Discover the outdoors

Walk, run or ride the foreshore

In summer, Bayside is a beach, but there are 17 kilometres of amazing foreshore to explore in all seasons. When clouds gather and the sea turns to sullen grey, it’s time to rug up to explore the cliff top paths and the indigenous flora of the foreshore reserves.

The Bayside trails

The Bayside walks and trails are designed for walking, running, dog walking and riding, and offer opportunities to discover some of the area’s beautiful buildings, parks, history and foreshore.

With over 90 interpretive signs, the foreshore Coastal Trail has walks and experiences that celebrate Bayside’s Indigenous, historical, artistic and environmental heritage. The trails celebrate the lives and work of famous Australian artists, tell stories of the Boon wurrung people, share the historical significance of the area, and describe the natural environment.

Download the Bayside Coastal Trails map http://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/things_to_see_and_do/coastal_trail.htm or maps are available from Bayside libraries and Council offices.

Or download the interactive immersive experience Bayside Walks and Trails app http://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/things_to_see_and_do/walksandtrails_smartphone_app.htm

Info on other trails???

Parks, gardens and heathlands

There are over 40 parks, gardens and heathlands in Bayside with walking tracks, secret corners and shady grass for hideaways fornature buffs, children, families and dogs who love to explore.

Nature lovers can spot unique Australian animals that live in the Bayside foreshore reserves and gardens. These include insects, six species of skinks, the Southern brown tree frog (Litoria ewingii) and Rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster), a native Australian amphibious water rat.

Bird life is also plentiful with kookaburras, wattlebirds, lorikeets and parrots. And keep an eye out for southern blue wrens, bronzewing pigeons, mistletoe birds and cockatoos.

For flora fanciers, many reserves are home to indigenous orchids, coastal tea trees (Leptospermum laevigatum) with their gnarled, small leaves, and the yellow coast wattle (Acacia sophorae).

Most areas are family-friendly with facilities such as on-street parking, toilets, barbeques, drinking fountains and sporting equipment.

Please observe signs in parks, reserves and beaches as these rules to protect the wildlife. If you want to get actively involved in protecting and promoting Bayside’s unique biodiversity, the Friends of Bayside http://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/caring_for_bayside/about_the_friends_of_bayside_groups.htm welcomes volunteers who want to make a positive impact on their local environment.

The following table provides information about some of the more popular parks and reserves.

Dogs

Dogs need to be on a leash in Bayside and are prohibited in some parks and reserves, but, because there’s nothing happier than a dog at the beach or in a park, there are designated areas and times http://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/living_in_bayside/animals_dog_off_leash_areas.htm where they can romp off-leash.