Updated March 18, 2021
Here’s our list of all the fully fenced off leash dog parks in Adelaide. There’s a map at the start showing where each dog park is. Please also visit:
We’ve visited every park, taken photos and noted their features. But what exactly is a dog park? They are specially designated by councils and usually have:
- 24 hour off-leash permission
- Double-gating at entrances
- No shared use with other activities
- Dog amusements, dog watering facilities and shelters for owners
- Separate areas (those that don’t I’ve called single)
Gold medal: City of Salisbury with nine dog parks! Walkerville & Holdfast Bay: still on the starting line. See the full list after the map.
Adelaide: Pityarilla Dog Park
Glen Osmond Road
This new double park adjoins the ever-popular Marshmallow Park play area in the South Parklands. It has medium-sized small and large dog areas, shelters and water.
Aldinga Beach: Symonds Reserve Dog Park
Separate small and large dog areas are provided within a larger reserve. This park is very new and has minimal shade or amusements but should improve as plantings mature.
Andrews Farm: Stebonheath Dog Park
Small single dog park at the western end of a large park & lake with walking paths and sporting facilities.
Balhannah Off Leash Area
Though commonly called Balhannah Dog Park, this one isn’t a true dog park due to the lack of full fencing and double gates. However, we’ve included it due to its immense size, uniqueness and popularity.
Located just off Greenhill Road, it’s contained within a loop in the Onkaparinga River.
Birkenhead: Adelaide Brighton Community Dog Park
cnr Alfred St & Hargrave St
Top marks to a private company for creating such an excellent public dog space! A beautifully-landscaped small single park with mounds, a grassy hollow, rocks and vegetation.
Blakeview Pooch Park
Access via Jabez Way.
Small single park set between Main North Road and Blakeview.
Can get quite wet underfoot after heavy rains.
Broadview Dog Park
Small single dog park but many owners also let their dogs run on Broadview oval when not in use. Good facilities.
Devon Park Puppy Park
Small single park with obstacles, ramps, tunnels etc adjacent large sports field. Presumably ‘puppy’ means all small dogs.
Flagstaff Hill: Minkarra Dog Park
cnr Happy Valley Drive & Manning Rd.
Single large dog park near a skate park & playground.
Flinders Park: Tedder Reserve Pooch Park
Findon Rd & Belgrave Ave.
Single dog park adjacent the River Torrens Linear Park.
Gawler: Clonlea Reserve Dog Park
Gawler Council have built a large double dog park at Clonlea Reserve north of the helicopter landing area. It has separate fenced off areas for small & large dogs and solar lighting. The photo shows the large dog park looking through to the small dog park at the back.
Glengowrie: Hazelmere Road Reserve Dog Park
cnr Oaklands Rd. & Hazelmere Rd,
Huge park divided into two. Shelters, water, toilets and many plantings may make this one of the best in Adelaide. Both the ‘small dog’ and ‘all dog’ areas can be entered from the carpark at Southern Ave. The large ‘all dog’ area has another access from Hazelmere Road (pictured).
Glenside: Conyngham Street Dog Park
Large single open grassed area with muddy patches in winter.
Golden Grove Dog Park
Unusual linear layout like a walking circuit (most do it clockwise). The entrance & exit are side by side.
Hectorville: Four Paws Park
cnr Montacute & St Bernards Rd (behind petrol station)
Popular and attractive medium-sized single park with good variety of amusements and mature shady trees. Illuminated
Hillbank: Jo Gapper Dog Park
Small & large dog areas
Lovely setting on an open wooded hillside above the suburb.
Holden Hill: Bentley Reserve Dog Park
Good-sized large dog area with central mound.
Separate very small enclosure for small dogs.
Huntfield Heights: Dinton Farm Reserve Dog Park
cnr Melsetter Road & Main South Rd.
Single medium-sized dog park with drinking water, plantings, and a lawn area with shade trees. The grass may be a bit thin, but it’s very popular with locals.
Joslin/St Peters: Hannaford Reserve (proposed)
cnr Winchester St and Seventh Avenue.
In 2020, Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council have announced their intention to convert Hannaford Reserve into a dog park. Currently the location is off leash at all times, and the upgrade would be very welcome to improve facilities and reduce dog escapes.
Kilburn: Jack Watkins Reserve
Car parking either off Churchill Rd next to Costco or Kilburn rwy station Carroll Rd
Separate large and small dog areas in middle of secluded large park
Marleston: West Torrens Dog Park
Westside Bikeway, Moss Ave.
