Terrific Tuggers walk – dog and kid friendly

canberradogwalks 20 May 2020 3

Looking for a great walk in Tuggeranong that’s not too long, which is dog and kid friendly, and includes a great cafe to boot?


We’ve just researched a beautiful walk showcasing a typical slice of the best Tuggeranong has to offer. It starts and ends at the Gowrie shops and only takes a relaxed 90 minutes to complete (we also suggest shorter options if this is too long!). You can see our free, detailed walking directions at Canberra Dog Walks but read on for a preview.


Meandering through the well established suburbs of Gowrie and Fadden, the route follows a series of interconnected open spaces.

You’ll pass through the huge Gowrie playing fields, where dogs can roam off leash if sports games aren’t on, then into the Fadden Pines, also designated an off leash area.


Fadden Pines is a great destination in itself boasting a shady, cool pine forest to explore and a large recreational and picnic area with an adventure playground and skateboard ramps. If you have kids, you might not be able to tear them away to continue the walk. (But note the playgrounds are out-of-bounds for dogs.)


If you press on, you’ll reach a little nature park (dogs on leash) with fantastic views of the Brindabella Mountains and the Tuggeranong Valley. It’s also likely you’ll meet the resident mob of kangaroos who show little fear of walkers and their (on leash) dogs.


Then it’s all down hill through the suburbs, following more off leash routes back to the Gowrie shops.

There you can replace some of those burned off calories at the Common Grounds cafe. It offers excellent coffee, breakfast and lunch, and there are lots of outdoor tables out the back for walkers with dogs.

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See free, detailed directions for lots of dog-friendly and kid-friendly walking routes in Canberra at Canberra Dog Walks.

If you are looking for a dog walker or pet sitter in Canberra, check out our recently updated ‘The Best Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters in Canberra’ article.

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3 Responses to Terrific Tuggers walk – dog and kid friendly
canberradogwalks canberradogwalks 1:14 pm 21 Aug 14

miz said :

Yes it’s lovely! But are you sure Fadden Pines is an off-leash area? If it is, that is a concern given that it is a children’s playground.

Hi miz – Yes we checked the current ACT Government dog exercise area map which is available on line. The Fadden Pines area is definitely off leash, but dogs must still not be within 10 metres of playgrounds – as emphasised in our detailed walking directions (link in our article). The new dog exercise area map currently under consultation would increase the ‘dogs prohibited’ boundaries around the playground/picnic areas but this is still proposed not yet in force, and the other part of the Fadden Pines reserve would still be off leash.

miz miz 1:17 pm 20 Aug 14

Yes it’s lovely! But are you sure Fadden Pines is an off-leash area? If it is, that is a concern given that it is a children’s playground.

watto23 watto23 11:39 am 19 Aug 14

I grew up in gowrie and had no idea a cafe opened up there. What did it replace? there was a supermarket and pharmacy last time i drove by. Actually remember when it was a Shop-rite!

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