Travel blogger, living in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. My Weekend Notes articles are mainly focused on hiking in the Dandenongs.
Author on https://explorethedandenongs.com.au and the Australian family travel blog - https://wickedwalkabout.com
Published January 3rd 2016
Best, dog friendly walks in the Dandenong Ranges
When we visit the Dandenongs, it is often for a walk and to partake of some afternoon tea. The family dog is generally left at home, mainly because of the National Park status of the Dandenongs.
There is, however, a wonderful, dog friendly walk that anyone can do. Suitable for families, dogs, the kids can even ride their bikes along it. Ponies are also allowed, something we do on a regular basis.
Mathias Track, Dandenong Ranges. A Dog friendly, family walk.
Mathias track is about 4 kms each way, parking is available on Falls Road or Silvan Road. It runs below the National Rhododendron Gardens and the old Olinda Golf course. The golf course is used by many locals to walk their dogs off lead. Accessed from the Olinda/Monbulk road. The golf course is no longer used, so dogs are allowed there.
The track is easy to follow. Lyrebirds are often seen and kangaroos. A few areas open up to provide super views across the valley, tall trees and ferns line the trail and the forest scent is divine. The track is an easy walk, no steep hills, ideal for baby prams too.
Lovely views across the Yarra Valley from Mathias Track.
Finding a cafe that will allow your dog to be on the grounds is easy enough, go to Brunch Cafe on the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road. It is a great place for meals and afternoon teas, delicious food and wonderful service.
Tall eucalypts and old tree ferns line Mathias Track..
Mathias Track IS NOT an off lead dog walking area. Wicked Walkabout needs to take responsibility for alerting dog walkers to the fact that walking dogs off lead is an offence that carries a fine, before advertising the activity. People, dogs and wild life have been attacked by off lead dogs.
Went on this walk yesterday. Thanks for the article. Track a little more 'open' than my preference, I like a canopy of trees. But a great walk nonetheless. And without a lot of traffic, even for a sunny Sunday.