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Dog friendly parks

Taking your dog to a park will send tails wagging and eyes filling with appreciation. Nothing beats both you and your dog enjoying being out in nature. So, grab a lead and a handful of treats, whistle up the dog and head for the park.

For the perfect spot to take your dog, look no further than Victoria’s metropolitan, regional and reservoir parks. Dogs are allowed on-lead in many of these parks, so you can enjoy walking, picnics or sightseeing with your four-legged friend. Make sure you plan ahead and check information online and on park signage. Some parks allow dogs in some areas of the park but not the whole park.

Albert Park is a popular spot for dog walking. Take your dog on a walk around the lake or let them run in one of the two off-lead zones. Yarra Bend Park is another great spot for some off-lead fun. Here, dogs can also have a refreshing swim at Deep Rock. Located close to Dights Falls, a rock embarkment allows dogs to easily access the Yarra River. Silvan Reservoir Park is an easy drive from Melbourne and ideal for a great day out. This dog-friendly park is perfect for a picnic or barbecue. Set up on one of the landscaped picnic areas or open lawns surrounded by eucalypt forest. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s colonial past at Point Gellibrand Heritage Park. The Bay Trail is a great way for you and your dog to view the landscape. Stroll beneath Mountain Ash trees at Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens. Walk along the many linking paths and taking in the stunning blooms and foliage.

There’s lot of great opportunities to walk your dog at Macedon Regional Park. Choose from a series of tracks that make up the Macedon Ranges Walking Track. Woowookarung Regional Park is perfect for bushwalking. Take your dog for a walk to scenic lookouts. Bunurong Coastal Reserve is along one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastlines. Explore the sandy coves and rocky headlands with your dog. A happy pooch can take the lead through the rolling green hills of the Strzelecki Ranges at Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve. At 59m, Agnes Falls are the highest single span falls in Victoria. Explore a network of on-road and off-road tracks with canine friends in the rugged Cape Conran Coastal Park. The park features wild ocean beaches, estuaries and inlets and heathlands. Camping with dogs is allowed in some areas.

All state forests, except Murrindindi Scenic Reserve and Steavensons Falls Reserves, are open to dogs. During your visit always keep your dog on a lead and under your control. Check with your local council for restrictions in municipal parks, reserves and beaches.

Dogs in National Parks

If you’re planning on visiting a national park, then you’ll need to leave your four-legged friend at home. Dogs are not allowed in most national parks in Victoria. This includes any beaches that form part of the park. Driving through a national park on a public road with pets in the vehicle is permitted, provided pets remain in the vehicle while crossing the park. Remember, not to leave your dog alone in a vehicle as pets can overheat even when the window is down, or the car is in the shade. Visit the RSPCA to learn more.

There are a few areas within some national and state parks that allow dogs.

Great Otway National Park

There are many areas within the Great Otway National Park that cater for dogs on-lead.

  • Near Lorne: St George River Track
  • Closer to Forrest: Lake Elizabeth Visitor and Camping Areas and walking tracks.
  • Closer to Torquay: Ironbark Basin Picnic Area, Southside Beach, Addiscott Beach, Point Addis to Anglesea via beach and Surf Coast Walk, Ironbark Gorge Walking Track, Ocean View Walking Track.
  • Johanna Beach: all areas.

The nearby Otway Forest Park permits dogs on-lead in all areas.

Greater Bendigo National Park

Dogs are allowed on-lead on specified roads and trails in the One Tree Hill section of the park. Dog walking off these roads and trails is not permitted. Nearby Bendigo Regional Park and State Forests permit dog walking. For more information, view the Dog walking in parks and forests around Bendigo map.

Kinglake National Park

Dogs are allowed on-lead in the Frank Thomson Reserve.

Lake Eildon National Park

Dogs are allowed in the Jerusalem Creek Campground.

Heathcote-Graytown National Park

Dogs are allowed on-lead in the McIvor Range area of the park.

 

Dog walking parks

Make sure you plan ahead and check information on park signage. Some parks allow dogs on/off-lead in particular areas of the park but not the whole park.

Two women in activewear walk their dogs while two runners approach them.

Dog walking in Albert Park

With its picturesque lake and network of trails, Albert Park offers your dog a smorgasbord of exciting sights and smells as well as off-lead areas to run and play.
Four friends walk alongside the Yarra River through Yarra Bend Park.

Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne’s largest natural bushland park. Enjoy the leafy grounds and abundant wildlife while strolling or biking its many trails. Stop for a picnic, walk your dog or play a round of golf.
Two women in active wear walk up the granite steps on the way to Flinders Peak.

You Yangs Regional Park

Magnificent views, birdlife and a mecca for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers - welcome to the You Yangs! The distinctive granite peaks of this park rise abruptly from the flat plains below. Flinders Peak and Big Rock have panoramic views out to Melbourne, which is just an hour away.
A family share a picnic while a father and son play with a model aircraft in the background.

Jells Park

Jells Park is nestled in the Dandenong Creek Valley, Wheelers Hill, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The park attracts over 900,000 visitors a year, with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, 127 hectares of wide open spaces and enough picnic areas for everyone to enjoy.
A family walk along a sealed path in Westerfolds Park.

Yarra Valley Parklands

Yarra Valley Parklands extend along the Yarra River and offer a range of activities, from picnicking to canoeing and camping. The parks include Westerfolds, Banksia, Birrarrung and Candlebark parks, Yarra Flats, Sweeneys Flat and Longridge Campground.
Three women stand-up paddle boarders paddle up the Yeerung River.

Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park has heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds
The lake and linking bridge at Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden

Delightful all year round, choose your own adventure along the many linking paths beneath the canopy of Mountain Ash trees as you stroll through the garden.
A couple walking their dog on lead along a track.

Woowookarung Regional Park

Take your dog for a walk (on lead) to scenic lookouts.

Dog friendly parks

Explore the map below for ideas on where to walk and camp with your dog.

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Dog friendly parks

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Picnics

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Trail running

Get active and healthy in nature by taking your exercise fitness routine outdoors to one of many park running trails.
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Cycling

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