Doggy Urban Explorer

Discover your own backyard! Melbourne has so much to offer Peeps and Paws and this specially designed boutique adventure explores some of the very best places. Meet at the Shrine of Remembrance and wander down to the Yarra River for a cruise, followed by an individual picnic lunch of goodies, then a Venetian style private boat ride around the Ornamental Lake in the Botanical Gardens. Total walking is about 5 km with plenty of breaks. A Pawfect way to spend a day with your dog and like minded Peeps

10am - 3:00pm

MelbourneSat 28 May 2022Sat 18 Jun 2022

Discover your own backyard and take in the best Melbourne has to offer.  We meet at the Shrine of Remembrance and then wander to the banks of the Yarra River to join a cruise,  - walking distance for this part is about 1.5km.  You will not believe what you learn from Skipper about the history of Melbourne. Then it is a 2.5km picturesque walk along the Yarra to enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch with individual baskets filled with goodies and just chilling out, taking in the best Melbourne has to offer.   Then it is off to a private Venetian style boat ride on the Ornamental Lake in the gardens followed by a 1km walk through the Botanical Gardens where the sniffing of the scenery is encouraged. No matter how long you have lived in Melbourne, this day will give you a new experience and with your fur-kid by your side.

  • Meeting time is 10am. 
  • Finish time is approx 3pm
  • Meet at steps of the Shrine of Remembrance.
  • MAP
  • Please note it is not possible to join the tour at any other meeting point as we need to do the essential dog socialising with a group meet and greet.


  • 45 minute Yarra cruise
  • 30 min cruise on the Ornamental Lake in the Botanical Gardens
  • Individual picnic basket lunch with a loan picnic blanket.
  • Branded acrylic stemless wine glass to keep
  • Guided walks 
  • Menus are seasonal are 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
    • Sparkling Wine 
    • Fruit
  • Water for all guests.
  • 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.  

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 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.


All paths are doggy pram friendly

Total walking distance - 5km

Multiple stops during walk

Shrine of Remembrance to Yarra River - 1.5km

Yarra River to Botanical Gardens - 2.5km

Botanical Gardens walk - 1.0km

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