A Guide To The Best Of Adelaide’s Best Dog Friendly National Parks

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Need help finding a spot to take the family where your tail-wagger can tag along too? Good Living released a comprehensive list of amazing national parks suitable for both you and your dog, many including designated walking trails. Who would have known there were so many dog friendly national parks?!

We should firstly mention, although we want you and your doggo to have the best experience possible, it’s important that your dog stays on a leash at all times to prevent damage to wildlife, animals, other park visitors and also to prevent possible injuries to your dog.

Anstey Hill Recreational Park

This interesting park not only provides walking trails but also provides you with eight different mountain bike trails, but also has historical elements along the trails, such as the ruins of Newman’s Nursery and wild koalas and kangaroos (that’s where the leash comes in handy)!

Belair National Park

With scenic routes and natural bushland, South Australia’s oldest national park is definitely one that you can’t miss! And if walking isn’t quite your thing, there are plenty of other activities to take part in with the park having many different facilities like tennis courts, ovals, and pavilions, as well as gas barbeques available for public use.

Brownhill Creek Recreation Park

Brownhill Creek Recreation Park also originally known as, Wirraparinga (loosely translating to scrub and camping place) named by the traditional land owners, the Kaurna people, is a historical park offers walking trails, bike trails, and gorgeous scenery, including a long narrow creek, as well as designated picnic areas. This 52-hectare park sounds like a great place to take our dogs or even the whole family!

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

Situated between Golden Grove and Salisbury, this national park oasis seems to have something for the whole family. From playgrounds to bike trails, and barbeque facilities to BMX trails, this sounds like the perfect place to take the family without having to travel too far!

Ferguson Conservation Park

This conservation park is set in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs and is suitable for dogs and people of all ages. With small, easy walking trails and a variety of wild birds, koalas, and reptiles that often roam the park, this one is definitely on our list to try!

Lashmar Conservation Park

Just when we thought Kangaroo Island couldn’t get any more interesting, Lashmar Conservation Park has surprised us with swimming, fishing, canoeing, walking, birdwatching as well as a river connecting with a long sandy beach.

Marino Conservation Park

Originally a gathering spot for the Kaurna People, today Marino Conservation Park seems like the perfect place to take a stroll with your dog to unwind. The trails cater to all types of fitness levels and offer views over the coast and surrounding suburbs such as Brighton, Seacliff, and the Marino Rocks Lighthouse.

Morialta Conservation Park

Just 10km from the city, Morialta Conservation Park has been known for their gully scenery and mesmerizing waterfalls for many years. This park offers facilities like rock climbing, abseiling (probably leave your four-legged friend at home for these ones!), barbeque and picnic areas, as well as their well known Mukanthi playspace!

It’s important to note that you can only walk your doggo from the Morialta picnic area, along the Morialta Falls Road to the Morialta Falls car park. Dogs aren’t permitted in other areas of the park, so note where you’re walking!

Onkaparinga River Recreation Park

Hosting Adelaide’s second longest river and located in the Fleurieu Peninsula is the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park. With cliff top views, deep gorges, and rock climbing, this park sounds like a must see!

O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park

From bushwalking to mountain biking and even horse riding, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park has got you covered for whatever you have in mind! This is another one we can’t wait to discover more about.

Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve

Tennyson Dunes, once a part of the three-tiered dune system stretching along 30km of Adelaide’s coastline, is now a well-known park in Adelaide’s western suburbs. This park offers intricate walking trails and even has an app about them!

We can’t wait to try out some of these gorgeous looking parks and reserves with our own pups and families!

For more information on all our lovely national parks, check out the National Parks South Australia website for some great resources.

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