Magical Mystery Doggy Tour – Regional Victoria

At Gourmet Pawprints we are proud to support all small businesses and this Dog Friendly Tour is supporting Regional Victoria who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the recent bush fires. We have designed a tour which will delight and excite all peeps and pooches and importantly put the necessary funds directly in the pockets of the town's small businesses. We will be travelling to Mansfield, a major gateway to the Alpine Region, who have seen the 'ripple effect' of being in the disaster zone area. As You will be chauffeured on Bella the Dog Welcoming Bus along a mystery trail, where you can wander the towns and enjoy their foodie delights.  In typical Gourmet Pawprints style, we have done all the research to find the best walks, great places to eat and all dog friendly. This is going to be one heartfelt and fun filled day with plenty of time to take in the area. We will stop along the way so you can stretch your legs, grab a coffee and be among good folks who need our encouragement and support. Lunch will be your choice at a range of fabulous places who will not only welcome you, they will love being a part of the day.

8am - 6:30pm

Magical Mystery Doggy Tour - MansfieldSat 16 Jan 2021- Booked Out

The mystery is the adventure!

We start the day with some essential socialising before getting on Bella the Dog Welcoming bus. We will be stopping a several towns along the journey to Mansfield, one of the gateway towns to the affected Alpine Region. The mystery trail will give you the opportunity to explore the shops, bakeries, cafes and pubs. This an opportunity to give back something to so many small businesses who have been affected by the bush fires. 

  • Meeting time is 8am. We recommend arriving 15 minutes early for the essential socialising activity.
  • Meet at Rest Stop G (circular toilet block) The Boulevard, Port Melbourne.
  • There is free all day parking along the beach side.


  • This day is all about supporting the regional businesses you choose.
  • All food and beverages are at your expense. Wander the towns and pick a bakery, cafe or pub to get your morning tea and lunch. Spend as much or as little as you wish, everything counts when times are tough.
  • We will have picnic blankets to loan for the day if you wish.
  • Fruit basket as you board Bella
  • Dedicated staff from 8am to 5pm
  • Chauffeured on Bella the dog welcoming bus with climate control, dog seat belts, seat covers, blankets and plenty
  • Water for all guests.
  • We can cater for interstate or international guests with or with out your dog. 

What is not included

  • Food and wine for the day
  • Photos from any photographic sessions
  • Transport to and from meeting point in Port Melbourne.
  • Please note it is not possible to join this tour at any other point except Port Melbourne.

Pesky but important information

  • It is essential you arrive on time as we have specific booking times with our  vendors which cannot be changed.
  • All dogs must be desexed at the time of tour
  • Only 2 dogs per person
  • Max of 15 dogs per tour
  • All guests must be 18 years or over
  • AFTER you have booked you will need to complete our Guest Details Form.
  • All dogs must be de-sexed and have a current vaccination for the annual Canine Cough and to a 'C5 level'. We will contact  your vet to verify these details.
  • No retractable leads or correctional style collars as these can present hazards in groups and on the bus.
  • We pride ourselves on the relationships we have with our trusted venues and as such we want to respect the time they take to make sure our bookings are just right. If we have to converse continuously with them for changes, this can impact their business. So please understand that if you change your mind we need 2 weeks notice, so we can continue to respect our supply chain and that includes us!
  • 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. We can transfer you to another date if 2 weeks notice is provided.
  • If 2 weeks notice is not able to be provided there is a $50 administration fee per booking.
  • If the tour is cancelled due to extreme weather we will transfer you to the next available date.
  • Ensure you have clothing and shoes appropriate to the weather and walking.
  • Full Terms and Conditions HERE