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The best off-leash dog areas in Melbourne

You and your best friend can both run free at these off-leash dog parks and beaches in the city

Photograph: Robert Polmear

Off-leash dog parks and beaches

Albert Park

A huge 225 hectares of parkland takes in the areas around Albert Park and the Albert Park Lake–but did you know there is an expansive off-leash dog area? The Coot Picnic Area at the far end has barbecues and a playground. Aughtie Dr, Alber t Park. Albert Park off-leash area is between Alan Davidson Field and Hockey Drive. 

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South Melbourne

Darebin Parklands

It’s almost too good to be true: 33 hectares of parklands including a huge off-leash area, free electric BBQs, and on-leash walking trails – all only 8km from the city. Enter either via Separation St, Alphington, or from Rockbeare Grove, Ivanhoe. 

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Merri Creek Trail

This 25km-long trail zigs and zags through parks, wetlands, Coburg Lake Reserve,the Brunswick Velodrome and CERES Community Environment Park (where you can stop for a coffee). As you dip down into the greenery following the creek, you’d barely know that bustling Brunswick and North Fitzroy were just around the corner. We recommend starting at CERES Community Environment Park, Roberts St, Brunswick East – and making your way south from there. 

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Fitzroy North

Princes Park

There are two designated off-leash areas in this Carlton North oasis. The more popular one is off Bowen Crescent – stop off for some doggy socialising before jogging the circuit complete with interval exercise stations. Plus, all the cafeĢs on Rathdowne Street are only metresaway. Royal Pde, Carlton. Park on Bowen Crescent on the Lygon Street side to access the dog park. 

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Carlton North

St Kilda dog beaches

There are two off-leash dog beaches in St Kilda: The stretch of sand along Pier Road and between Brooks Jetty and the car park towards St Kilda Marina (just down from Luna Park). You and your bestie can frolic in the shallow water all year round. Off-leash beach is either along Pier Road, St Kilda to the drainage channel at the northwest end of Pier Road, or between Brooks Jetty and the northern end of the car park towards St Kilda Marina. 

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St Kilda

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