Dogs are required to be leashed at all times within the Borough of Queenscliffe unless they are being exercised at the Narrows Beach (formerly known as Dog Beach), where they may be off-lead but must be under effective voice control.
The Narrows Beach is accessed from the car park near the pedestrian lights on Bellarine Highway, opposite Roddick Grove. The off-lead area begins at the end of the boardwalk and extends east, finishing at the end of Fraser Street. Please ensure that your dog is on a lead before you enter the area and when leaving. This dog beach is available all year.
Dogs on beaches time restrictions apply during summer
Residents and visitors to Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale are reminded that summer timeshare restrictions for dogs on beaches are in force from 15 December until 1 March each year.
The Borough of Queenscliffe Council introduced new timeshare restrictions for dogs on beaches in 2016, extending the period for on-lead dog walking on all beaches to 8.00pm to 9.00am.
New bright orange time restriction signs were installed on pathways and at the entrances to all main beach access points in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale . Dog owners are advised to look out for signs placed along coastal pathways that confirm the dog restrictions in place, and to clean up after their dogs at all times. Council’s local laws officers regularly patrol local beaches.
Dogs are required to be on the lead at all times within the Borough of Queenscliffe unless they are being exercised at the Narrows Beach (formerly known as Dog Beach). Dogs may be off-lead all year at all hours at Narrows Beach but must be under effective voice control. Dogs must always be on the lead in beach car parks and on beach access tracks.
Timeshare restrictions apply at all other local beaches from 15 December to 1 March to ensure fair shared use and reduce any potential conflict between beach users, given the high numbers of visitors during the peak summer holiday period.
All dogs are prohibited from entering fenced sand dune and coastal vegetation areas or disturbing wildlife such as nesting Hooded plovers or resting seals, which frequently visit our coastline over summer.
Picking up after your dog
Dog Tidy Bag Dispensers are placed throughout the municipality and dog owners are reminded that it is your responsibility to pick up after your animal. Dog faeces poses a health risk not only for people but also for other dogs and they cause unsightly, smelly pollution. A penalty applies to anyone found not picking up after their dog.