With so many awesome dog-friendly beaches in Adelaide, there’s no excuse for holding your pooch hostage indoors.
If you’re looking for a top spot for your best mate to stretch their legs and socialise, we’ve hunted down some of the best dog parks Adelaide has to offer – so your pup can run, roll, sniff, and splash to their heart’s content.
Your weekend adventure awaits at these popular Adelaide dog beaches and parks.
O’Sullivan Beach/Christie’s Beach – Onkaparinga
Being one of the few dog-friendly beaches in Adelaide that allow dogs off-leash 24/7, the stretch between O’Sullivan Beach and Christie’s Beach is the perfect place for you and your canine pal to enjoy the coastline.
The off-leash stretch starts south of Selway Terrace and runs for around 1km to the northern end of Heather Street – plenty of space to throw a ball or frisbee, or splash about in the saltwater.
It’s BYO doggy bag and drinking water, but what the beach lacks in amenities, it makes up for in off-leash freedom.
North Adelaide Dog Park – North Adelaide
A fully fenced dog park with separate areas for big and small breeds? Yes, please!
The North Adelaide Dog Park is considered one of the best dog parks in Adelaide, and for woofing good reason. It offers huge open spaces for your pup to make friends and burn energy, along with fun activities like tunnels and other obstacles to run through.
This recently upgraded park provides undercover picnic areas, toilets, and water fountains for dogs and their humans.
If you and your pup take your daily walk after dark, you’ll find lighting in the small dog park from dusk until 10pm. If you arrive after 10pm, just press the button at the entrance of the park for an additional 30 minutes of light.
Henley Beach – Charles Sturt
If you like your weekend outing with a side of coffee and avo on toast, Henley Beach puts you in prime position to enjoy the beach and some of the best dog-friendly cafés in the city.
Another of Adelaide’s favourite dog beaches, Henley Beach is on-leash between 10am and 8pm throughout daylight savings, so you might want to keep up your cardio so you can run beside your bestie!
Here your water baby can wet their paws and meet some new mates, then enjoy a treat from the dog menu at nearby café Malobo.
Doggy bags are provided near the jetty and ramp down to the beach.
Pelzer Park/Pityarilla – CBD
Pelzer Park/Pityarilla has seen serious upgrades in recent years, with a dog park that boasts beautifully landscaped lawns, wide-open spaces, and separate fenced areas for small and large dogs.
Here you’ll find doggy bags and bins, drinking water for dogs and humans, plenty of shade from towering trees, and logs and rocks to explore. Paved walking paths connect to the surrounding parklands, making this a great spot for your daily walk.
The park also offers an impressive children’s playground along with picnic areas, toilets, and barbecues.
Sellicks Beach – Onkaparinga
Another Onkaparinga gem, Sellicks Beach also allows dogs off-leash at all times, so your fur baby can get their zoomies out and return home ready for Netflix binge.
The dog-friendly exercise area runs from Robert Street down to Cactus Canyon, where the Onkaparinga council ends. This generous stretch of surf and sand gives your pooch plenty of opportunity to run and swim.
You can park your car on the beach in front of the esplanade if you get a pass from the council.
BYO doggy bags and drinking water.
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