Canberra is one of the best places to walk your dog in Australia. The capital has a variety of dog-friendly parks and neighbourhoods that you can’t help but admire. If you’re a dog owner and aren’t fur-miliar with many dog parks near you, this list will help you find the top 10 dog-friendly parks in Canberra that’ll send your pooch barking mad with excitement!
Disclaimer: Below top 10 Canberra Dog Parks are not in any specific order and include off-leash areas both enclosed and not enclosed.
1. Palmerville Heritage Park
Palmerville Heritage Park boasts beautiful nature walks, perfect for getting active in the outdoors with your pooch. It is an excellent place in Canberra, directly opposite Owen Dixon Drive. The dog park allows off-leash dogs to walk around freely and enjoy ample time as they play with other dogs.
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2. Giralang Dog Park
Giralang Oval offers a huge off-leash space for your pooch to run wild. It is a great location where you and your dog can play fetch as you enjoy the fresh air and the wide space available. Giralang Oval offers a 5.5km walking trail with scenic city views, making it the perfect option to get out and about with your furry friend. You may even meet some new four-legged friends.
3. Queanbeyan Dog Park
Queanbeyan, or as some call it, Scar Dog Park, is one of the few fenced dog parks in Canberra. Offering amazing playgrounds for your doggo, dog parents can rest assured knowing the park also comes with partitions that separate areas for large and small dogs. Be mindful to visit on a hot day as there is minimal shade – however, the fantastic views make it a worth a visit!
4. O’Connor Dog Park
If you are looking for a dog park with plenty of parking and stunning grounds to spend some time with your pooch, then you should consider O’Connor Dog Park. The tall eucalyptus trees and mixture of woodchips and grassed area, alongside some benches for humans, make this park the pawfect pick for an afternoon of play. Worried about the safety of your pooch? Not to stress, the park offers segregation for both large and small dogs too.
5. Googong Rockley Dog Park
Looking for a boutique sized, off-leash dog park? Look no further. The Googong Rockley Dog Park is one of the best off-leash dog parks in Canberra. What makes it the pawfect pick is the number of obstacles and play equipment available. The park offers various weavers and pipes to keep your pooch entertained. This park is ideal for small dogs that are looking to exercise with their owners off-leash. Tip: The weaving poles are excellent for exercising your dog’s mind!
6. Point Hunt Dog Exercise Area
The dog park is strategically situated near Jim Pike Avenue, featuring a vast landscape of fenced park. Unlike other dog parks, Point Hunt Dog Exercise Area does not provide dustbins or benches, so you’ll have to come prepared! For added exercise, we suggest walking to the park as there is minimal parking available. Your dogs, however, get a very spacious ground for playing. Stay hydrated and bring along your water as there’s no taps available.
7. Jerrabomberra Dog Park
Jerra residents rest assured, Jerrabomberra Dog Park is at the tip of your paws, boasting plenty of grassland for your pooch to enjoy. The fenced area is best suited to small dogs as the space is fairly limited. The dog park is located on Kingsley Avenue for anyone who wishes to check it out.
8. Tuggeranong Dog Park
Tuggeranong Dog Park is among the few dog parks that offer benches for humans and a separate playing ground for small and big dogs. The area also has an excellent eucalyptus cover as well as a remarkable ground cover. The trees offer plenty of shade and a nearby café with refreshing drinks and food, should all that play wear you out.
9. Yass Dog Park
Despite lacking onsite water, Yass Dog Park still has several advantages over many dog parks in Australia. For instance, it hosts paved footpaths for humans. It has three different dog sections, including one for starting dogs. You also get to enjoy dustbins and benches which are strategically placed throughout the site. It’s a paws up from us!
10. Yarralumla Dog Park
Yarralumla Dog Park has one of the best locations with numerous enticing features. Firstly, the park offers ample shade thanks to the dense tree cover. It also has grassy spots and separate areas for big dogs and small dogs. Dog parents, sit back and relax on the benches available, or check out the dog walking area near the park to get those paws moving. Cool off after your walk at the nearby dog friendly swimming area, Lake Burley Griffin, located right outside the park.