Walk with Baxta: Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk Circuit in Melbourne

Walk with Baxta: Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk Circuit in Melbourne

Distance:        6.1km
Time:               1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty:        Easy – Boardwalk
Leash:             On Leash (Three off leash areas)
Transport:      Car park + Public transport nearby
Facilities:        BBQ, Drinking Fountains, Public Toilets, Cafés

Ready to walk off the festivities, with your pooch? There might be no better option than the stunning Mornington Peninsula walks. We’d go so far as to say it’s one of the best dog friendly walks in Melbourne!

The first Melbourne dog walk we’re focusing is the Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk Circuit. And what a way to start! It has everything you could want on a dog walk. We’re talking board walks, bridges, and sandy beaches.

Want to know the best bit? There are three off-leash areas on this walk. Your dog is going to love it more than an unexpected treat.

Ok, so getting started, you follow the wooden boardwalk around the Balcombe creek (feel free to admire the gorgeous greenery around the creek). There’s some serious history here too, which you can read as you walk – although maybe don’t try and do both things at the same time. You may fall over.

History wise, this has a lot going on – e.g – in the 1940s the US and Australian Soldiers used this area and called it Balcombe Army Camp. If you want to find out more, you can actually listen to the Yellow Robin Audio Trail – available the whole way along the boardwalk. There are two guides: the first speaks of the locations natural, historical and cultural significance for grownups and the character guided educational walk designed specifically to keep kids (ages 5 – 15) entertained.

The two bridges connecting the south and north bank creates a circuit track, perfect for dog owners. The circuit is only 3.5km and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. If you choose to continue your walk into the Briars Park tracks and stop by Mount Martha, there are several boutique shops and cafés to explore. Despite being located close to houses and shops, it’s a peaceful walk with lots of wildlife and nature.

Want to hear a great fact? The traditional owners, the Boonerwrung, call the Balcombe Creek area Tji’tjin’garook or the ‘voice of frogs’! If you listen carefully, you’ll know why you can you hear the voices of the diverse and noisy frog population.

Wave and talk to the friendly locals, whether they’re fishing, jogging or taking their dog on a walk. They’re always willing to say hello. As you make your way around, you’ll see there are several lookouts along the way with beautiful views giving you the perfect excuse to have a rest. If you’ve got kids with you, then head to the Balcombe Estuary Reserve Playground where there are BBQ’s, slides and more to keep everyone entertained.

Mt Martha Beach, Photo by Adrian Agylar

Last stop before heading back home is maybe the best one. Head along to the dog-friendly Mount Martha Beach. Dogs are only allowed off leash before 9am and after 7pm, so it’s best for morning and evening walks.

A breakdown of the walk:

Look out for more Melbourne dog walks coming soon!
Looking for more local dog walk ideas? See some of our blogs here.

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