Dog friendly walks around Melbourne

Summer is a great time to take your dog out and about with you. We have compiled a list of the best dog friendly walks around your area so that you and your pup can get out and explore nature!

Dogs love to run; sometimes we can’t always keep up. That’s why off-leash dog parks are a great way for your pup to burn off that excess energy and build on their social skills as well. Melbourne is a dog loving city and offers some great spots for you try.

Edinburgh Gardens: North Fitzroy

At approximately 24 hectares, this large park hosts an off-leash dog park and is close by to many cafes that will welcome your four-legged friend!

Princes Park: Carlton North
This park has plenty of room for both you and your pooch. There is a jogging track that circles around the park so is great if you need to get those extra steps into your day as well. The off-leash area is massive and gives your dog the added bonus of a duck pond for those hot summer days.

Citizens Park: Richmond
Closely located near Bridge Rd, Citizens Park is a great place to take your dog to get social. This is a fenced off dog park and has a great BBQ area to use on weekends with friends.

Clayton Reserve: North Melbourne
Much like Citizens Park, Clayton Reserve is perfect for pups and humans that love making new friends. The park is off-leash 24/7 and is securely fenced off so you can relax as your dog runs free.

Aranga Reserve: Donvale
Just off the Eastern Freeway, Aranga reserve is not just any ordinary dog park. It’s an activity park that gives dogs the opportunity to be challenged on specially designed equipment. This is perfect for those dogs that need a little more action.

Burns Reserve: Altona
This off-leash abundance provides opportunity to explore from the beach to the park area. There is no restricted hours here and cool shallow water for your pup to play in on those hot days.

Yarra Bend Park: South Yarra
This is a great adventure to make a day out of! Bring your picnic rug and ball thrower as there are off leash areas and open grass areas that are big enough for plenty of fun games. As well as this, there are many bush walking trails for all fitness levels and a café to top off your day.

Summer is a great time to get outdoors with your dog. Remember to always make sure you have water for your furry friend and that the ground is not too hot for their sensitive paws. A great way to test this is the five second rule – place the back of your hand on the ground for at least five seconds, if you are unable to hold it there it is too hot for your dog to walk.