holidaying in Melbourne

Well,  the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, Victoria  sure was crowded with people holidaying when we stayed  there on our roadtrip.   Karen,  my sister at Safety Beach   put us up, and as that stay coincided with  a hot spell, that meant  both limited documentary photography in Melbourne    and  walking very early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

The foreshore  along the eastern  coast of Port Phillip Bay from Dromana to Sorrento was jam packed with   caravans,  tents, boats and people.   The Nepean Highway from  Rye to Portsea was crammed  with cars,  due  to people travelling down from Melbourne to Sorrento or Portsea  for a day’s outing. The Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne’s playground.

Martha Point, Mornington Peninsula

We found  very few places where  we could walk the poodles off lead along the coast.   There was  a small  off-lead, dog friendly   beach at Tassells  Cove and a small walking track around Martha Point that went down to  Pebble Beach. 

The density of the people  along the Mornington Peninsula made us realise just how  fortunate we are to be  living at Encounter Bay on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  We are  on the edge of  the Southern Ocean,   have  easy access to a variety of off-lead walking areas for the standard poodles, and the Xmas holiday crowds are easy to deal with.

Pebble Beach, Martha Point

We realised that the  Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is very sparsely populated compared to the Mornington Peninsula. We would have found living at Safety Beach, or any of the other beachside suburbs along the southern part of the Mornington Peninsula,  very restrictive in terms of dog walking.

Tassells Beach, Mornington Peninsula

The leash-free beach at Tassells Cove, for instance,  was very small,  and though it was empty around 6am, it  was densely packed  in the late afternoon with people and dogs. A poodlewalk  at that time  consisted of slowly strolling  up and down the beach whilst the dogs played with each other or chased balls into the sea.