Elsternwick Park is one of the busiest off leash parks in south-east Melbourne. Pretty and spacious, the park is perfect for all kinds of activities. From picnics with the family to jogs to socialising with local dogs, you can enjoy it all at Elsternwick.
The park provides a range of interesting spaces to explore. There is scrubby bush and large ovals in the east, walking trails and a lake to the west and a skate park to the north. Thankfully, the Council keeps the park in good knick. In addition to well maintained grounds, you’ll find dog water bowls, doggy bags and bins at various points throughout the park.
Undoubtedly, the most picturesque part of Elsternwick Park is the beautiful lake to the east. Fortunately the lake is fenced, so your pooch can’t jump in for a swim or chase any unsuspecting swans. They’ll still love the walking trail around the lake with plenty to sniff and watch.
Of course, the best thing about this park is it’s popularity with locals. On any given day there are dozens of pups running around, chasing frisbees or pounding the pavement. Unlike other parks where you might end up by yourselves, at Elsternwick you are guaranteed to have company.
Elsternwick Park is family friendly too with an assortment of playground and sporting options. There are multiple playgrounds, a skate park and covered picnic facilities throughout the park. The best playground for dog-owning families is the modern playground at the southern end of the park between the fields. Of course, dogs can’t go into the playground itself. However, covered picnic facilities are just 10m away and there is lots of surrounding grass to enjoy.
Overall, Elsternwick is one of our favourites and worth the drive if you’re looking to try somewhere new. It is worth noting that the boundaries of Elsternwick Park (which are main roads) are not fenced. For most dogs, this shouldn’t be a problem given the park’s size. But if your pup likes to run off, pop them on lead.
ADDRESS: New Street, Elsternwick Features: Doggy water bowls, doggy bags, bins, benches, picnic facilities, kids playgrounds, toilets
Time restrictions: None
Rating: 🐕🐕🐕🐕 ½ stars