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
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By Time Out editors |
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These off-leash dog areas in Melbourne lets doggos (and their owners) breathe a little fresh air. Aside from letting dogs feel something other than concrete beneath their paws, at these Melbourne dog parks, you can also give your dog the one thing it wants besides you: play time with other four-legged pups.  

Get to know more pups in the city with our dog-friendly guide to Melbourne. Or if it's green spaces you're looking for, take a look at some of these secret gardens around town

Off-leash dog parks and beaches

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Albert Park

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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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Darebin Parklands

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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

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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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Brighton Beach

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You can take your best mate to see Brighton's famed beach boxes off lead between 7.30pm and 10am from November 1 to March 31, and off lead at all times April 1 to October 31.

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Princes Park

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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 cafés 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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St Kilda dog beaches

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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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