Pet Friendly Things To Do in Timboon and Port Campbell When Travelling The Great Ocean Road With Dogs
The Great Ocean Road stretches for over 234kms from one end to the other and the region is bigger than that again, including many nearby inland towns. If you are visiting the Great Ocean Road with your dog, we have collated walks, activities, things to do and places to stay which are pet friendly around Port Campbell, Timboon, Princetown and Peterborough.
DOG FRIENDLY WALKS & ACTIVITIES
Dogs are permitted off leash at:
Dogs are permitted on lead only at the following places:
If spending the day or more in Warrnambool, find out more about designated dog friendly areas.
CAMPERDOWN TO TIMBOON RAIL TRAIL
The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail runs from Timboon to Naroghid and takes you over the historic Timboon Trestle bridge, past relics of old railway trestle bridges, through bush and past dairy farms. It’s a beautiful, scenic and quiet trail. You are likely to see dairy cows, hear the birdlife and you may even see some wildlife. The rail trail is a mix of gravel and compacted earth. Dogs are permitted on lead.
12 APOSTLES BICYCLE TRAIL
The 12 Apostles Trail is a bicycle, walking and running path which, when fully completed, will be 20km taking you from Port Campbell town centre to Timboon town centre. The trail already connects with the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail in Timboon and takes you to the outskirts of Port Campbell town centre. There is currently no path from the 12 Apostles trail outside of Port Campbell into the shops and town centre.
HIRE A BIKE AND TAKE YOUR DOG WITH OUR PET ACCESSORIES
Ride With Us offers pet friendly bicycle and ebike hire in Timboon and Cobden. We also have a mobile bike hire service to Port Campbell. Bicycles, ebikes and accompanying pet accessories are available to hire including a pet trailer and a Dinky Dog seat. Attach the pet trailer or dog seat to a bike or ebike and away you go with your best friend! Rent a bicycle or ebike and accompanying pet accessories to explore the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail or the 12 Apostles Bicycle Trail with your dog.
Ride from Timboon to Schulz Organic Creamery & Cafe and back, or journey further along towards the coast at Port Campbell. Or you might opt to ride along the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail to the historically significant Timboon Trestle Bridge at Curdie’s River Crossing and back, or explore further along the rail trail if you’re feeling up to it.
WHERE ARE DOGS PROHIBITED?
Dogs are prohibited in all areas of Port Campbell National Park including the 12 Apostles, the Port Campbell foreshore and beach, Port Campbell suspension bridge and Port Campbell Discovery Walk. Find out more.
DINING AND EXPLORING WITH DOGS
Timboon is the easiest town to get around with dogs as there are plenty of grassed areas and easy access to walking trails from the town centre which are dog friendly. Timboon is only a 16-minute drive from Port Campbell and a 29-minute drive from Princetown. There are also a few good take away places including Timboon Take Away and The Fat Cow Food Co so you can grab something food and drinks to go, then sit and enjoy your food outside with your fur baby.
Timboon Fine Ice Cream is dog friendly with a large outdoor seating area and grass plus they make ice cream suitable for dogs in maple bacon, banana, vanilla and peanut butter flavours. Their doggie ice cream is inspired by owners Tim and Caroline's dogs Winnie and Rose. Winnie and Rose doggie ice cream is low lactose, low sugar and low fat and is churned with hemp seed oil to make those furry coats shine.
Dogs are also welcome in the gardens with outdoor seating area at Schulz Organic Creamery and Café just a few minutes drive from Timboon township.
Dogs are welcome at 12 Rocks Café in Port Campbell. We recommend calling ahead to check with Port Campbell Hotel (pub) and Sow and Piglets Brewery which both have small outdoor areas.
LOOKING FOR DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION?
Daysy Hill Country Cottages, Port Campbell – There are one and two bedroom cottages and two bedroom cabins suitable for staying with your dog. Comfortable and clean accommodation. Daysy Hill has an undercover bbq area, fire pit and picnic table with a view. Both cottages and cabins are well suited for you and your furry friend to relax. Pets are unable to stay in the suites but are welcome in the cabins and cottages. Please bring your pooch’s own bedding and bowls. There are a number of animals including chickens that wander the gardens, friendly sheep and some cattle on the property.
Seahorse Coastal Villas, Peterborough - Set off the Great Ocean Road and surrounded by countryside, this unassuming collection of villas is 1 km from Peterborough Golf Course, 5 km from The Grotto rock formation and 25 km from the Twelve Apostles scenic point. Relaxed, air-conditioned villas provide Wi-Fi access, TVs and kitchens, as well as laundry facilities. Some villas have bunk beds.
12 Apostles Motel & Country Retreat, Princetown - Set on 3 hectares of country property on the edge of Port Campbell National Park, this tranquil motel is 3 km from The Twelve Apostles rock formations and 7 km from Loch Ard Gorge. The cosy rooms feature microwaves, tea and coffeemaking facilities, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi (surcharge). Room service is available. There are also cottages with kitchenettes. Amenities include a restaurant/bar and a barn, plus a playground, BBQ facilities and gardens. Breakfast is offered for a fee.
Bayview no. 2 at Bayview Villas, Port Campbell - This beachfront 2 bedroom apartment is located just across from the beach & only a 1 minute walk to the nearest coffee shop.
Surf break at Bayview Villas, Port Campbell - Beautiful views over looking the bay of Port Campbell and just a few meters from the beach edge.
Princetown Recreation Reserve Powered and unpowered sites. Undercover BBQ Area, Picnic Tables, Childrens' Playground, Tennis Court, Toilets. The Princetown Recreation Reserve is located 6km's east of the 12 Apostles, adjacent the Gellibrand River. Dogs are allowed within the Recreation Reserve when walked on a lead and kept at owners camp but unfortunately they are not allowed on the beach as it is a National Park.
More pet friendly accommodation
Ride With Us provide offer pet friendly bike hire and transport for Timboon, Cobden, Port Campbell and surrounds.
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