Welcome to our guide to the best places for dogs in or near Bowden, Adelaide. Bowden has an interesting and unique character and lots of places for dogs.

Dog Parks in the Region

Doggie Land, Ridleyton

torrens road dog park
Adelaide’s newest dog park is close by at Albert Greenshields Reserve on Torrens Road. While not as large as North Adelaide Dog Park, it is well-designed and has a separate area for older or shyer dogs. Access is via Blight Street or Greenshields Place.

North Adelaide Dog Park

owners and their pets socialise in North Adelaide Dog Park
Located in the parklands between North Adelaide and Robe Terrace, it is bounded by Lefevre, Medindie and Main North Roads. It has two fenced areas: one for for small dogs and puppies, and another for large dogs. The park has quickly become very popular among our clients. The two adjacent parks called Kangattilla and Kandarilla permit off-leash exercise but these areas are unfenced. See this map for more information.

Sam Johnson Reserve Puppy Park

fenced area in Sam Johnson Reserve Puppy Park
Located on Bolingbroke Avenue Renown Park, this is described as a Puppy Park for all puppies under 12 months. It is well-designed and has a variety of dog amusements plus seats, bins, doggy bags. Toilets are in the nearby reserve. Large dogs are recommended by council to use the large surrounding reserve. However there is no signage at the park to advise this and it is probably OK to use for all social dogs. The dog park is, however, quite small and large breeds will find it a bit cluttered.

Visit this page to discover more Adelaide dog parks and how they differ from other off-leash areas.

Local Off-leash areas

Bonython Park off leash
Tulya wodli park

A large park behind the soccer fields is provided by Adelaide City Council for dogs to run off-leash. It is accessed via crossing Park Terrace near the Entertainment Centre corner and walking down the gum-lined avenue. You will soon come to a large quiet field between the river and the train lines. It is shown on this map.

There is no local off-leash area in Bowden. The council is considering developing a half acre site in either Josiah Mitton Reserve or Brompton Green.

Adelaide Dog Parks

Click here for a map and guide to all the designated, enclosed dog parks elsewhere in Adelaide

Recommended walks

The adjoining parks of Brompton Green and Josiah Mitton Park provide a large green space in the north of the suburb. There are no animal facilities yet. Alternatively, it’s an easy stroll over Park Terrace to the River Torrens Linear Park.

Featured Pet-friendly Venue

Hawker Street Cafe feels perfect for the area- cool and funky, great atmosphere. And best of all, they have a large relaxed area out the back you can access via the side street where dogs can sit with their owners.

Next door is Vintage Carousel and I defy you not to want to browse in this eclectic selection. Just up the road is a well-regarded Greek taverna.

Closer to Port Road, the old Bowden Railway Station now houses The Loose Caboose Cafe, which has quickly become a hit with the locals. You can sit in view of passing trains and the kitchen activities or outside on the terrace. Taking the doggie may be hard as the outside area is accessed from inside only.

Where To Buy Dog Bones

Palmdale Village Meat, Poultry & Seafood North Adelaide Village, O’Connell St

Prospect Village Meats (butcher)

1/60-64 Prospect Road

Read our full list of places to buy dog bones in Adelaide, as recommended by our clients here.

Dog Registration and local councils

Bowden is part of the City of Charles Sturt Bowden vet care is available at Walkerville Vet and many pet owners come from the area.

To get to us drive up Park Terrace and turn onto Main North Road, then turn right on Nottage Terrace and left on North East Road. We are on the left a few streets past the ABC building.

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