With the weather starting to turn cooler, soon it will be too cold for our water-loving Labrador to have a daily swim in the nearby dam, so it’s time to revisit some of Canberra’s favourite dog parks.
We’re fortunate in the capital to have several fully enclosed off-leash dog parks. We love that they offer fresh water for pets and their humans, some form of shade (although this varies) and bins to dispose of dog droppings, as well as a great chance for pooches to socialise and have a fantastic time running around.
Tuggeranong – Mortimer Lewis Drive in Greenway, on the shore of Lake Tuggeranong
If you want to feel like you’re really out in nature with your furry friend, this park ticks the boxes. It’s on a big site, so pet owners can have a good walk around, and there are some decent shade trees. Pet owners can enjoy looking out over the lake and perhaps a stroll around the cycle path with a leashed pet later on. It can get dry and dusty in summer though. The good news is that there’s a coffee van selling drinks and snacks just up the road from Thursday to Sunday.
Yarralumla – Banks Street, right near Lake Burley Griffin
Yarralumla is the pick of the dog parks for our pet. It’s in a great spot with well-established trees and plenty of space for our big dog to run around. Some of the other dog parks can get dusty and dry in summer, but the extensive shade at the Yarralumla park means the grassy areas mostly stay green and lush. There are separate enclosures for small and large pets. From the park, it’s an easy walk to the lake, and there’s a dog-friendly swimming spot just a stroll away along nearby Brown Street.
Belconnen – Diddams Close
This park is next to Lake Ginninderra and has two fenced off areas – one for small dogs and the other for large. We love that we can take our huge dog to a space where he can play with other dogs that are similarly big and boisterous. There’s a nice mix of grass and dirt and plenty of places to sit. There’s a dog swimming beach just outside so you can take your pooch for a dip to cool down after they’ve had a romp around.
Forde – Pooley Street
There’s some great agility equipment for dogs here, and your pooch can enjoy climbing on hoops and pipes, but the downside is that there is only one area which all the dogs share. We spent a lot of our time making sure our gentle giant stayed away from smaller dogs who might be scared of his enthusiastic but well-intentioned approach. The park is small, and the times we’ve been there, it has seemed quite crowded with all the dogs in there together. But it’s great exercise for our flabby furry friend.
O’Connor – Fairfax Street
If you like to feel like you’re right in the bush while your dog frolics, then you’ll like this dog park. It’s divided into two areas for large and small dogs, and the former has plenty of shade and grass. The ground is covered in woodchips, so it feels dry and not as welcoming as some of the parks with grassed surfaces, but there’s plenty of seating available so you can enjoy the magnificent eucalypts.
Do you have a favourite dog park? Let us know why you think it’s great.