A guide to Adelaide’s best dog friendly national parks

Need help finding a spot to take the family where your tail-wagger can tag along too? The National Parks of South Australia have released a comprehensive list of amazing national parks suitable for both you and your dog.

This guide was updated in May 2020.

Please note this guide was first written prior to COVID-19. We have done our best to ensure the parks included are open to the public, however, some areas may still be closed.

Need help finding a spot to take the family where your tail-wagger can tag along too? There exists a comprehensive list of amazing national parks suitable for both you and your furry counterpart, 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 Recreation Park

This recreation park has almost everything you need for your next hike with your beloved pooch. With eight different mountain bike trails, abundant bird life and plenty of koalas and kangaroos, you will both love the challenging trek through some of nature’s best gifts.

Ruins of Newman’s Nursery can also be viewed at Anstey Hill Recreation Park, so get the leash and sneakers ready for your next walk.

Belair National Park

The Belair National Park may be one of South Australia’s oldest national parks, but it’s definitely a crowd favourite. With beautiful bushland, lakes, walking and biking trails, and native plants and animals all available, it really is a great place to get outdoors.

Belair National Park welcomes all dogs on leads to explore the beauty within this park. Only 25 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, there really are no excuses to not check this park out.

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.

With a long narrow creek and designated picnic areas, this 52-hectare park in the Mitcham area sounds like the perfect place to take our dogs or even the whole family.

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

Situated between Golden Grove and Salisbury, this recreation park offers the perfect place to unwind from your busy life and take in all of the walking trails, bushland and some epic mountain bike riders.

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park also offers some great spaces for BBQ’s with the family which is perfect for the kids (and the much-loved dog) to run around in.

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 check out.

Find out more information here.

Lashmar Conservation Park

Located on Kangaroo Island, Lashmar Conservation Park offers plenty of activities including swimming, fishing, canoeing, walking, bird-watching and a connecting river to the sandy beach at Antechamber Bay.

To explore the park further, you can even canoe your way through the Chapman River – the best of both worlds!

Marino Conservation Park

Originally a traditional resting place of the Kaurna People, Marino Conservation Park is now well-known as a green buffer between the suburbs.

This walking trail is perfect if you want to watch mesmerising sunsets and hear the ocean waves crash against the coastline. You and your dog will be loving life.

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

Located in the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park is a must-see as there are plenty of things to do whilst visiting.

With native animals and plants to see along the wetland boardwalk, bike tracks to ride, or walk your dog in the peaceful serenity, this is a park worthwhile visiting.

O’Halloran Recreation Park

From bush walking trails to mountain bike tracks, O’Halloran Recreation Park boasts with nature-filled paths and a peaceful quietness you might need to reset and refresh.

This park is perfect for walking your furry friend with plenty of trails to tackle at an easy to moderate level.

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 puppy-friendly walking trails with an unmissable view of the much-loved beaches.

Ensure you show respect to the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Communities of the Tennyson Area when visiting Tennyson Dunes.

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