Originally written for the Bayside Dog Owner’s Group blog. Hiking with your dog is a great way to get both of you active in the outdoors, but it can be a little daunting if you’ve never hiked before. Here are some handy tips to prepare yourself and your dog for your first hike. Planning Your Trip Find A Trail A major issue with most people wanting to hike with their dogs is the fact that no dogs are allowed in National Parks. We are limited to State Forests and local parks. Thankfully, the Parks Victoria website has a search feature that allows you to findRead More →

Mathias Track starts at Falls Road, Olinda and cuts behind the golf course to end on Silvan Road. An easy walk with undulating sections suitable for all fitness levels, it offers gorgeous views of the Yarra Valley. It is 3.5km in length each way making it a 7km round trip. Dogs are required to be on lead at all times and parking is available at Falls Road or Silvan Road. There are no bins or water sources on the track so please bring your own water and pack out all waste.  Read More →