Past the main beach pier, located on the cusp of Hobson’s Bay – a secluded piece of land has been dormant for a couple of years. Its existence has become widely recognized, and has consequently gained it's title as ‘’Altona Dog Beach’’.
Ideal for dogs that are experiencing large masses of water for the first time, or for those who are a bit scared of it. My Kelpie pup had been introduced to the water when he was 5 months however, to no avail. He hated it. A mere 4 weeks later, I had heard about this location – it’s plushy sand, low tides, and serene landscape discrete from the hustle and bustle of main roads appealed to me.
Woody entered the water for the first time (with no guidance, absolutely on his own will) and kid you not I didn’t leave until 3 hours later. There were many other dogs there too – providing the perfect outlet for them to socialize. Also, about a 10-15 minute walk along the shoreline will take you to the main beach where there are many eateries and beach shops.
It’s best to get to the beach by car, obviously hoarding your pooch around on public transport isn’t the most convenient option. Simply pop ‘’Altona Dog Beach’’ into your GPS (Google Maps is fine for those with a smartphone).
Not only is the stretch of water an adventure for your dog – owners can also cut through the soft ripples to see silverfish, crabs and many other little gems of the ocean.