Dog Friendly Destination ~ Port Welshpool, VIC

A quiet sleepy little fishing village on the Gippsland coastline is what you will find at Port Welshpool. Nestled in between Toora and Port Albert, Port Welshpool offers plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind while taking in a walk along the shoreline, superb views of Wilsons Promontory, or having a swim in the safe beaches.

Japanese Spitz Border Collie Keiko Summer Port Welshpool

About Port Welshpool

Port Welshpool was originally used by Whalers in the 1830s and was officially gazetted in 1851. The historical Long Jetty was built to allow for the loading and unloading of the many fishing boats and cattle and timber hauliers that frequented the area. Located about 200 km from Melbourne, it is a popular getaway area for keen recreational fishers with a healthy fish population in the inlets and around the small islands that are around Port Welshpool.

Dog Friendly Destination Infographic Port Welshpool


With a population of only around 230, there aren’t many places to stay at Port Welshpool. We stayed at the Long Jetty Caravan Park in our caravan but there are also cabins available. The Caravan Park is dog friendly all year round and has great facilities for humans and is very welcoming to all dogs. The limitations are that only two dogs are allowed per site and dogs are not allowed in the cabins. You can also check out regular holiday houses sites such as Airbnb and Stayz, but there are limited options around so you do need to plan ahead.

Things To Do


If you and your doggo can manage it, there is 72 km of the Great Southern Rail Trail with Port Welshpool being the final stop…or the start of the trail. From Port Welshpool, the trail runs through Welshpool, Toora, Foster, Fish Creek, Buffalo, Stony Creek, Meeniyan, Koonwarra and Leongatha, offering rural and bush views along the way. The trail is gravel and is slightly undulating along the route.

For those that are feeling less energetic, the leg that runs from Port Welshpool to Welshpool is 6 km long and passes through farmland and natural bush settings. It is a compacted gravel trail and takes approximately 2 hours one way.

There is also a lovely paved walk along the shoreline of Port Welshpool from Long Jetty down to the wharves where the fishing and cruise boats come and go from.

Japanese Spitz Border Collie Keiko Summer Port Welshpool

There is also the almost 1km long jetty named Long Jetty. It was originally built as a key to developing the eastern Bass Strait fisheries and to supply the link from Tasmania’s supply of fish to the mainland. Construction began in 1936 and was completed in 1938. Currently under refurbishment due to damage from a fire in 2010 and upgrading to modern facilities, once complete in Oct 2018 it will provide a further tourist attraction in South Gippsland and an artificial reef when the non-historical outer section of the wharf is dropped to the seabed.


The waters of Port Welshpool are protected by Wilson’s Promontory and the many islands that are in the area. Coupled with the relatively shallow waters, Port Welshpool provides a great place to cool off in the ocean.

Japanese Spitz Border Collie Keiko Summer Port Welshpool

Dining With Your Dogs

There are only a few opportunities to dine out in Port Welshpool. What is on offer is the Pier Port Hotel. Here you will find a mix of pub grub, seafood, and pizza and they even have an ice creamery attached to the building! There is an area outside the ice creamery to sit with your dog with picnic tables provided but make sure you have a hat as there is no shade provided here.

Across from the wharves, you will come across the Port Welshpool General Store. This is a great spot to pick up some essentials, fish and chips, plus their specialty Scallop Pies!

Events and Festivals

Port Welshpool has a Sea Days Festival each year on the first full weekend in January and is then followed by the Summer Undercover Market at the Old Ferry Terminal a week later.

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