Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Dog Beaches Brochure

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Leash Free all year

Tootgarook Recreational Reserve:  
Grassed area between Leonard Street and  Marshall Street (opposite Yaringa Court) - fenced

Stringer Road Reserve:                    
A grassed area to the north of the pavilion and  tennis courts, plus Roy Tapson oval when not being used for organised matches - off street   parking

Portsea Recreational  Reserve:       
(Percy Cerutty Oval)   Public oval with off street parking available, access via Back Beach Road - off street parking

Dog Prohibited Areas During Daylight Savings, All Day and Night ‘On Leash’ Dogs are Permitted at other Times of the Year.   

Portsea Beach:     Beach areas within 100 metres of Pier

Leash-Free from 7pm to 9am the Next Day During Daylight Savings and Leash-Free at All Other Times of the Year  
Dogs are Prohibited from 9am to 7pm During Daylight Savings

Rye Beach:        
Sandy beach between Daly Avenue & Shirlow Ave Sorrento Beach:   Sandy beach 100 metres east of Sorrento Sailing Club to the ‘Western Sister’

Shelley Beach, Portsea: 
Sandy beach between Franklin Road & Hempston Avenue

Leash-Free from 7pm to 12 noon the next day from 26 December to 1 March.  (Daylight Saving Time)
Dogs ON leash between 12 noon and 7pm, from 26 December to 1 March. 
(Daylight Saving Time)
Leash-Free at all other times of the year.

Camerons Bight Sorrento & Blairgowrie:  Sandy beach between Stringer Road  and Monument to the 1803 first settlers

The Shire does not manage all the beaches around the peninsula coastline.

Beaches that are managed by the State Government are NOT Leash-Free areas and include:   

Portsea Surf Beaches   
Blairgowrie Ocean Beaches   
Point Nepean  
Sorrento Back Beaches  
Rye Ocean Beaches 

Dogs are also banned from the Mornington Peninsula National Park to provide greater protection for the park’s vulnerable fauna as it is home to more than 32 fauna species of significance including the threatened Hooded Plover, migratory shorebirds, marsupials including the White-footed Dunnart and the Long-nosed Bandicoot, and reptiles such as the Blue-tongued Lizard.  

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. Any person in charge or in control of a dog, in a public place, must have in their possession sufficient bags or similar devices for the purpose of removing and hygienically disposing of any excrement deposited by their dog. Failure to have sufficient bags or similar may result in a further $100 + ‘on the spot’ fine. Protect the privilege of walking your dog in public places. Please don’t make your dog’s mess everybody’s problem!.

We strongly encourage you to become involved with the group in your area.

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