For a peninsula-to-peninsula beach escape, get all paws on deck and take the SeaRoad Ferry between Sorrento and Queenscliff. Or, do go chasing waterfalls: Beauchamp Falls and Stevenson Falls (Great Otway National Park; on-leash) are both pet-friendly – show your pooch some TLC.
Pints and pinot
While away an afternoon in perfect company wagging chins and tails in pet-friendly beer gardens. For pubs with great meals and Fido-friendly courtyards, venture to the Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford and the Healesville Hotel. Need to share wine time? Sign up for a dog-friendly winery tour with Gourmet Pawprints or Pooches and Pinot to explore wineries in the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Daylesford, with food, wine-tastings and pet-friendly transport all taken care of.
Camping and accommodation
While camping in national parks is generally off-limits for dogs, there are some exceptions, and plenty of campgrounds in state parks that are pitch-perfect for pets. Try some in-tents bonding at Johanna Beach and Lake Elizabeth, Great Otway National Park; Jerusalem Creek, Lake Eildon National Park; Shoreline Drive, Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park; Lake Hindmarsh Reserve, and Howqua Hills Historic Area, Mansfield.
For more creature comforts, curl up in a pet-friendly cottage, holiday house or apartment. Blue Moon Cottages in Rye makes room for all the family with a range of options, Tarra Valley's Best Friend Holiday Retreat has off-leash areas including a doggie playground, and, if you really want to treat your best friend, the Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, has pet-friendly cottages at its Mt Sturgeon Station.