Canberra Dog Walks features a range of dog walks in Canberra that are pram friendly. We've researched some fun walks that are paved the whole way and dog friendly as well. So you can definitely keep fit, take bub on an outing, and make your dog very happy. Read on for summaries of eight pram friendly dog walks we recommend you try.
The ACT Government has introduced regulations prohibiting off leash dogs within 10 metres of a paved path. All our walk directions have been updated to reflect these rules. While this has reduced the extent of off leash opportunities available to pram walkers on our routes, you can still make short forays 'off-track' into off leash areas such as flat mown ovals and playing fields, and depending on the suitability of your pram, into some informal parks.
Note that while we identify children's playgrounds in our walk directions, ACT Government regulations require dogs to remain 10 metres outside the actual playground while in use.
Curtin pram friendly walk
Hughes pram friendly walk
Kambah pram friendly walk
Kingston pram friendly walk
Lake Ginninderra pram friendly walk
Ngunnawal pram friendly walk
Yarralumla pram friendly walk
Yerrabi Pond pram friendly walk
These pram friendly dog walks follow easy, paved routes and generally include:
- optional, easy, 'off track' wanders to let your dog have an off leash run and play
- pram friendly and dog friendly cafés
- playgrounds along the way in case you have older kids in tow
- pretty parks and streetscapes
- access to toilets and bins
Walks range from between 45 to 90 minutes to complete, strolling at a steady pace including some dawdling time.
Summaries of our Canberra pram friendly dog walks are provided below in alphabetical order. Click on the walk titles for detailed directions and google maps of each walking route.
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Everyone loves this Curtin pram friendly walk showing off our favourite Woden suburb. The walk includes a huge, verdant off leash oval with easy pram access, and further potential off leash opportunities and creek paddles in informal parks adjacent to the paved path. The route is mostly flat, crosses only one road, and in autumn features stunning leaf colour from the abundant mature trees shading the paths. For older kids there's two playgrounds along the way. The 4 km walk starts and ends at the Curtin shops where there are several excellent dog friendly cafés.
The Hughes pram friendly walk is a pleasant, easy stroll providing a variety of suburban and park experiences, with an excellent off leash opportunity at a large green playing field near the beginning of the walk. The route follows pretty paths through informal parks - one with a playground. The 2.5 km walk starts and ends at the Hughes shops featuring a very dog and kid friendly café with sheltered outdoor tables.
Generous open spaces and an extensive network of footpaths make the Kambah pram friendly walk an easy, pleasant experience whether you are pushing a pram or free to wander 'off track'. Dogs love the multiple and extensive irrigated off leash playing fields. There are mountain and hill views from nearly all points on the route and a super dog and kid friendly café on the way providing a tempting stop. This loop walk is fully paved and mostly flat with only one gradual up hill then down hill section in the first part of the walk, and crosses only one quiet road. There are three excellent playgrounds en route. The 5 km walk starts and ends behind the Kambah Village shops, or you could start and end your loop walk at the café.
This Kingston pram friendly walk meanders along attractive suburban streets, past heritage listed cottages, and through very pretty parks. The abundant tall mature trees throughout the route make this a shady option in summer and very colourful in autumn. The walk is on leash but there is access to a generous, green space perfect for dogs to burn off excess energy. Telopea Park en route has an excellent children's playground. The 3 km walk starts and ends at the Kingston shops featuring several dog friendly cafés in Green Square.
Pretty and short, this Lake Ginninderra pram friendly walk in Belconnen loops around the edge of a small peninsula jutting into Lake Ginninderra. The peninsula is entirely covered by a lovely park - Diddams Close Park - featuring mature eucalypts and exotic trees around the lake edge and grassland in the centre. It is especially enjoyable in autumn when tall poplars turn a brilliant yellow. There are several off leash opportunities, including a dog swimming beach, and the Belconnen Dog Park is located at the beginning/end of the walk. No cafés here unfortunately but inviting picnic tables and barbecue facilities, plus playgrounds for older kids. This very easy, 2.5 km mostly flat walk starts and ends at the east end of Diddams Close, Belconnen.
Featuring outstanding mountain and city views, this Ngunnawal pram friendly walk in follows a circuit through a central Gungahlin suburb. There's the option of an off leash foray off track if your pram permits. The route meanders through informal grassy parks, quiet streets and the verdant Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club. The hills are gradual and satisfying without being too taxing for those pushing prams. The 4 km route starts and ends at the tiny Ngunnawal shops; unfortunately there's no café here yet.
Extremely pretty and following a generally flat route meandering around the peninsula of Weston Park, the Yarralumla pram friendly walk offers something different again. The park features mature native and exotic trees, and the lake is nearly always in sight. Dogs must be on leash but the walk starts and ends at the Yarralumla Dog Park where you can give your dog the opportunity to play off leash and socialise with other dogs. There is also a dog off leash swimming area en route. And you'll encounter numerous awesome playgrounds. The 4 km route passes a dog friendly café, or you can drive/walk to the Yarralumla shops for other cafés.
Gungahlin locals have enjoyed this family-friendly, fully paved and flat walk for some time, but the addition of dog off leash areas has raised the Yerrabi Pond pram friendly walk to a whole new level. The super easy route follows the perimeter of Yerrabi Pond featuring shady trees, lovely water views, children's playgrounds and plenty of pretty places to pause. Dogs can enjoy two off leash opportunities: a large grassy area adjacent to the route plus an off leash swim only a short detour away. The 4 km walk starts and ends at the car park off Wunderlich Street where there are public toilets, drinking water, bins and playgrounds. The only lack is a café directly en route.
CDW thanks the wonderful volunteers featured in these photos who gave so generously of their time to illustrate these great pram friendly walks and @chelsy_lee for the beautiful Yerrabi Pond image.