Leddicott Cottage welcomes your four legged friend with open arms and complimentary dog treats! A plentiful supply of blankets will mean your dog can snuggle up with you in the comfort of the cottage. You can explore the region with your dog, taking in the attractions that are dog friendly. Just see our Dog Friendly section for our suggestions. If you choose to go it alone, Leddicott also features a large secure luxury grassed and landscaped enclosure with under covered area, where you can confidently leave your dog without a concern.
Where can you take your dog off the lead?
The Dandenong Ranges National Parks do not allow dogs and those areas that do, require that your dog be on it's lead. The following areas are approved for your dogs to have a good run!
Dog Friendly Walking Tracks
Dandenong Ranges National Parks do not allow dogs, however there are some walking trails that you are welcome to take your dog on. Our favourite is Mathias Track (still known as Mathias Rd). It starts at Falls Rd, Olinda and cuts behind the golf course to end on Silvan Rd. It is an easy 7km round trip, with undulating sections suitable for all fitness levels and gorgeous views of the Yarra Valley. Dogs are required to be on lead at all times and parking is available at Falls Rd or Silvan Rd.
Pooches & Pinot
Dog friendly winery tours with pick up and drop of at Leddicott
P&P take you AND your pooch on a fabulous private winery tour. They pick you up from Ledicott, and know all the best dog-friendly cellar doors to take you to and you’ll get to spend the day with your dog who will be beautifully looked after throughout your tour. Leave it all to them, they make all the bookings, do all the planning and take care of the lot – so on the day you can sit back, relax and enjoy your tour with your dog(s)!
SkyHigh Mt Dandenong
26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong. Open Daily from 9am (8am weekends).
Dogs are welcome at SkyHigh but must be kept on a lead at all times. Your dog is welcome to sit with you in the observation area and outside bisto which are both accessible from outside. There are paths and gardens to walk your four legged friend.
Cloudehill Gardens & Seasons Restaurant
89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda. Open Daily 9am - 5pm.
Your dog is welcome to explore beautiful Cloudehill Gardens with you but must be kept on a lead. The gardens are incredible anytime of the year with changing colours through the seasons. The adjoining Seasons Restaurant has an outdoor area and is the perfect place to stop for coffee and cake or lunch.
Alfred Nicholas Gardens
Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke. Open Daily 10am - 5pm. Free Entry.
Dogs are welcome on a lead on the many paths through this large acerage of garden known for its extensive water features and ornamental lake with boathouse. Taking you beneath a canopy of the awesome mountain ash trees, the garden was part of the historic Burnham Beeches Estate, home of Alfred Nicholas, developer of the Aspro formula.
RJ Hamer & Mt Dandenong Arboretums
RJ Hamer Arboretum, Chalet Rd, Olinda & Mt Dandenong Arboretum, Ridge Rd, Mt Dandenong
Dogs are welcome on a lead at both. Mt Dandenong Arboretum has a large collection on southern hemisphere conifers and deciduous trees making it quite spectacular in autumn. RJ Hamer Aboretum has many walking tracks to take in the tranquil beauty and stunning scenery across the Yarra Valley out to the Warburton Ranges and beyond.
Mt Morton Road, Belgrave South. Park opens at 7.30am daily. Closing times vary seasonally, please check signs at park entrance for closing time.
The reserve is home to many native animals and birds, including platypus. It's a great spot for a picnic or bush walk, with it's walking tracks, BBQ's and 28ha retarding basin. It's a great place to take your dog for a walk on a lead.
Silvan Reservoir Park
Stonyford Rd, Silvan | Open Daily 9am to 4.30pm
Set in the foothills of the Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park has landscaped picnic areas and open lawns surrounded by an impressive eucalypt forest, perfect for a picnic or barbecue. The dam carpark gives access to the observation area over the Silvan Reservoir. Dogs must be kept on a lead and are not permitted on the walking tracks.
Dog Friendly Wineries & Tours
If you want to explore some of the regions wine, you don't need to leave your dog behind or in the car. There are several wineries that welcome your dog on a lead. They have outdoor dining areas so you can stop for lunch. You can even organise a winery tour that allows you to take your dog along and experience some doggy pampering on the way.