Best Dog-Friendly Parks in Melbourne, VIC
Whether you're a dog owner, a pet sitter or dog walker, there's no better place to take your pupper than the local dog park to run out some energy and meet some new pooch pals.
Here is Pawshake's list of the best dog-friendly parks in Melbourne, Victoria - have fun!
1) Gasworks Park
Pickles Street and Graham Street, Albert Park
On any given day, this big southside park is full of well-behaved pooches, but also has plenty of secluded spaces for shy doggos to chill out. Facilities include plenty of bins, water and barbeques if you want to make a day of it!
2) Clayton Reserve
201-241 Macaulay Road, North Melbourne
For training puppies learning to socialise, this dog-friendly park is a good option as it is fully fenced and comes complete with poo bags and bins. Plenty of tails to sniff and new friends to make on weekends!
3) Albert Park
Aughtie Drive, Melbourne
Albert Park is really vast, with several different zones (some on and off-leash, others completely dog-free) so be sure to read the signs. Head south-side near Aughtie Drive for a fun leash-free zone.
4) Fawkner Park
Punt Road & Commercial Road Prahran
This lush, green park is where cool local dogs and their friendly owners go for long runs and lazy strolls on the grass. There is a massive off-leash field, however be warned that it is also used as a sporting field on Saturdays!
5) Yarra Bend Park
A bushland environment for adventurous dogs, this huge park has several on and off-leash zones. It boasts the best of both worlds – situated close to the city, with natural river-beds, fields and bushes to sniff and explore.
6) Princes Park
Bambra Rd & Dover St, Caulfield South
A northside favourite, Princes Park ticks all the boxes – great facilities including poo bags, bins, water and safe fenced zones for your mutt to run riot off-leash. There are lots of friendly dogs and owners here so be prepared to make some new furry and human pals.
7) Aranga Reserve Dog Activity Centre
Eastway Avenue, Donvale
What's a Dog Activity Centre, you ask? A fun outdoor gym/adventure park for your pup! Fencing for peace of mind, plenty of safe and separate spaces for dogs at different levels of training, agility equipment....and of course, bags, bins and water. Your dog will sleep well after an afternoon here.
8) Green Gully Reserve
Green Gully Road, Keilor Downs
Another fun adventure zone for your dog to run, jump, crawl and sniff – plenty of training equipment, secure fencing and large areas to run marathons (though do bear in mind that some leash-free zones aren't fenced off).
9) Footscray Park
Ballarat Road, Footscray
Located off Maribyrnong Boulevard, this peaceful old park has several zones, the leash-free of which is located to the west of Thomson Water Garden. The locals take great pride in this beautiful space, so be sure to have a good explore of the grounds.
10) Yarraville Gardens
Barbara Beyer Reserve, Whitehall Street
You can make an evening of it at this park, with barbeques and nearby food trucks to feed the whole family. While you chow down, the secure fenced-off section is perfect for your dog to have a romp with some furry friends.
Some final dog walking tips:
We want to stress that you do the right thing by your pup and everyone else in the park – always bring the poo bags, leash and best behaviour on the day. And as always in Australia, watch out in ANY outdoor park for snakes in spring and summer and avoid the hottest part of the day.
If you want to brush up on your doggy etiquette, here's a blog post covering all things walkies. And if you own a cat and feel a little left out – check out our official guide to cat-walking. It's a very different sport altogether.
Visiting Melbourne, or looking for other dog-friendly activities? Check out our list of dog-friendly pubs.
Enjoy spending time with your four-legged friend! If you ever need a dog walker to take your pup on a park adventure, just head to Pawshake and search for your local area.