Many of the beaches surrounding Torquay are dog friendly, and some just outside town are even off-leash, like Jan Juc and Bells Beach. A little past Bells Beach (which is where the experienced surfers hang), there’s a state park that allows on-leash hounds and has a bevvy of great beginners beaches – just look for cars with surfboards on the roof and check signs about dog restrictions.
More info: Torquay, Bells Beach and Jan Juc are along the Great Ocean Road, 1.5 hours from Melbourne CBD. For a comprehensive list of dog-friendly beach areas in Melbourne, click here.
Stay here: For pet-friendly accommodation, try Beachy Kean in Jan Juc.