Here are 5 day trips to enjoy in the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges with your dog:
1. A good day starts with a coffee and a cafe breakfast, our suggestion? Drop into My Little Kitchen Healesville. Latte with one and a puppuccino, please! Afterwards explore the magic of Healesville followed by a trip to Maroondah Reservoir Park where you can take your dog for a walk on a lead through the open parkland. However, there are no dogs allowed on the forest walking tracks to the north of the Watts River, or on the Dam Wall itself.
2. Have you even visited the Yarra Valley if you didn't drop by a cellar door or two? Pooches & Pinot offer a private wine tour service for you and your goodest dog. They'll create a bespoke itinerary just for you, make all the bookings, do all the planning and even pick you up from your front door – so on the day you can sit back, relax and enjoy your tour with your dog(s) sipping your way around the Yarra Valley with your pooch, tasting wine, gin, beer and cider. You'll get to see the place like a local and enjoy a beautiful walk where your dog can run off lead too.
3. Tired of the same dog park? Let your pooch off the leash and try one of the many off-leash parks in the Yarra Valley. New trees to pee on and new smells to sniff will keep tails wagging for a while.
OFF-LEASH DOG PARKS IN THE YARRA VALLEY INCLUDE:
4. Explore Emerald Lake Park, it is dog friendly and a must-visit in the Dandenong Ranges. Dogs must be on a leash, but there are plenty of walks to choose from. Try the Lake Nobelius Loop Track (easy), which takes about 15 minutes, or the Emerald-Cockatoo Multi-use trail (easy to moderate), which takes about 20 minutes to walk. Afterwards, head across the road to Incy Wincy. Incy Wincy is known for its super friendly service, fantastic dietary friendly food, and drinks. Pull up a stool at one of their outdoor tables and find out why the locals love it.
5. Do a DIY tour of the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges thanks to our list of dog-friendly things to see and do. Extend your visit and stay in wonderful dog-friendly accommodation such as Bed and Bark or Wiggley Bottom Farm.