The 10 Best Places To Take Your Dog in Perth
Are you looking to change up your dog walking routine, or take your very good boy on a new adventure?
There’s no better time to hit the walking trails, dog-friendly parks and lakes around Perth to enjoy some of the beautiful surroundings that the city has on offer.
So, to give you a head start we’ve done all the research for you and your four-legged bestie! Here’s our top 10 dog-friendly attractions in Perth that you can enjoy all year round:
1. Noble Falls Walk Trail, Gidgegannup
Located just a few kilometres east of Gidgegannup, this lovely 3.6km loop is a great dog-approved option for a family picnic or walk.
Noble Falls is attractive at all times of the year – with wild flowers blooming in the Spring and the beautiful waterfall looking its best during the winter months.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed off their leash as long as you, the owner, has them fully under control at all times.
There’s even a special treat for you if you head across to the Noble Falls Tavern across the road after your walk.
2. Ellis Brook Valley, Gosnells
The richest wildflower location in Perth, this beautiful hidden valley is only minutes from Gosnells Town Centre and boasts sweeping views across Perth from the top of the waterfall in the Sixty Foot Falls Circuit which both you and your dog can enjoy.
With four great walk trails to choose from, you and your furry friend will absolutely love part of the Banyowla Regional Park, just like the dog in this picture by Trails WA.
3. Whistlepipe Gully, Kalamunda
This beautiful walk is located in the Mundy Regional Park in the Perth Hills and flows down the edge of a large granite formation, running as a waterfall.
Apart from the breathtaking views overlooking the Swan Coastal Plain, the Whistlepipe Gully Walk looks stunning during wildflower season and takes you past some very interesting old ruins.
Apart from a few rocks to be wary of, you and your dog can enjoy a relatively relaxing walk through The Gully if your dog is on a leash. There are areas where signage permits otherwise so keep on the lookout.
4. Lake Goollelal, Joondalup
This is a well-developed family and dog-friendly walk that takes you on a circuit around Lake Goollelal in Yellagonga Regional Park’s south.
A great all year round walk exploration for you and your dog, but especially beautiful between July and November when the wildflowers are blooming.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the historic sites of Wesleyan Mission Farm and the Luisinbi Winery.
5. Lake Gwelup Reserve
Lake Gwelup is a beautiful off-the-lead nature walk for you and your pooch. Dogs are permitted off the lead (but under control of the owner) around this lake track.
Surrounded by lovely bushland you’re bound to see plenty of birdlife from the viewing platform (as seen by this image from Dogs Around Perth) and as you make your way around this track.
There are also several large grassy openings where you can enjoy a picnic or let your dog burn off some energy with some ball throwing time.
If you and your mate are feeling quenched, pop over the road to the Gwelup Shopping Centre for a coffee – there’s plenty of drinking bowls for your dog in the pet-friendly outside dining area.
6. Carine Regional Open Space
A walk around the swamp at Carine Regional Open Space is a great way to enjoy nature and some off-the-lead activities with your dog.
There are a number of tracks for exploring and whichever one you choose, you’ll come across some of the resident Carine Regional horses that belong to the Riding for Disabled Association of WA – so be sure to stop and say hello.
You can also find a few exercise stations around the park if you feel inclined to work on those gains while you’re out and about.
7. John Oldham Park, West Perth
John Oldham Park is a lush and peaceful oasis that features a lake and waterfall with amazing city views.
The landscaping is absolutely exquisite and the tranquil lake attracts much of the native bird-life.
This park is easily accessible from the foreshore cycle paths and a great way to escape the hustle and bustle with your four-legged friend.
8. Watermans Bay, North Beach
Dogs love nothing more than a trip to the beach!
Watermans Beach in North Beach offers a great little space for your dog to get in some exercise for the day. It’s a relatively small beach and fairly sheltered from wind and waves – so swimming could be on the cards for you both.
A great alternative if you’re looking for a less crowded area with a playground and grassy area above the beach.
9. Aveley Enclosed Dog Park, Ellenbrook
Your dog will love you even more if you take him/her to the enclosed dog parks in Aveley, Ellenbrook.
Similar to Whiteman Park, there is a small dog and large dog exercise zone. The big enclosed park has plenty of space for your beloved dog to run around, even for the larger breeds. Whilst the small dog enclosure is much smaller in size, there is still ample space for your little dog to have a good run, play, chase and meet new friends. Be mindful that there are two areas for a reason, so that all dogs can enjoy some off the leash time.
Both zones have agility equipment with seating and water fountains for you and your pooch (wait till you see how cute the water fountains are!)
Be sure to put this on the list of places around Perth to take your fur best friend!
10. Lake Monger, Wembley
Lake Monger is a beautiful walk around the lake for you and your dog. The city skyline background and stunning trees lining the walkway, make it the perfect place to enjoy a stroll with your furry best friend (on the lead), just like this image from Perth Urban Runners shows.
A little tip if your dog likes the water – walk the track anti-clockwise so that your dog can walk on the lake side. This can help to avoid any wandering into the inside lane and having to navigate around bikes and other walkers going around also.
The walk is approximately 3.5km and the shared pathway is suitable for prams and bikes also if the rest of the family want to join in on the fun. There’s even exercise equipment for you if you feel inclined!
You’ll also find a water fountain and dog bowl on the West side of the lake but it would pay to bring your own water if it’s a relatively hot day.
There are loads of awesome walks and hikes around Perth, and some great ones that can rid the guilt felt when heading out for a walk without your pooch.
What are you waiting for? Pack some water, a few treats, their favourite ball and the dog leash and head on out to one of these dog-friendly walks and hikes in Perth.
Or if you have a more relaxed approach to your time with your dog, why not check out some of Perth’s dog-friendly cafes? We’ve also put together a suburbs profile if you’re looking for the best local places to spend time with your pup, covering pet friendly cafes, dog exercise areas, and more.