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Doggy Picnic Adventures

So much more than just a walk and a picnic, our boutique picnic adventures are a way of connecting with friends, nature and our beloved pooches. Our guided walks are sniffari's for the senses. After all dogs experience the world through their nose and they deserve lots of mental stimulation - so why not give them a new adventure to brag about at the local park. Bella the Dog Welcoming Bus is your chauffeur, where window licking the scenery is encouraged and meeting new friends just happens!

Choose your pawfect destination - Torquay, Dandenongs or Hanging Rock. Chat and share stories as you wander through scenic trails - a chance to just breath and be in the moment. Your picnic basket of goodies is ready and waiting and the only decision you have to make is where your doggo wants their picnic blanket. A pawfect time to relax in the company of other peeps and paws.

We have done all the planning so all you have to do is bring your sense of adventure - oh and your dog!

9:30am - 4pm

Torquay
Coming Back in Oct 2022
Dandenongs
Sat 25 Jun 2022

Three Fabulous Destinations

Torquay

A majestic 5.7km walk from Bells Beach to Torquay, simply pawfect! Just take time to be with your dog, like minded folks and the seriously awesome views across Port Philip Bay and Bass Strait. This is an easy grade walk which is Doggo Pram Friendly. Bella will be waiting for you with an individual picnic basket of goodies when you reach Torquay. We have planned it all right down to the glass of Sparkling over lunch, so all you have to do is pop on those walking shoes and grab the lead.

Dandenongs

Wander the Puffing Billy trail from Cockatoo to Emerald and take in all the amazing smells. Such a tranquil experience and full of great doggo sniffs. This is an easy grade 6km walk, just enjoying other Peeps and Paws. Or if you prefer come on Bella and do a 2km walk at your own pace, depending on what your paws feel like on the day. Either way an individual picnic basket lunch of goodies with a glass of sparkling awaits you when you finish. No need to walk back, Bella is there to chauffeur you home.

Hanging Rock

Lose yourself at Hanging Rock with your pooch for the day. Enjoy wandering around this rare volcanic formation and try not to 'vanish'.  Our Dog Carer will take you on a 3.5 km base walk where you will be mesmerised by the sheer rock face from so many views. Your individual picnic basket lunch will be ready when you return. After lunch you can decide to 'get lost' hiking to the summit while little paws get a massage or grab a coffee and visit the museum. This is a truly wonderful fun day out for all peeps and paws.

  • Meeting time is 8:30am and we recommend you arrive 15minutes early for the essential dog socialising.
  • Meet at Port Melbourne - Westport Reserve
  • Please note it is not possible to join the tour at any other meeting point as we need to do the essential dog socialising before boarding Bella, besides we have so much fun on the bus.

 

Inclusions

  • Individual picnic basket lunch of goodies catered to dietary requirements
  • A picnic blanket on loan for the day
  • Doggy gift bag with a personalised dog treat.
  • Branded acrylic stemless wine glass to keep
  • Human and Canine First Aid trained team with a bent for adventure fun
  • Chauffeured on Bella the dog welcoming bus with climate control, dog seat belts, seat covers, blankets and plenty of space.
  • Facilitated dog socialisation pre-boarding
  • Water for all guests.
  • Menus are seasonal and of an exceptional quality and quantity. Example menu may include;
    • Ancient grain salad with poached chicken or marinated tofu
    • Quiche or seasonal vegetable tart
    • Bakery item
    • Popcorn
    • Fruit
  • Glass of Sparkling Wine
  • We welcome folks from interstate or international guests who may just want a unique experience to rave about even though their dog is cooling their paws at home.  

Dietary

  • We can cater for most dietary requirements, please specify this in the booking form including any food allergies.
  • Please bring any medications you require with you on the day.

What is not included

  • Additional purchases at any of the venues.
  • Picnic basket and blankets are on loan for the day.
  • Tea and coffee.
  • Photos from any photographic sessions
  • Transport to and from meeting point.
  • Please note it is not possible to join the tour at any other meeting point as we need to do the essential dog socialising before boarding Bella, besides we have so much fun on the bus.
  • Pesky but important information

    • AFTER you have booked you will need to complete our Guest Details Form. This must  be completed for each adult and dog attending within 3 days of your booking. Your assistance with this is necessary for our preparation.
    • All dogs must be desexed at the time of tour, sorry no exceptions for any reason. This is important to ensure all dogs are able to interact safely and respectfully.
    • All Adults must be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 and be able to provide a physical or digital evidence of a vaccination certificate (except if exempt according to the Victorian Government criteria)
    • Dogs experience the world through scent and having de sexed and entire dogs together can cause issues
    • All dogs must have a current vaccination for annual Canine Cough and to a 'C5 level'. We will contact your vet to verify these details from the information you provide in the Guest Details Form.
    • All guests must be 18 years or over
    • Only 2 dogs per person
    • No retractable leads or correctional style collars as these can present hazards in groups and on the bus.
    • It is essential your dog is in good health and able to socialise with other dogs and humans.
    • Whilst we understand sometimes circumstances change, unfortunately there are no refunds once a booking has been made.
    • If the tour is cancelled due to extreme weather we will transfer you to the next available date.
    • If you cannot make the date you have booked, we must receive 2 weeks notice to transfer you to date
    • If 2 weeks notice is not able to be provided there is a $50 administration fee per booking.
    • There are no transfers within 3 days of the tour date and 100% of the ticket price will be forfeited if you are not able to attend

    Full T&C's HERE

  • We can cater for all dietary requirements, including Vegan.
  • Please specify your dietary requirements in the Guest Details Form which will be sent after you book and must be completed by each adult and dog on your booking, please include any food allergies.
  • Please bring any medications you require with you on the day.

Torquay

  • All paths are doggy pram friendly and guided by our team
  • Bells Beach to Torquay - easy grade path - Total distance 5.7km.
  • Stop at toilets and walk to start of path - distance - 1.5km. Option to get back on bus and go to Jan Juc
  • Bells Beach to Jan Juc off leash beach- Distance - 2.8km
  • Jan Juc off lead beach - walk across sand, up stairs 700m. Option to get back on bus at this point
  • Jan Juc off lead beach to Torquay - along paths - distance - 1km

Dandenongs

  • All paths doggy pram friendly and guided by our team
  • Walk from Cockatoo to Emerald - Total Distance - 5km
  • 100m of a relatively steep fully paved path
  • Option to stay on bus and do a 1km walk around Emerald rather than 5km trail

Hanging Rock

  • All paths are doggy pram friendly and can be self guided or by our team
  • Base and Creek Walk - Total distance - 4.1km
  • Base walk around rock - Total distance - 1.8km
  • Creek walk - Total distance - 2.3km
  • Summit Walk - dogs remain on bus with our team - Total distance - 1.8km. Steep walk

We offer small group boutique style tours where you get to meet  other Peeps and Paws. This provides for a welcoming environment for solo travellers and friends alike.

Bella The Dog Friendly Bus has 45 seats, so you will have plenty of room with larger dogs getting 2 seats

This tour is capped at 15 dogs