Dog friendly parks in Melbourne

Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs have a large range of parks suitable for you and your dog to visit. While some of those parks have designated off lead areas, some do require your dog to be on a lead at all times.

A selection of some popular parks are listed below.

Albert Park

Location: Albert Park, 3 km south of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash unless in a designated off leash area
  • The designated off leash areas are along Albert Road and some of the sports areas along Aughtie Drive
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Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Location: Sherbrooke, 45 km east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Cardinia Reservoir Park

Location: Emerald, 45 km south-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs not permitted on the Kangaroo Viewing Trail or at Aura Vale Lake Park

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

Location: Endeavour Hills, 32 km south-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs allowed on a leash in some areas of the park including the picnic area and Woodland Walk
  • Dogs allowed off leash on the two ovals next to Brady Road

Emerald Lake Park

Location: Emerald, 50 km east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Fawkner Park

Location: South Yarra, 3 km south of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs allowed off leash along western side of park and south of Cordner Oval
  • In all other areas, dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs prohibited in north-east corner of park between Toorak Road and Pasley Street
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George Tindale Memorial Gardens

Location: Sherbrooke, 46 km east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Greenvale Reservoir Park

Location: Greenvale, 25 km north of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Jells Park

Location: Wheelers Hill, 24 km south-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs prohibited in conservation areas and sign-posted bushland zones

Karkarook Park

Location: Heatherton, 19 km south-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • There is a signed off leash area near Fairchild Street where dogs must be under effective voice control
  • In all other areas, dogs must be on a leash

Maroondah Reservoir Park

Location: Healesville, 65 km north-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs are prohibited on the walking tracks between Maroondah Reservoir Park to Donnellys Weir Park

Mullum Mullum Park

Location: Donvale and Mitcham, 26 km east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Point Gellibrand Heritage Park

Location: Williamstown, 15 km south-west of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Location: Olinda, 49 km east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Location: Melbourne, 2 km south of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs not permitted in Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

Royal Park

Location: Parkville, 3 km north of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs allowed off leash at Poplar Oval, McPherson Field and an area surrounding the central native grasslands
  • In all other areas, dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs prohibited in Australian Native Garden, at the rear of the Royal Childrens Hospital, the billabong along Flemington Road and the wetlands near Ross Straw Field
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Silvan Reservoir Park

Location: Silvan, 49 km east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs only permitted in picnic areas and not along forested walking tracks

Wattle Park

Location: Burwood, 13 km east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Werribee River Park

Location: Cocoroc, 34 km south-west of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs are prohibited in designated conservation zones

Westerfolds Park

Location: Templestowe, 20 km north-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Westgate Park

Location: Port Melbourne, 6 km south-west of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Yan Yean Reservoir Park

Location: Yan Yean, 36 km north-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • Dogs must be on a leash

Yarra Bend Park

Location: Kew and Fairfield, 5 km north-east of Melbourne CBD
Information: see park website

  • There are designated off leash areas near Deep Rock, along the northern side of the Eastern Freeway and Westerfield Picnic area
  • The area below Deep Rock is ideal for dogs to enter the Yarra River
  • In all other areas, dogs must be on a leash
  • Dogs prohibited in bushland conservation areas
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