In all public places in Bass Coast (other than those in private ownership) dogs must be on a lead at all times, unless in a designated off-leash area. There are regular patrols to make sure that dogs are registered and on a leash. Also, please do the right thing and pick up after your dog.
Off Leash Area Conditions
A dog may be exercised off a chain, cord or leash in any of the following off leash areas if the owner of the dog:
carries a chain, cord or leash
has at all times effective voice control of the dog and is able to place the dog under effective control by means of a chain, cord or leash immediately if necessary
does not allow the dog to attack a person or animal or rush at a person; and
always keeps the dog in sight
However, if a dog is within twenty metres of an arena or ground of an organised sporting or practice event, a children's play equipment area or a permanent barbeque or picnic area the owner must place the dog on a chain, cord or leash.
Wonthaggi off leash area
Strickland Street Reserve
Designated Off Leash Areas
Beach area east of Grandview Grove through to Cuttriss Street
Reserve at the end of Endeavour Place, between Mariner Place, Regatta Place and Artisan Way
Reserve at the end of Inlet Court, Queenscliff Drive, Headland Way and Somerset Place
Beach area from Wave Street to Ozone Street from 1 December until 28 February and during the Victorian Easter school holidays each year between the hours of 6.00pm and 9.00am. At all other times during this period dogs are permitted on-leash in this area. Outside of these dates dogs are permitted off-leash at all time
Dogs on-leash are allowed on the following beaches, but are prohibited between 9.00am and 6.00pm from 1 December to 28 February and the Easter School Holidays:
from the beach entrance at Wave Street to Wreck Creek
from the beach entrance at Cuttriss Street to the beach entrance at Anderson Inlet (Caravan Park) opposite the Broadbeach Reserve
from the end of Venus Street to the Esplanade car park opposite Bay Street.
To address environmental concerns, no dogs are permitted at any time from Screw Creek to the beach entrance opposite the Broadbeach Access Track.
Designated Off Leash Areas
Beach between Graydens Road and Ventnor Beach Rd, Ventnor (restrictions apply)
Dogs are permitted off leash between 7.00am and 10.00am and 5.00pm and 8.00pm from 1 December to 30 April each year. Between 1 May and 30 November each year dogs are permitted off leash at all times
Blue Gum Reserve, Dunsmore Road, Cowes
Dogs are not permitted on the following beaches from 1 December to 30 April each year (inclusive) between 8.00pm to 7.00am and 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Cape Woolamai Safety Beach (southern end of The Esplanade to Cleeland Road)
All northern beaches from Ventnor to the eastern most part of Silverleaves with the exception of Cowes Main Beach (Mussel Rocks to Erehwon Point) where dogs are prohibited at all times.
Rhyll Beach (McIllwraith Road to Hastings Street)
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks manages 1805 hectares of flora and fauna reserves including about 60 percent of beaches on Phillip Island. In most of the reserves and beaches there are ‘no dogs anytime’ for the protection of native wildlife and for the amenity of visitors. There are, however some beaches where dogs are permitted ‘on leash’ ie Devon Ave Ventnor, YCW and Smiths Beach, Surf Beach and the Colonnades, with summer restrictions in line with the Council managed beaches.
Phillip Island Nature Parks 'Where can I walk my dog' brochure (PDF 585kb)
Cape Paterson Dog Restrictions
Dogs are not permitted on the following beach from 1 December to 30 April each year (inclusive) between 8.00pm to 7.00am and 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Cape Paterson beach from Cape Paterson Caravan Park to and including Cape Paterson Life Saving Club beach
Coronet Bay Designated Off Leash Area
Coronet Bay beach 80 metres south of Norsemens Road entrance towards Coronet Bay township, ending in line with the end of Kowloon Crescent
Corinella Designated Off Leash Area
Corinella beach 90 metres south of the Beach Street access, south east to O’Connor Road ending before the access to the beach
Tenby Point Designated Off Leash Area
Tenby Point beach 55 metres east of the bottom of the access track to the Council land boundary ending in line with the eastern end of Marine Parade
Grantville Designated Off Leash Area
Grantville beach 30 metres south of the Swan Street beach access south towards the boat ramp and ending at the Grantville Hall beach access track
All other Beaches
On all other beaches under the management of Council (includes parts of Cape Paterson, Kilcunda, Coronet Bay, Tenby Point and Grantville) dogs are permitted at all times but must be on a lead.
Please refer to signage at beach entry points.
Glen Forbes Off Leash Area
Glen Forbes Recreation Reserve