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A Dog owners guide to East Gippsland

Things to do in East Gippsland with Dogs >> 2 dogs sitting on a concreate pillar looking over the inlet on the Entrance Walk - Lakes Entrance

I have family who live in East Gippsland and I am always so surprised that they don’t even know that half of these places exist!

Every time we visit here, I find it is more dog friendly than other parts of Gippsland! So if you’re looking for somewhere to go with your fur children it is definitely somewhere to consider in regional Victoria!

Things to do in East Gippsland with dogs

Off-leash areas:

East Gippsland shire regulations here.
Visit Gippslands lists here.
Brackenbush Unleashed Dog Park – Privately owned for community use

** East Gippsland is a known tick area, so please make sure you treat your pups before you visit and check their coat regularly. See local vet tips here (Snowy River Vet Clinic)


If you’re after places to go while in the Lakes Entrance / East Gippsland area, here are a few things you can do:

  • The Entrance Walk
  • Footbridge Mini Golf
  • Raymond Island Walk


East Gippsland due to its size and land along the coastline has many beautiful beaches and some of them allow dogs (you can find a list here) others will allow them year-round but on a lead.

  • North Arm – Although not technically a swimming spot, it was recommended to us by a few locals as a spot to take the dogs to cool off and over the days we were here a lot of locals came to let their dogs go for a swim. (Keep in mind there are boats around)
  • Barrier Landing
  • Ocean Grange


We found that most cafes that had outdoor seating would allow dogs and often had a water bowl already outside in case your pooches wanted a drink, here are a few of our favourite dog-friendly places to eat:

Dog-Friendly Places to Stay:

If you’re visiting and would like somewhere to stay with your fur babies, I cannot recommend Prime Pet-Friendly Tourist Park enough! It is super close to town in Lakes Entrance (which does make it smaller) however there is still plenty of room for Caravans, buses, rooftops and cabins as well. They have a swimming pool and a play area for dogs. A great option for dog friendly camping gippsland

There are heaps of private holiday rentals in the area on Stayz or Dogs on holidays that we did consider however for us over the New Year’s period Prime ticked all our boxes and was good value for money! (Keep in mind Prime is Kid-Free so not suitable for families, there is a council-run park just down the road that allows dogs & families – Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve and Camping Ground)

Looking for Gippsland info? See this blog here.

This is our personal guide only, we just love to share our favourite things!


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