Top 8 doggy hangs in Melbourne


It’s no surprise as one of the most liveable cities in the world that Melbourne has an abundance of well maintained dog friendly areas that will be the closest thing to doggy heaven you will find! No matter where in Melbourne you live, we are spoilt for choice with amazing dog-friendly parks, beaches and cafes where doggos can play fetch, socialise with other pups and run to their heart’s content. With leash-free parks and dog friendly areas in most councils, there are literally hundreds of doggie play spots to choose from and we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourites.

Sandown Street Beach (Brighton Dog Beach), Brighton

At the top of our list is Sandown Street Beach also known as the Brighton Dog Beach. With sweeping views of the city as a backdrop, this leash-free dog beach has plenty to offer your pup – sand dunes to explore, shrubbery to sniff and shallow surf & water to paddle in! So whether you live Bayside or need to jump in the car, make sure you take your pup down for a splash!

Citizens Park, Richmond

A local favourite for owners, Citizens Park is a fenced dog park in the heart of Richmond where your pup can roam leash-free to their heart’s content. The park doubles up as a sporting ground so it may occasionally be unavailable to dog owners when there is a match on. However with so many different users the park is well maintained and continuously upgraded. The park has a large playground of kids and plenty of dog bowls and even doggy bags available and is a daily haunt for Richmond dogs large and small.  

Princes Park, Carlton North

With two dedicated off-leash areas Princes Park has plenty to offer your pup – one located at the south end of the park near Crawford Oval and the other situated along the North end of the park near Bowen Crescent. The Lost Dogs Home has also hosted their Dogs in the Park session at Princes Park which is a free interactive session that are designed to help you enhance your doggo’s experience at both on and off-leash dog parks.

Chapel Street Precinct, South Yarra

Long a favourite for Melbourne’s fashionistas, the Chapel Street precinct has recently become permanently pet friendly with more than 350 businesses including, gyms, banks, salons and eateries opening their doors to our furry friends. Participating stores will display a paw print logo in the window. Whether you want some company running errands or are planning a spa day, Chapel street is a vibrant and fun place to spend a day with your pooch in a more urban environment.

Burns Reserve (Altona Dog Beach), Seaholme

Best at low tide, the popular Altona Dog Beach is located just off PA Burns Reserve, a half hour’s drive west of the City. At low tide, the sand flats stretch out for quite a distance, providing plenty of room for dogs to run about and catch the breaks. The beach is also set a reasonable distance from the road making it safe for doggies who are still working on their recall response!

Jells Park, Wheelers Hill

With 127 hectares of parkland to explore, Jells Park is the ultimate spot for an adventure-seeking doggo. Although this isn’t a dedicated dog park (dogs need to remain on-leash), with over 9kms of paths and trails, Jells Park will be a great adventure for you and your pup and they will be rewarded with a multitude of smells, sounds and sights!

The Farm Café, Abbotsford

The Farm Café is a beautiful dog-friendly eatery serving all day brunch in the idyllic surrounds of the Collingwood Children’s farm and Abbotsford Convent. To go with the rustic charm and great natural menu the lush greenery and surrounds are fantastic for exploring and a well-deserved post-brunch romp. A top choice for a day out for kids and dogs of all ages.

Albert Park, Albert Park

Home to the RSPCA Million Paws Walk in Melbourne, Albert Park has oodles of space for dogs to walk, run and play. While the park is multi-zoned and a majority of it is designated as an on-leash area, there are off-lead spots tucked away near the Northern end of the park near Albert Road or near the sports fields, west of Aughtie Drive. Outside of the exclusion areas (including the lake and playgrounds), this is a great spot for a doggy’s day out.    

With so many great dog parks and beaches to choose from, Melbourne really is one of the most liveable cities – even for our pups! If you want to check out some more local options, visit your council website for a full list.   


About the author

Andrew is a certified canine nutritionist with a passion for helping all dogs live longer, healthier and happier lives through proper nutrition, care and owner education. Currently a doting Dad to Daisy, a loveable Golden Retriever. Over the years he has loved and cared for Australian Terriers, Border Collies and a particularly sweet Maltese Shih-Tzu.