Spring has sprung (well, it’s trying!), and as we emerge from our Winter hibernation, Melbourne has plenty to offer to get us and our dogs out and about. There are activities indoors and out to entertain, and here are just a few to consider –
Warrandyte Riverside Market, October 7 & Nov 4th
The chirps of native birds with the Yarra River rushing by make a beautiful setting for this local market. Filled with great food, handcrafted goodies, and stall holders that are happy for a chat. Plus, you can take your dog along to meet the locals, grab a treat, and maybe take a dip if they’re game!
Picnic in the park (or the woods, or the beach) Various dates and locations
Have you heard of AmazingCo? This incredible company arranges adventures for you to explore different regions of Melbourne – and your picnic destination is a mystery, only found by solving clues together! It’s a great way to sample local produce, visit hidden gems and then enjoy a picnic with the goodies you’ve collected along the way. Bring your dog along to explore a new area and maybe a snack or two.
Puppy Pub Crawl Various dates and locations
In their own words ‘Spend an afternoon at a series of dog-friendly Melbourne venues with your furry best friend! Meet other like-minded pooch parents over beers or wines and sumptuous snacks, while discovering dog-friendly destinations serving up doggie martinis and delicious treats.’ It sells itself, right?
Head to the beach
While some might not find the weather warm enough for swimming, the brave can wade in for a refreshing dip! And Melbourne’s dog-friendly beaches such as Altona Beach and St. Kilda Beach are great places for a scenic stroll, and a game of fetch.
Visit Dog-Friendly Parks
Melbourne boasts numerous parks that allow dogs to roam off-leash. Popular options include Royal Park, Albert Park, and Edinburgh Gardens. These parks offer open spaces for your dog to play, run, and socialize with other dogs.
Dog Lovers Festival, October 13 – 15
A great opportunity to meet other canine fans, find treats, toys and accessories for your dog, and observe presentations from professional dog lovers in grooming, agility and obedience. Sorry, no pets allowed at this one—but you will meet loads at the festival and can even hug a pug for charity!
Of course, if you are planning any humans-only activity you can give your dog an adventure at Dogdayz – they can enjoy doggie daycare at Silvan or Toolern Vale or stay for the weekend at any Dogdayz site with mates while you make the most of our great city!
Remember to always check the specific rules and regulations of the places you plan to visit with your dog. It’s also a good idea to keep your dog on a leash in areas where it’s required and to clean up after your pet to ensure a positive experience for everyone.