If there's one thing this walk is definitely not lacking, it's views! This approximate 2-hour walk is perfect for a relaxing stroll or a fast-paced walk for both yourself and your furry companion. Ending next to a secluded leash free dog beach that attaches to the lovely Martha Cove boardwalk. Even if you’re not a dog lover, this walk is a must!
This easy-going walk showcases the calm, holiday living atmosphere Safety Beach is known for and follows the Bay Trail which is accompanied by gorgeous beach views in both directions (Dromana pier to your left, Safety Beach pier to your right as well as views of the city skyline in front of you).
Along this walk you will come across many people – biking, jogging, walking and of course, lots of dogs! Feel free to take either the path or walk along the beach (take note of dog restrictions mentioned in the notes section below). This beach is popular with both locals and holiday makers throughout the year, although it is considerably less busy compared with the more touristy towns of Rosebud and Rye, so it’s generally a better choice during summer.
Make sure to stroll to the end of Safety Beaches’ quaint little pier to take advantage of the gorgeous views. This walk has two small, but well maintained playgrounds with lovely beach views and accompanying toilets and drinking fountains. Opposite the second playground (POI no.6) is the Provincia café - worth a visit to enjoy one of the best coffees on the Peninsula as well as a delicious vanilla slice (they also have a large selection of ice-cream and gelato).
Martha Cove is a manmade marina surrounded by luxurious houses and apartments. If, like me, you are not a millionaire this is your chance to see how the other half lives by strolling down the boardwalk. You can only walk on one side of Martha Cove as the other side is used for residences’ private berths.
Don’t forget to stop by the beautiful stretch of leash free dog beach, which is mostly closed in, making it safer for your dogs. Cornered by cliffs, this area is very popular all year round, especially during the summer months where families spend whole days paddling in the water with their pooches. Have fun watching your dog splashing in the little waves and enjoy chatting to friendly locals.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a point on this walk where you are not overcome with beach views, so go on and enjoy!
This walk can be as short/long as you please, with car parking every 500m either side of the identified starting point
Drinking fountains are available on this walk, however, it is a good idea to bring a water doggy water bowl
Daylight saving restrictions state that dogs are not permitted on the beach between 9am-7pm however, feel free to take the alternative foreshore path. Outside of these hours dogs are allowed on-lead on the beach
When it is not daylight savings, dogs are allowed on-lead on the beach at all times
The dog beach is always off-leash all year round
Enjoy the calming beach scenery as you stroll along this dog friendly trail
Stop off for a rest at this playground with a view!
If the crystal clear water and views as far as Mt. Martha don't tempt you - then maybe this photo of my dog will!
Along this trail there are 11 poetry pillars with short 'jingles' about the local area for you to enjoy (this one is number 4).
Take in the lovely views of this quaint little pier - you might even enjoy strolling out onto it where, if you look to your left, you will be able to spot the Dromana Pier.
Another playground with another gorgeous view! Opposite this playground if a cafe called Provincia, who serve up the best coffee on the Peninsula (and lots of yummy ice-cream too!)
Stop by the Provincia Cafe where you can sit and gaze out at the water whilst you enjoy a treat! (Just like my dogs did!)
This area has some of the most sought after houses on the Peninsula and it is easy to see why! (I definitely wouldn't be complaining!)
A beautifully clean dog beach - who would have thought?! This is a gorgeous place for your dog to have a dip!
Let your dogs off their leads and enjoy this beautiful stretch of leash free beach where they can splash in the ocean and meet some new friends (just as my dog did!)