Five Best Dog Walks in Sydney

Five Best Dog Walks in Sydney

23/10/2016

Whether you want to get back to nature, the coastline or stay near to the trendiest urban cafes (anyone for a puppucino?), there's something in shiny Sydney for every dog and their owner! Without further delay, here are our top five Sydney dog walks - as tested by top sitter and Sydney Community Manager, Sarah. 

Sydney Park, Alexandria/ St. Peters

The Low-Down: Sydney park is a stalwart amongst the inner-west Dog community, and for good reason - it’s huge, beautiful, and there’s a cafe as well as a very popular kids park and cycle track bordering the park, so it’s a great day for the whole family. Come by on weekends to see dogs of all shapes and sizes congregating around the cafe with their hoomans. The beautiful ponds in the park are a drawcard but are the homes of hundreds of birds, fish and other marine wildlife, so dogs are strictly not allowed to swim. If you’re a runner, you’ll love the Saturday morning Park Run. 

Fuel: The Sydney Park Kiosk is smack bang in the middle of the park,  serves up a mean latte and a small but yummy menu of juices, smoothies and baked goods. There’s also plenty of options for the little ones and for special dietary requirements.

Parking: There are three reasonably sized car-parks around the park that fill up quite quickly on weekends, but plenty of street parking available around the area. 

Mort Bay Park, Balmain

The Low-Down: This hidden gem is home to the Balmain Ferry Wharf, and plays host to dozen of local pups and their families, especially on weekends! There is a huge kids playground and plenty of open space for the pups to run around (no more losing the tennis ball), and several safe entry points into the harbour for those aquatically-inclined pups. You can set up a picnic and enjoy the views over the harbour, or take a long walk the entire way around the bay. 

Fuel: There’s no cafes at the park, but Mort Bay is hop and a skip away from bustling Darling Street, where you can pick up a coffee and snack at local institute Bertoni’s. 

Parking: There is limited street parking adjacent to the park, but plenty of street parking in the blocks surrounding the bay. 

Black Wattle Bay, Rozelle

The Low-Down:  Black Wattle Bay at sunset is one of the most beautiful places in Sydney - with a view over the bay, Anzac Bridge and the lush green parklands, you and your pup won’t believe you are in the middle of the city. Endless space for your pup (or you) to run around, beautiful waterside views, and the added bonus of a small but very popular dog-friendly beach. Very popular with local cyclists and joggers, and perfect for a run, jog, or lazy picnic.

The Fuel: BWB is right next door to the newly-opened Tramsheds, a collection of eateries and bars in a chic re-imagined tram depot. Pop there to grab a coffee, some Messina, or something more substantial.

Parking: There is paid parking at the Tramsheds, and ample free parking at Black Wattle Bay. It does get busy on weekends, but there is ample surrounding street parking. 

Photo credit: Patrick Morrow

Centennial Parklands 

The Low-Down: Filled to the brim with lakes, trails, cafes and interesting spots to explore, Centennial Parklands is a must-visit for Sydney dogs and their hoomans. Spend a lazy Sunday with one of their bespoke picnic baskets (you’ll find yourself very popular with nearby dogs), or take your pup for a run one one of the many tracks. There are loads of cyclists, horses and children around the park especially on weekends, so this suggestion is for highly socialised pups only. There are some special rules for pups and their owners, luckily they made this helpful brochure that’s worth having a look at before heading off on your adventure. 

Fuel: You are spoilt for choice in Centennial parklands - the Greenhouse, the Spruce Goose Diner and the adjoining canteen on Centennial Drive are hugely popular, or there are plenty of bbq’s and picnic areas scattered throughout the park.

Parking: There is plenty of parking within the grounds of the park. 

Photo credit: Patrick Morrow

Centennial Parklands 

The Low-Down: Filled to the brim with lakes, trails, cafes and interesting spots to explore, Centennial Parklands is a must-visit for Sydney dogs and their hoomans. Spend a lazy Sunday with one of their bespoke picnic baskets (you’ll find yourself very popular with nearby dogs), or take your pup for a run one one of the many tracks. There are loads of cyclists, horses and children around the park especially on weekends, so this suggestion is for highly socialised pups only. There are some special rules for pups and their owners, luckily they made this helpful brochure that’s worth having a look at before heading off on your adventure. 

Fuel: You are spoilt for choice in Centennial parklands - the Greenhouse, the Spruce Goose Diner and the adjoining canteen on Centennial Drive are hugely popular, or there are plenty of bbq’s and picnic areas scattered throughout the park.

Parking: There is plenty of parking within the grounds of the park.