Getting out into nature for an adventure is great for your dog and you.
This is part 2 of our blog post series on our favourite off leash walking spots in Melbourne. It's tough to find spots in the city these days were we can let our dogs just be dogs, and explore freely. Nothing bonds you and your dog better than giving them freedom and building the trust you have with each other off leash.
The drive will take you round a 45 minutes from the CBD up to the picturesque Dandenong ranges. Follow the main road up the hill and take the Falls Road turn off. Continue around until you see a sign for The National Rhododendron Gardens, the track begins there. You'll be able to park just off Falls Road.
Be sure to wear layers during the cooler months as the temperature in the ranges is considerably colder. Sensible footwear is also a must as the track can get quite muddy and slippery at points.
The track is an easy walk around 3.5 kilometres in each direction and is shared by mountain bikers and horses. If your lucky you'll also catch sight of a Lyrebird. We also did a little foraging, if you know a thing or two about mushrooms be sure to bring along a bag to collect.
Mathias Track passes below the National Rhododendron Gardens and Hamer Arboretum. Numerous trails lead off in all directions. We found ourselves on an unused golf course which runs alongside the track.
The course is fairly steep, however there is plenty of wide open space to explore. Willie had a great time running around like a lunatic. The Autumn trees were spectacular with stunning views from the top of the course. There were also plenty of other dogs to meet along the way.
This was the perfect spot for us to test our our new bandana range and get some great photos!
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We meet this gentleman along the way and he was pretty sure Willie was his spirit animal. 'Twinning in flannel'
This little guy was pretty tired by the end.... Success!
Hope to catch you guys there next time. We are always trying to sniff out new adventures for Willie so feel free to share your favourite walks with us in the comments below. ;)