Best dog walks and hikes in Melbourne
Melbourne is a big city, with green and stimulating dog walks available no matter what corner of the city you find yourself in.
Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne: This central park is a common pick for city-dwelling dogs out for a stroll and socialising.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: You can even take your dog boating on the lake.
Westgate Park, Port Melbourne: In summer, amaze your dog when the lake turns bright pink.
Princes Park, Carlton North: The park features two off-leash areas at Crawford Oval and at the north-end near the bowling club.
Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne: Doing a loop of this inner-city park is a good way to tire out your dog, plus it has that cute miniature village you can visit.
Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield: You might not know that this is the largest natural bushland park in Melbourne – and it’s dog -friendly.
Mathias Track, Olinda: A popular choice among hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and dog owners, so visit during off-peak (weekdays) periods if you want a quieter experience.
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens: The gardens are beautiful, but quite steep in parts so be wary if you or your dog have mobility concerns.
Outer Circle Trail, Fairfield: This lengthy walking track partly follows the Alamein line through Kew, Camberwell and Deepdene, intersecting the Yarra Trail in the North and Scotchmans Creek Trail in the south.
Maribyrnong River Trail, Footscray to Keilor: The trail is long, so consider only completing a section before doubling back (or looping back through the nearby residential streets).
Brimbank Park, Keilor: Tackle the loop walk at this park if your dog’s paws aren’t up to the full Maribyrnong Trail.
Werribee River Park, Werribee: Visit around sunset to see the K Road cliffs at their prettiest.
Hobsons Bay Coastal trail, Spotswood to Altona Meadows: This trail takes you through wetlands and goes past Altona Dog Beach and the off-leash Doug Grant Reserve.