Round up your dog, grab the lead, stretch those legs, take some clean fresh air into your lungs and enjoy the surroundings in any number of parks and reserves in and around Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Dogs are allowed in many parks and reserves, check the Safety and regulations section on individual park pages for details.
Some dog friendly parks
The Eucalypt forests and gently undulating hills of the Hepburn Regional Park provide a lovely setting for a stroll with your dog. So next time you’re headed for the nearby attractions of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, don’t leave the dog at home.
The granite peaks of the You Yangs rise dramatically from the surrounding volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong. Explore one of the tracks that traverse the park, taking in magnificent views, or relax in one of the park’s many picnic areas.
Explore the sandy coves and rocky headlands with your dog, along one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastlines. The rugged sandstone cliffs of this park are a striking backdrop for other beach activities such as swimming.
Both you and your dog will enjoy the expansive walking tracks in this park that take in pleasant shaded picnic grounds, Messmate Gum forests, damp gullies and a variety of native plants and animals.
The largest area of natural vegetation near the city, Yarra Bend Park has large off-lead areas for your dog to run, sniff and socialise with other canine chums. And with 16 kilometres of river frontage, views from the city to the Dandenongs, and plenty of on-lead trails, both you and your dog will share some wonderful walks.
Melburnians are fortunate to have this 225-hectare recreational park in the heart of their city. 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. It is also the home of the RSPCA Million Paws Walk every May, the number one metropolitan social event for your dog.
A suburban park with nine kilometres of paths and trails, hectares of open space, and the Dandenong Creek running through it, Jells Park is popular with both human and canine visitors. Please keep your dog on-lead and stay within the ‘dogs allowed’ areas in order to protect native wildlife, including the 150 bird species that call this park home.
Explore a network of on-road and off-road tracks with your canine friends in this rugged coastal park. The park features wild ocean beaches, estuaries and inlets, heathlands and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds. Camping with dogs is also allowed in some areas.
Located a short distance from Melbourne, the park is mostly known for its charcoal burning kiln used during the Second World War and is popular for picnicking, walking and camping, where dogs on leads are allowed.