Canberra dog parks – fenced off leash areas

May 19, 2017 Georgia

Canberra and nearby towns have several excellent fully fenced dog parks that provide safe, off leash areas for dogs to exercise and socialise - both essential for keeping your dog happy and healthy. Here's all you need to know about Canberra dog parks, Queanbeyan Dog Park and Yass Dog Park.

 

General info and rules
Belconnen Dog Park
Casey Dog Park
Forde Dog Park
O'Connor Dog Park
Tuggeranong Dog Park
Queanbeyan Dog Park
Yarralumla Dog Park
Yass Dog Park
Canberra and Queanbeyan dog parks map
Yass Dog Park map

 

The Canberra, Queanbeyan and Yass dog parks include:

  • separate areas for small, very young or older dogs that need quieter interactions (except Forde dog park)
  • fresh water for dogs and humans (except Yass dog park)
  • shade trees
  • bins (but make sure you bring your own poo bags).

While the parks are off leash, it's not a free for all! Make sure you know the dog park rules and your responsibilities when using the parks. See the ACT Government's website for a detailed explanation of dog park etiquette, do's and don'ts. Each park also has a summary of rules posted on the entry gate.

There are six dog parks in Canberra, one in nearby Queanbeyan and one in Yass a bit further down the road. Note - two dog parks have recently opened in Googong and a new dog park is scheduled to open in Duffy in 2018.

Here's everything you need to know about each dog park, listed below in alphabetical order. The Canberra/Queanbeyan and Yass maps at the end of this blog show the precise location of each dog park.
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Belconnen Dog Park

Where: Diddams Close, Belconnen, adjacent to Lake Ginninderra
Description: In a pretty location within parkland along Lake Ginninderra, the Belconnen Dog Park has separate large and small dog areas. Tall eucalypts provide reasonable shade and there are some good grassy as well as dirt surfaces. There are several benches for humans.
Features: a very convenient (humans') toilet block near the gate, plus a very family friendly, dog friendly and pretty walk starts here - see our detailed Lake Ginninderra walk directions that includes a dog swimming beach just outside the dog park.

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Casey Dog Park

Where: Yeend Avenue (just off Horse Park Drive turn-off), Casey
Description: With a lovely view over grassland and new suburbs, Casey Dog Park provides two generous-sized separate areas for large and small dogs, both well shaded with eucalypts. Surfaces are a mixture of dirt and gravel, with some grassy areas remaining in the corners furthest from the gate.
Features: the friendly people!

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Forde Dog Park

Where: Pooley Street (opposite junction with Zorzi Street), Forde
Description: Forde Dog Park is the smallest Canberra Dog Park with only one area shared by all dogs. This might make it too stressful for smaller or more timid dogs when there are boisterous, dominant dogs in the park, or just too many dogs at one time. There are some large eucalypts providing shade around the park, but it can get hot if visiting in the middle of the day. The surface is tanbark.
Features: a large range of 'agility' dog equipment including hoops, hurdles and pipes.

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O'Connor Dog Park

Where: Fairfax Street (near the round-a-bout at the intersection of Fairfax and Dryandra Streets), O'Connor
Description: O'Connor Dog Park is the newest Canberra Dog Park boasting two large segregated enclosures for large and smaller dogs, a well-gravelled carpark and very groovy looking human-dog drinking fountains. The large dog enclosure has good shade provided by mature eucalypts and a mix of grass and woodchip surface; the small dog enclosure is more exposed with only a woodchip surface. Bins are located outside each gate and there's plenty of benches for humans.
Features: the bush setting and enthusiastic patrons.

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Queanbeyan Dog Park

Where: Southbar Road, at the entrance of The Scar nature reserve (near the junction with Tharwa Road)
Description: Just over the ACT border, Queanbeyan Dog Park features separate areas for large and small dogs and a few pieces of 'agility' equipment. Unfortunately the lack of trees and gravel surface makes it unattractive on hot days, despite the friendly Queanbeyan locals.
Features: the great views from the top of The Scar if you make the effort to trek out of the park uphill for a few minutes.

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Tuggeranong Dog Park

Where: Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway, adjacent to Lake Tuggeranong
Description: Tuggeranong Dog Park is in a lovely location with pretty views over Lake Tuggeranong and to the Brindabellas beyond. It provides generously sized separate areas for large and small dogs, boasts mature eucalypts with good shade, a few grassy spots, and benches for humans. And now there's Mimi's Pitstop coffee van offering drinks and snacks only 300 metres away on Mortimer Lewis Drive from 8 am Thursday to Sunday.
Features: the great views.

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Yarralumla Dog Park

Where: Banks Street (opposite Brown Street junction), Yarralumla, adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin
Description: In one of Canberra's older suburbs, Yarralumla Dog Park boasts an elite location next to historic Westbourne Woods. Mature tall pines provide excellent shade and there are vistas beyond into the beautifully treed Royal Canberra Golf Club and Weston Park. Dogs may also spy kangaroos through the fence on the golf course. Generous separate areas with grassy spots are provided for large and small dogs, and there are benches for humans.
Features: a dog swimming beach on Lake Burley Griffin just outside the park adjacent to Brown Street, and a great dog friendly walk nearby (see Yarralumla walk or Yarralumla pram friendly walk for full directions).

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Yass Dog Park

Where: Yass Valley Way - coming from the town centre travelling west, take the first right into a car park immediately after crossing the Hume bridge over the Yass River.
Description: Yass Dog Park boasts three, yes three, fenced areas. The largest is for boisterous and confident dogs, another for smaller or less confident dogs, and a third for dogs just starting out. There's plenty of shade and parking, plus rubbish and recycling bins. There is also very pretty walking available on well paved footpaths along the adjacent riverside (marked on the Yass map below). Unfortunately there is no onsite water.
Features: the riverside location and the wonderful Thyme to Taste cafe/deli just across the river serving great coffee welcomes dogs in an outdoor courtyard accessed by the rear lane.

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Interested in exploring more of Canberra with your dog? Try some of our great Canberra dog friendly walks showcasing the best of Canberra and featuring off leash areas, dog friendly cafes and more.

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Canberra and Queanbeyan dog parks location map

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Yass Dog Park location map

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