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Mathias Track: Dog Friendly Walk in the Dandenong Ranges

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by Wicked Walkabout (subscribe)
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.

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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.

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Lovely views across the Yarra Valley from Mathias Track.

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Mathias Track, dog friendly walks in the Dandenongs


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.

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Tall eucalypts and old tree ferns line Mathias Track..


More dog friendly walks can be found here- Explore The Dandenongs

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Lyrebirds are often seen on the Mathias Track walk.


Next time you are heading for the hills, take your dog and perhaps the kids bikes too!
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Why? Fresh air, exercise and to walk the dog.
When: Anytime
Where: Mathias Track, Mt Dandenong
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Sounds like a lovely walk even wothout a dog. Spectacular views.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 1288 days ago
au contraire, perhaps the lyrebirds are "not there" simply because the dogs - off leash - are there...
by corni (score: 0|7) 1285 days ago
Dos off lead, and lyrebirds ? ,is that a good mix ?
by corni (score: 0|7) 1286 days ago
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.
by Kalor (score: 0|3) 1255 days ago
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.
by lozzj (score: 0|9) 1241 days ago
I do not know if it is a good idea to encourage dog walking along a track with lyrebirds unless you also comment about leashes or training - some dogs attack other animals!
by louba (score: 0|6) 1285 days ago
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