Whether you are looking for somewhere to have a doggy play date or take a quiet stroll with your furry friend, there are plenty of dog-friendly parks to choose from.
Here are our picks of the best dog parks in Sydney.
Image courtesy of Waverly Council.
Who says that your dog is the only one who can enjoy a trip to the dog park? Marks Park – or more specifically the views from Marks Park – make this a spot you will both enjoy.
You’ll find it in Tamarama, along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. To the north you have views of North Bondi and to the south you can see Coogee.
This is a popular park with flat, grassy, open spaces, which your dog will love. You can let your dog off the leash between 4:30pm and 8:30am daily, but they must remain on the leash at all other times. This one is perfect for a visit before or after work so your dog can have a good run.
Image courtesy of Centennial Parklands.
Centennial Parklands is one of the best dog parks in Sydney… and it’s also the largest.
If you are looking for an off-leash dog park, you’ll certainly find a space your pooch will love here. Around 43% of the park – or 154 hectares – is designated off-leash, with other space throughout the park also welcoming dogs on-leash.
There is a lot to explore at Centennial Parklands. It’s great for the whole family and offers plenty of shade plus hills, ponds and trees for your dog to explore.
Hawthorne Canal Reserve
Image courtesy of Inner West Council.
Hawthorne Canal located in Leichhardt is an off leash and exercise are for dogs. Cafe Bones is located at the end of the Canal Road where there is seating and bathroom facilities for the human visitors. This is a popular spot for owners and dogs alike to socialise and meet new friends.
Photo courtesy of Woollahra City Council.
The Eastern Suburbs are packed with some of the best dog parks in Sydney, such as the harbourside Rushcutters Bay Park. Like Marks Park, there are limited off-leash hours, although they are slightly more generous at Rushcutters Bay. Dogs can be off-leash from 3:30pm-10:30am daily.
One of the highlights of this option is the kiosk in the park, so you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat while you are out with your pooch. There are also public toilets and a playground if you are heading to the park with kids.
Image courtesy of the City of Sydney.
Moving to the inner west, you’ll find Glebe’s Blackwattle Bay Park.
Water-loving dogs will especially enjoy Blackwattle Bay Park as there are spots where they can jump on the rocks and into the water.
You could also take a walk along the Glebe foreshore which has a shared walk/cycleway with spectacular views of the ANZAC Bridge and into the city. Or make a day of it and take advantage of the picnic and barbecue facilities.
Image courtesy of Postcards Sydney
Offering flat and expansive playing fields and a walking/bike track, this park has it all. The northern part of the park is designated for off leash dog exercise – 24 hours a day. Dogs are welcome elsewhere in the park provided they remain on leash and away from the sports fields.
Best of all the park is located just off Anzac Parade only a stone throw away from Malabar beach.
There are few things to keep in mind when visiting a dog park, especially when it comes to respecting fellow dog owners and ensuring all dogs play safely together.
Here are some simple tips to follow:
- Pick up after your dog – if they do it, you need to take it with you.
- Keep your leash with you – even in an off-leash park you should keep the leash on hand in case you need to quickly secure your dog.
- Always have a collar on your dog – this provides crucial information on who to contact should your dog get away.
- Don’t bring dogs that are in heat – leave them at home. A dog on heat can cause a significant distraction to other male dogs.
- If your dog is aggressive around other dogs, the dog park isn’t the ideal place to take them. And if you are heading to the dog park for the first time with your puppy, ease them in slowly so they learn how to safely interact with other dogs.
Socialisation, in particular up through the 16 week mark, is extremely important for a puppy. It can help them enormously to learn how to interact with other types of dogs – big and small. As well as reduce the likelihood of behavioural issues in the future.
Of course the risk of infectious diseases is always there. But if it is safe to do so, with precaution and care your puppy can benefit from being socialised early. Contact us if you want to know what the risks are in your local area.
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