It’s a widely known fact that dogs are the best things to walk this planet, and the doggy play date has to be one of the best ways to socialise in Perth. Whether you join a friend and their pooch or meet some new pups and their owners at a park, there is plenty of fun to be had by all.
Here are the best dog friendly parks in Perth, so go on and organise your next doggy play date.
Jack Marks Park
This adorable little park in Highgate is a pet lovers dream. Fully enclosed, with enough room for small to medium sized dogs to have a good run around—complete with park benches, plenty of shade, a pet water bowl, community dog toy box and even a fenced playground to keep the kiddos out of harm's way. Grab a coffee from Lincoln’s 102 and you’ve got a pawfect pet date right there!
When people aren’t playing sports, dogs are free to roam DeLacey Reserve in Maylands as they please. There’s plenty of room for pooches of all sizes to stretch their legs and socialise with each other. Remember to pack some balls or frisbees, and some water for your pooch of course.
With two parks dedicated to small dogs and big dogs, you don’t have to worry about your giant dog-o bowling over small puppers at Peace Park in Parmelia. There are some sheltered areas and even a small obstacle course for your furry friends to enjoy.
One of our favourite dog friendly parks in Perth, if you haven’t had a doggy play date at Riverside Gardens in Bayswater you need to arrange one, stat! There are plenty of walking tracks, open grassy spaces and even the Swan River to take advantage of. Grab a picnic at Smoult’s in Maylands and you’re all set.
Bold Park is our favourite anytime park, but did you know this place is dog friendly too? You have to keep your puppers on the leash, but it’s oh so perfect for play dates, plus you can get some exercise too.
Sir James Mitchell Park
With one helluva view of the Perth skyline, Sir James Mitchell Park is perfect for doggy play dates. Grab a coffee from one of the awesome cafes in South Perth, then let your pooch friends lead the way!
Charles Veryard Reserve
Whiteman Park Dog Park
Your puppers will really be able to stretch their legs across the 2.5-hectare expanse of Whiteman Park’s dog park. Completely fenced with an obstacle course specially designed for dogs, you’ll find this wonderland near car park 23. There’s also plenty of shade, water bowls, walking paths and a separate area for small pups.
This leafy little park in City Beach is one of the best spots for doggy play dates in Perth largely due to the fact that Fat Fish Ramen, The Groper & His Wife, Acai Brothers and Park & Vine are nearby in the Empire Village precinct. Grab some fish and chips and watch your fur pals frolic about in the shady park.
The Jorgensen Park Walk is a must-do for pooch owners in Perth. The 2.3km loop offers beautiful vistas, plenty of wide, open spaces and even a jaunt along the Bibbulmun track. Your dogs can have some off-leash fun and you can stop by one of the neighbouring cafes for a pick-me-up on the way home.
Yarra Vista Dog Park
More agility equipment to enjoy, fenced off areas, shade and seats, Yarra Vista Dog Park in Jandakot is a must visit. Located off Dean Street, this place is usually bustling with activity on the weekends so it’ll be easy for your furry companion to make some friends of their own.
Carrington Road Dog Park
With a fenced off area for your pooch and your kids, no one’s escaping from Carrington Road Dog Park in Nedlands. There are lots of pretty trees and picnic benches so you can settle in for a day of fun!
If you’ve got a few water pups on your hands, check out Minim Cove in Mosman Park. You’ll find a lovely little outlet of the Swan River right next to an off lead dog park, plus BBQs, shade and plenty of sand to dig in.
Inglewood Dog Park
Complete with sand pit, jumping logs, grassy areas and water bowls, Inglewood Dog Park is fenced off so there’s no chance of any runaways. Put your feet up in the gazebo and watch the madness unfold.
Aveley Dog Adventure Park
A dog park worth travelling for, Aveley Dog Adventure Park is jam-packed with fun for your doggo. There are sections for small and large dogs, agility equipment, water fountains and seats for yours truly.
Asquith Street Reserve
On the smaller side, Asquith Street Reserve in Claremont is the perfect playground for smaller dogs and it’s right next to the Mt Claremont Village Bakery, so you can get a treat on the way home. Saturday morning made!
Prefer doggy play dates with food? Check out 10 Of Our Favourite Dog-Friendly Cafes In Perth!
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