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Melbourne's best off leash parks
Darebin Parklands, Alphington
Decisions, decisions - a swim or a run?
Darebin Parklands (co-managed by Darebin and Banyule) is a beautiful space to explore with your dog. On approximately 33 hectares and only 8 km from the CBD, there are wetlands, ponds, bushland, walking tracks and lots of open space.
If this sounds great, it gets even better: There is a large, safe off leash area along Darebin Creek at the northern end of the park. Dogs have access to the creek at two points, so remember to bring a towel! The off leash area has no walking tracks so come in your wellies if the weather has been wet.
More information about Darebin Parklands
Reviewed by Simone and Leya
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Gardiners Creek Reserve, Burwood
A dog beach in the middle of the SE suburbs!
Let your dog run wild with lots of doggy friends in this beautiful park. Safely separated from traffic in most parts, all you have to worry about is how to get your wet and muddy pooch home after he has enjoyed all Gardiners Creek has to offer.
Even the playground is fenced off for extra peace of mind. In summer, the only problem you might face are well attended BBQs on the weekends. I'm not sure about your dog, but Giro in particular finds the smell of meat on the BBQs quite irresistible, particularly since someone actually fed him a large piece of meat there once! Maybe they thought it would make the dog go away. Needless to say, such an amazing reinforcement has made Giro check out that particular BBQ site very carefully every time we go there.
For details on how to get there, where to park and other relevant information, please see this map of Gardiners Creek off leash reserve.
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Warrandyte River Reserve, Warrandyte
Enjoying the Yarra together.
Stroll along the Yarra for miles with your best friend, stopping off at one of the dog-friendly cafes - The Bakery and The Warrandyte Cafe - for a pleasant break on a sunny day. This reserve is surely one of the best places in Melbourne to enjoy life with your dog.
Click here to see a map of this walk.
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