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Brighton Dog Beach (aka Sandown Street Beach)

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Published September 25th 2015
A Great Spot for Your Pooch to Play
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Brighton Dog Beach aka Sandown Street Beach, Brighton, Melbourne VIC 3186


The Brighton Dog Beach (officially known a Sandown Street Beach) is a fabulous part of the world in Bayside. Nestled between Elwood Beach and the Middle Brighton Baths, it is a fantastic spot to take your pooch out for a run amongst the surf and sand.

To get here requires a bit of navigation, so may this review begin in this area. To start, whether by car or by foot arguably the easiest route to access the Beach is via the Bay St entrance.

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Turn left as you head down the Bay St, Brighton towards the dog street beach...



In turn, while the beach is most certainly worth accessing, a good entrancepoint can be tricky to find at first. Here's what you should keep an eye out for as you walk along the path towards it.

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The gate to look for on your right...



Once you are in and have arrived you'll surely see why this beach is a great place to stop by with your dog. With a broad array of sand dunes, shrubs - and perhaps another visiting dog or two to play with- your pup may well feel like hes in doggy heaven along the foreshore.

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Some dogs on a run across the shoreline...


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..and at play among the dunes.





What's more, while true this is doubtless not the most suitable spot for a quick swim - the aforementioned Elwood or South Road Beach are surely better bets - it is undoubtedly one of the most diverse of Melbourne's beaches.

With the long expanse of Brighton's pier on your left stretching out to the marina you've chance to eye and admire some of the many boats in dock, and in turn - especially in the summer - those that take sail and stream along the glistening water. Yet, look to your right and you'll see a just-as-pretty sight; the Melbourne CBD.

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Melbourne City as seen from the Beach.


Indeed so good is this view that this spot is regularly used during New Year Eve celebrations when many come from miles around to take in the city fireworks from afar and ring in the new year. Yet, true, your dog may not be altogether interested in that - and doubtless happiest just frolicking in the sand - but its surely something to keep in mind as you find yourself not just walking along a dedicated dog beach; but taking in the resplendent sights and surrounds as you do.

With this, a final word is useful on the on/off leash policy. While some signs dot along the path to the beach, once you are leave the beach it is indeed an on leash area once again. To be sure, this is an easy mistake to make - and nobody likes getting a fine - so its just something worth keeping in mind if planning a visit for the first time.

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An example of one of the on leash signs visible around the Beach.


Factor in this point though, and the beach promises a flawless afternoon out for you and your pooch to get along to. The Brighton Dog Beach, a great spot to bring your pup and take in a fantastic stretch of Melbourne's coast.

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Why? An Excellent Dog Beach in Melbourne
When: Daylight hours 7 days a week.
Phone: none
Where: Brighton Dog Beach aka Sandown Street Beach, Brighton, Melbourne VIC 3186
Cost: Free (Parking in surrounding vicinity at cost)
Your Comment
A good article Ed. I'm sure many dog owners will be thankful for this lovely place to walk the dog. Great views of the city skyline.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5994) 877 days ago
Can anyone tell me how secure this beach is? Are there any parts of this beach area that have gaps in fences or points where an 'escape artist' dog could escape?

Cheers!
by funky (score: 0|4) 442 days ago
This beach is fantastic for dog owners. I travel over 50 minutes but it's well worth it. My two dog's love it and the people are happy to stop for a chat. And the dog part is fenced so it is really safe for your dog. Happy dog happy mum.
by angx1 (score: 0|6) 431 days ago
It is disgusting .no water taps or showering facilities to hose sand and salt off dogs.no poo bags in area.bindis and burrs in parkland and water was like black sludge.1st and last time there.shame , shame , Bayside councIL !!!!!
by dippy (score: 0|2) 60 days ago
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