Separate small and all dog areas, lovely moderate-sized parks close to the city and Anzac Highway. Good to see vegetation in the small dog park for dogs that like to explore.
The West Torrens Dog Park is set aside for retired and adopted Greyhounds from 9 am – 12 noon on the fourth Sunday of each month. Owners can book a one-hour session here (maximum 15 bookings per session).
For Greyhounds, see also Port Elliot Dog Park.
Mawson Lakes: Dry Creek Linear Park
Park Way, near Technology Park
Small single dog park at the southeastern end of a beautiful walk along Dry Creek from Mawson Lakes. Solar lighting.
Mt Barker: Barka Park
Access from end of Zanker Drive (nr Bluestone Estate). Signposted from Flaxley Rd.
Vast large dog area with range of amusements; separate small dog area also good sized, mostly grass.
North Adelaide Dog Park
Between Main North Rd, Lefevre Rd, Medindie Rd & Robe Tce.
Vast pair of illuminated parks for small & large dogs. Parking best via Medindie Rd (closer to LeFevre Rd but shrubby & secluded approach).
Northfield: L J Lewis Reserve
Grand Junction Rd.
Nice quiet location with a recently rebuilt set of three dog parks.
The photo shows one of the smaller parks (the second is to the left) looking through to the larger park behind where most people go.
Panorama: CC Hood Reserve
Access from Eliza Place
Large single dog park in the middle of CC Hood reserve.
Good local amenities.
Para Hills West: The Paddocks Reserve
Single medium sized park close to Maxwell Rd.
Plus adjacent woodland & wetland where dogs can be walked on-leash.
Parafield Gardens: Baltimore Reserve
Single medium-sized park attractively well vegetated with native trees and shrubs.
Adjacent sports oval.
Para Vista: Golding Oval
cnr Redhill Rd & Kalina Ave.
Medium-sized dog park with two separate areas, presumably for small & large dogs. Adjacent sports oval.
Paralowie Dog Park
Kingswood Crescent Reserve.
Medium sized single dog park.
Access either via Bolivar Rd or Caulfield Crescent.
Pooraka: Unity Park
South Tce. Single large dog park. Solar lighting.
Behind Gepps Cross BMX club, near good walks around a lake & the state sports park.
Ridgehaven: Ashley Avenue Dog Park
Access via Ashley Ave or Milne Rd.
This dog park isn’t actually fully fenced. Instead it’s a designated area between a series of sports fields and a creek, set well back from the surrounding roads.
Ridleyton: Doggie Land
Albert Greenshields Reserve
The Ridleyton Dog Park is new in 2018. It has a smaller area for older, calmer or shy dogs and a larger area for dogs happy to freely socialise, though still much smaller than the nearby North Adelaide Dog Parks.
Salisbury Heights: Canterbury Reserve
A single medium-sized dog park (with solar light) behind the mound that separates Canterbury reserve from Main North Road.
Salisbury North: Happy Home Reserve
Waterloo Corner Rd.
Standard medium-sized park. The unusual feature is a smaller area (pictured in foreground) with picnic tables and a sand pit.
Close to Salisbury, near a playground and walking trails on the Little Para River.
Salisbury Park: Jenkins Reserve
Saints Rd. Two separate large areas in a secluded setting generally closed at sunset.
Large reserve with parking adjacent a good dog walk along the Little Para.
St Clair: Pooch Park
Cheltenham Parade & Torrens Road, St Clair
The St Clair Dog Park is part of a new development. It is a small single park, but nicely landscaped to make best use of parkland near a noisy intersection.
Stirling: Wright Road Dog Park
A very small area for puppies plus a large dog area big enough to go for a decent walk. Very pleasant location.
Taperoo: Roy Marten Reserve
Access via Military Road north of Fort Largs or Ventura Avenue.
Small and large dog areas in a huge setting and even close enough to go for a beach walk! Good facilities.
Trott Park: Reserve Street Reserve
Huge boomerang-shaped dog park with inner biodiversity area (essentially creating two spaces). Two car parks either via Adams Rd or Reserve St and adjacent BBQ and playground.
Two Wells Dog Park
Next to the CFS shed on Wells Rd a short walk from the main street.
A small single park with shelter, grassed area and good scrubby edge for dogs that like to explore.
Upper Sturt Dog Park
This frankly looks like a set of disused bitumen tennis courts but good on the council for being creative. No grass or dirt, but it’s a small enclosed area if you need it.
Related: A guide to dog park etiquette
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By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These articles are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!