great Australian parks and beaches for dogs

Feeding the best dog food is a great start to helping your dog live a happy, healthy, balanced life, but its also important to get lots of exercise too. Recently we asked Balanced Life fans on Facebook to send us their favourite parks and beaches across Australia. We’ve put together some of the best below.

Sydney

Rowland Reserve/Bayview Dog Park & Beach – a hotspot for dog walkers with a grassed area and sandy spit jutting out into Pittswater. As Courtnie puts it “it’s even great for those insta photos” ​

Sydney Park, Alexandria – almost fully off leash with some great landscaping, historic chimneys and an ace playground. Thanks for the tip Audrey!

Dumaresq Reserve – walk your pup with a view of Sydney Harbour and take her for a swim at Rose Bay after.

Rowland Reserve, Sydney, @pippathe_pup

Sandown St Beach, Brighton @michmc84

Melbourne

Brighton/Sandown St Beach – just up from the iconic beach huts, an off leash beach with a view of the Melbourne skyline. Thanks Natasha!

Aranga Reserve – with 2 obstacle courses for dogs this might be the most exciting park in Melbourne. Obey the ‘Space Etiquette for Dogs’ sign!

Princes Park – one of Melbournes most popular parks complete with exercise stations, Carlton FC and LARPers. Head to Bowens Crescent for off-leash fun.

Brisbane

Point Cartwright Reserve, Buddina Park – great Sunshine Coast views with off-leash areas and beach access round the corner

Kedron Brook Floodway, Gordon Park – a great area of off-leash parks and spots for your dogs to splash in the brook

Sunset Park, Ashgrove – a bit further out but a great place to watch the sun go down while the dogs roam this large park

Kedron Brook Floodway www.mustdobrisbane.com

Perth

Mosman Beach – a great, long beach often strewn with seaweed for foraging furballs

Jacks Marks Park, Mt Lawley – popular off-leash, fully fenced park. Thanks Ash for the tip! ​

Peace Park, Parmelia – increase the peace with two parks dedicated to small dogs and big dogs, and even a small obstacle course.

Hobart

Sphinx Rock, Wellington Reserve – if you’re happy keeping your dog on the lead this 3km walk rewards you with great views of Mt Wellington

Marieville Esplanade – on the shore of the River Derwent, surrounded by sailing clubs and with a playground and BBQs to boot

Howrah Beach – one half of the beach is dog-friendly with delightful views across the Derwent to Hobart (thanks for the tip Sasha)

Sphinx Rock, Hobart, hippieprincess23

Commonwealth Park, Canberra, @mowgli_diva_echo_spyro_harper

Canberra

Tuggeranong Dog Park – great views of Lake Tuggeranong and the Brindabellas

O’Connor Dog Park – opened in 2014, its got two large areas for large and smaller dogs, a well-gravelled carpark and very nice fountains for dogs and humans

Commonwealth Park – as Balanced Life fan Karen puts it “beautiful spots for them cute instagram pics”

Adelaide

Holdfast Dog Centre – a nirvana of paddling pools, playgrounds and agility equipment in the Brighton Sports Complex in Brighton

​Tedder Reserve Pooch Park – one of the first dedicated dog parks in Adelaide, fenced in with a great obstacle course ​

Middleton Beach, Alexandrina – a large, off-leash beach outside Adelaide (thanks Jill)

Tedder Reserve @simonforby

Hopefully that’s given you some ideas of great places to walk your dog. And remember a happy, healthy, balanced life requires not just exercise but healthy, natural food too.

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