Welcome to our guide to the best places for dogs in or near the square mile of Adelaide. Thanks to its unique design by Colonel Light it may also have the most abundant supply of parks, squares and parklands anywhere in Australia.
Dog Parks in the Region
Pityarilla Dog Park
Glen Osmond Road
This new park adjoins the ever-popular Marshmallow Park play area in the South Parklands. It has small and large dog areas, shelters and water.
North Adelaide Dog Park
A product of very enlightened leadership by Adelaide City Council, it is located in the north parklands between North Adelaide and Robe Terrace. It has two fenced areas for both small and large dogs, double gates, shelters, water etc. The park has quickly become the most popular exercise area for our clients. The two adjacent parks called Kangattilla and Kandarilla allow off-leash exercise but these areas are unfenced. This map shows all the off leash areas.
Visit this page to discover more Adelaide dog parks and why they differ from other off-leash areas.
Local Off-leash areas
The old Victoria Park Racecourse site in the East Parklands is an excellent choice for a place to run, with its large area well away from the road. Dog water and bins are provided along the shady path on the western side, and there’s even a good cafe (see below). There are often quite a number of dogs here but the sheer size of the area means you can always find a quiet spot.
Apart from Victoria Park, several other off-leash areas in the north-east, south-east and west can be viewed at the address above.
Adelaide Dog Parks
The Adelaide square mile is so blessed with surrounding parkland that the choice of walks is endless. The path along the River Torrens is always popular but any of the parks around the city have paths suitable for exploration. Further away but worth the trip is the the Horse Agistment Area in North Adelaide (adjacent Lefevre Terrace, pictured), where you could be forgiven for feeling you weren’t in the city at all.
Featured Pet-friendly Venues
Three parklands kiosks with good reputations make for a great destination from either side of the city. The Velo Precinct is a very stylish cafe located in the old Victoria Park grandstand, perfect for a stop while dog-walking.
Bonython Park Kiosk on the north-west is a great location with a playground nearby. Even better, if you walk straight over the Torrens bridge below the kiosk you will arrive at a large, secluded off-leash dog park between the river and the train line.
Rymill Park Kiosk is very dog friendly and close to the east end of Adelaide between Rundle Street and Bartels Road. Again there is a nearby playground and the park provides a relaxing escape from the nearby hustle.
Where To Buy Dog Bones
Central Market, Grote St entrance.
Dog Registration and local councils
The Adelaide square mile forms part of Adelaide City Council https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/. Adelaide vet care is available at Walkerville Vet.
To get to us, head north on either King William Road (turning right just over the Torrens) or Frome Street, then up Melbourne Street, continuing up Northcote Terrace to North East Road. We are on the left a few streets after the ABC building.