A couple of years back, news that Gardenhill Complex was developing the first high-rise dog friendly apartments in Australia caused an incredible stir online. The building, inclusive of an enclosed ground-floor park where dogs are permitted to wander around off-lead, was set to begin development in Melbourne.
With findings that show more Australians live in households with pets compared to children, and that 2 in every 5 Australian households own a dog, its no wonder that the Gardenhill Complex sold more than 80% of its units in record timings.
But don’t fret if you missed out on buying a unit in this development— Melbourne has repeatedly been rated the most pet-friendly city in Australia, with a plethora of suburbs consisting of dog parks within walking distance from wherever you reside.
Using stats from Liveable, we found a variety of suburbs with a high number of parks in the area to ensure that you and your furry friend will be spoilt for choice:
Princes Park is nestled in the heart of Carlton North, and is one of the few parks available for your four-legged friends to be able to roam free, off-leash. It is the best compromise for someone who is also looking to have a good work out while simultaneously taking their dog on a walk, as the area is surrounded by a massive jogging track.
1 BR: $335/ week
2BR: $482/ week
Hawthorn is home to two gorgeous parks— Grace Park and Fairview park. The former is centrally located, and consists of a picture perfect oak-lined boulevard that runs through its centre. It also has a playground that your little ones will definitely delight in.
Fairview park on the other hand, is a grassy space just off Riversdale Road. With its vast oval, this park is particularly popular with the four-legged community and you would be able to see balls being hurled across the field at any time of the day. It also consists of a river, making it the perfect spot for a casual stroll on a Sunday morning.
Hawthorn, with its low crime rates, would also be ideal for people who often work late or prefer to take their dog for walks after sunset.
1 BR: $295/ week
2 BR: $425/ week
Just because lil Fido and you live in the city centre doesn’t mean that you have to give up the luxury of having parks nearby. In fact, Melbourne has multiple dog parks scattered across its city centre. Our two favourites are Clayton Reserve and Yarra Bend Park— both which allow for dogs to be off-leash.
Clayton Reserve is securely fenced off so that you can relax while your pooch socialises and runs free with other dogs. With a peace of mind, Clayton Reserve is also ideal for dog owners to rub shoulders and mingle with each other.
Yarra Bend Park, located near the CBD, is one of the largest multi-zoned parks in the city. This natural bushland has an open woodlands that can be explored so your walks with your pup will never become routine or boring.
1BR: $385/ week
2 BR: $550/ week
Edinburgh Gardens is one of the more popular parks located in North Fitzroy, constantly filled with people having BBQs, playing footy or skateboarding. The gardens also have many eateries and pubs nearby, with friendly staff that will welcome your pooch with a bowl of water and endless pats.
Darling Park is just that— absolutely darling. Despite its smaller size, it is packed with lush greenery and has a great community atmosphere.
1 BR: $395/ week
2 BR: $550/ week
Grab your walking shoes and head out with your furry friend to Broadmeadows Valley Park. It has multiple feature walks that can take you through scrubby bush or by river banks, depending on what you fancy.
With its slightly lower price tag compared to the aforementioned suburbs, Broadmeadows is a viable option for students on a budget who are happy to live slightly further away from Melbourne’s CBD.
1 BR: $220
2 BR: $320