The best dog parks in Melbourne and regional Victoria

happy dog at the park

Lou Sanz

Posted March 01, 2022


If your canine companion is looking for something a bit more exciting than the barren local footy oval, check out these pawesome dog parks.

Love to treat your hound to a change of scenery with new sniffs and smells? Or is your fur-pup just looking to escape the daily grind? No worries, Melbourne and regional Victoria offer a range of incredible dog parks to suit even the most discerning of pups. 

So whether you’re looking to escape the city for a well-deserved and pup-friendly weekend getaway, or staying local for exercise and socialising, we’ve got your dog-park needs covered from West Footscray to Wodonga. 


Dog parks for all breeds, sizes and personalities

In recent years, Melbourne’s gone from dog-friendly to dog-accomodating, thanks to an explosion in pet-friendly spaces, attitudes, and accommodations.

Understanding that our furry friends are sometimes in search of more than a patch of grass and a bit of off-leash time, councils have introduced dog fountains, complimentary poo-bags, dedicated areas for big and small dogs, and even agility courses for fur-babies that like a challenge. 

If you’re looking for somewhere to treat your best fur friend, why not take them on an adventure in the car to one of the city’s awesome dog parks:

Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Downs

A compact but well-designed agility course complete with tunnels, agility poles to weave in and out of, ramps, and doggy platforms. Fully fenced off from the rest of the reserve so your pooch can safely navigate their very own obstacle course. 

Clayton Reserve, North Melbourne

You can’t beat a dog park with a sandpit, set amidst lush green grass (great for sniffing). The fenced-off dog zone is a bonus for this one that resides so close to the CBD.

Alf Pearce Dog Park, Strathmore

This park is a mecca for the discerning dog who wants an all-included experience. 

With facilities including an agility zone, time-out space (for when your dog just needs to chill), run-around area and doggy drink fountains, this one is tough to beat.

Brooklyn Dog Park, Brooklyn

Boasting its very own doggy toybox, the Brooklyn Dog Park features an agility course that includes hurdles, ramps and logs, all while safely fenced off for your dog pal to play safely. 

 

dog with toybox

Your dog will feel like they're on holiday running wild at one of these great dog parks around Melbourne. Image: Getty.


Aranga Reserve Dog Park, Donvale

With a dedicated fenced-off training area, this park is perfect for pooches who prefer their own company. It also features a large off-leash area complete with an obstacle course for dogs that enjoy socialising or who need to work off access energy. There are also plenty of benches for owners to sit and relax.

Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster

Featuring a mix of leash and off-leash areas set amongst hectares of lush green grass, this park has shrubbery for the pup that likes to get back to basics when it comes to their dog parks. 

Martin Reserve, West Footscray

Expect a local dog park that keeps it simple. Fenced and off-leash, it offers plenty of space for dogs and owners alike to socialise while enjoying a coffee from one of the many local cafes. 

Doggy Play Park, Heatherton 

A private dog amusement park - need we say more? Choose between a private play with just you and your fur-baby, or enjoy a more social experience in the open play area. They also have weekly times dedicated to different breeds and dog sizes. 

 

dogs playing at the park

The dog park offers a great opportunity to make new friends. Image: Supplied.


Regional Victoria’s best dog parks

Whether you’re a regional local or city roamer, you’ll find the pet perfect park for your four-legged companion located in some of Victoria’s most beautiful locations.

With more people making the move to the regions or taking local holidays in lieu of flying internationally, it’s time to embrace the huge variety of awesome dog-friendly facilities around the state.

Alfred Nicholas Reserve, Sherbrooke

With foliage, grass, shrubs, and well-trodden pathways, this provides a wonderland of new smells and textures for your dog to enjoy on-leash as you both enjoy the idyllic surroundings. 

Brackenbush Unleashed, Lakes Entrance 

For owners of dogs that don’t play well with others, or have a little social anxiety around other dogs, this park has dedicated areas just for you and your pup to play off-leash (no other dogs allowed) and when they’re ready to get more social, graduate into the general play area. 

Puffing Billy Dog Express, Dandenong Ranges

Though this locomotive isn’t a park, an activity that involves dogs hanging their heads out of train windows warrants a mention. With dog-friendly carriages on the Puffing Billy express, it’s advised to book ahead. 

 

 

happy dog

A walked dog is a happy dog! Image: Supplied.


Sebastopol Dog Park, Ballarat

With room to play and room to roam, this fenced-off park is conveniently situated next to a playground which makes it a great place to take the whole family, two and four-legged. Water and complimentary poo bags make this a go-to for locals and visitors alike. 

Seagull Paddock Dog Park, Norlane

This one is a large off-leash park for dogs that prefer a solid run-around and aren’t too fussed when it comes to doggy amenities. With an abundance of wildlife, bushes, and shrubbery, there’s heaps for your nature-loving pet to explore.

Lake Weeroona, Bendigo

For the dog that likes a latte after a lakefront stroll, you can’t go past Lake Weeroona and the dog-friendly nearby eatery, The Boardwalk.

 

If you have ticked off all these parks on your dog’s travel itinerary, head for a seaside romp at a dog-friendly beach instead. Em-bark on an adventure to run, jump, and howl at the waves when the park just won’t do!

 


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