Why go to one off leash dog park when you could go to three? In Brunswick West, you’ll find three off leash dogs parks lined up one after another. While it might not be an official walking trail, everyday you’ll find local dog owners making the most of their mornings by following the delightful paths through Gilpin, Clifton and Reaburn Parks. Combining nature, activities and off leash fun, this 3km loop walk offers something for the whole family.
Where to start
Starting at the southern end of Gilpin Park on Pearson Street, head northeast along the trails. Walking through Gilpin, you’ll find scrub, gullies and hills for your pup to explore. If you’re looking to meet other dogs, the best time to venture is before work or on weekends when the park sees an influx of pups of all sizes. You can bring the kids along too with table tennis tables and a huge kids playground in the northeast corner (dogs aren’t allowed in the playground itself).
Enjoy the street art
From Gilpin Park, cross the road and you’ll arrive at off leash Clifton Park. Unlike Gilpin, Clifton Park offers a mix of street art and graffiti, basketball courts and wide flat open ovals. The grass is short and well kept, and it’s perfect for chase or throwing a ball around. You’ll even find covered bbq facilities in the north-west corner.
Roll it out
Crossing over Hope Street, follow the footpath 50m west to Reaburn Reserve. This cute small park is set down from the road and offers long lush grass that is perfect for rolling. Although it’s not a large space, it’s well contained and there’s a bench where you can recuperate every three feet or so. Seriously, there are a lot of benches. Make it a loopHead back the way your came or loop north around the oval before putting the lead back on as you head through Brunswick Park (on the opposite side of the tennis courts). This takes you back to Hope Street facing Clifton Park for your return journey.
All up, a round trip will set you back just shy of 3km. A solid walk for any pup. The roads in between can be a bit busy at times but in all other respects, this route is a quiet and picturesque urban adventure. Each of the three parks has its own amenities (doggy bags, bins and water) so there’s always something close at hand. And the best part? Amazing dog-friendly cafes are only a short diversion away. We recommend checking out John Gorilla, Sweet Evelyn or ambling slightly further afield to Lux Foundry.
ADDRESS: Pearson Street, Brunswick West Time restrictions: None Features: Off leash, doggy bags, dog water bowls, bins, benches, picnic and bbq facilities, playground, basketball court, table tennis tables