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Summer rules return for dogs on beaches

News Article Date: 
Friday, 2 December 2016

The arrival of summer means new rules around beach access for dogs.

From December 1 through to March 31, dogs are not permitted on Warrnambool’s busy stretch of beach between the Flume and the Breakwater.

“The summer months and start of autumn are when more people want to use the beach and so we ask that people walk their dogs elsewhere during that period,” Warrnambool City Council Local Laws Co-ordinator Peter McArdle said.

“It’s the simplest way to avoid conflict or inconvenience.

“There are still plenty of options for dog owners wishing to talk their dogs in public spaces.”

Dogs are permitted on a leash in the following areas:

  • residential streets and in the CBD
  • Blue Hole Reserve (Hopkins River Bridge to mouth, east side
  • foreshore walking tracks, including foreshore promenade
  • Russells Creek track


A number of areas have been designated off-leash areas however a lead must be carried and dogs must be under effective voice control and remain 30m beyond playgrounds, barbecue and picnic areas, sporting events or public meetings.

Designated off-leash areas are:

  • Albert Park (excluding sporting grounds)
  • Beach area, Hopkins River (west side) to Flume
  • Merri River areas of public open space in the vicinity of Manuka Drive, Membrey Way and Ponting Drive
  • Bushfield Oval Reserve
  • Harris Street Reserve
  • Jubilee Park, Woodford
  • Logans Beach
  • Allansford Reserve
  • Davidson Oval Reserve
  • Kings Park
  • Malwarrah Reserve, Woodford
  • Russells Creek Reserve (Mortlake Road to Garden Street)
  • Schrader Park, Allansford
  • Tozer Road easement (to Wanstead Street)
  • Victoria Park
  • Payne Reserve
  • Merrivale Reserve
  • Jones Oval
  • Scoborio Reserve
  • St James Reserve
  • Brierly Reserve
  • Rotary Park
  • Dennington Reserve
  • Archibald Reserve


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