and fauna.

Dogs are permitted in cars travelling along the Great Ocean Road or other roads, which pass through National Parks. Dogs are not permitted out of the car at the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, Maits Rest or the Cape Otway Lightstation.


Apollo Bay Township

Dogs must be on a leash and attended by their owner at all times between Nelson Street and a point opposite the Visitor Information Centre. This area includes the shopping precinct and grassed foreshore areas.

A gravel footpath leaving town alongside the Great Ocean Road, leads to Marengo Caravan Park (3.2km - 40mins one-way).
This is dog-friendly. There is also a walk through the sand dunes starting behind the Visitor Information Centre and continuing East to Wild Dog Road. This walk is also dog friendly.

Dogs are permitted all year around on the beach at Marengo between the rocks at the Apollo Bay breakwater, around Point Bunbury and south through to the carpark opposite the Heathfield Estate/Ocean Park Drive. This area is also where Apollo Bay Pony Club is located, adjoining the bridge over the Barham River estuary.

dog friendly beaches in apollo bay
Dog friendly Marengo Beach is pet friendly all year around

Apollo Bay Beaches

Dogs are prohibited on the following beaches from 24 December until 30 April between the hours of 9am and 7pm.
Outside these times dogs are permitted if on a leash and attended by their owner.

Marengo Beach - from the carpark at the campground (Marengo Holiday Park), north to the carpark opposite the
Heathfield Estate/Ocean Park Drive.
Apollo Bay Beach - From the harbour to point on beach opposite Marriners Lookout Road (harbour inclusive).
Dogs are not permitted at Marriners Lookout.
Skenes Creek - The entire beach area. Described as the sand area between the rocky outcrops at both ends of the beach.
Kennett River - The beach area between the Revegetation Fence and Surf Lifesaving Club.
Wye River - The beach area between the Foreshore Camping Ground and the toilet block.

Other Dog Friendly Walks in the Otway Ranges

Johanna Beach - All year round.
Beauchamp Falls - 1hr return. Moderate grade.
Old Beechy Rail Trail - 48km walking or cycling trail from Colac to Beech Forest.

It is advised that dogs are on leash at all times when walking off private property.


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