The vast National Arboretum Canberra is home to 94 forests, including more than 44,000 rare and endangered tree species. On-leash pets are allowed to explore the Arboretum with you. Visit the Gallery of Gardens and the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection with your canine companion and marvel at the beautiful flowers and exotic plant species. The arboretum also houses a playground for children and picnic areas.
Located in the centre of Canberra, the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin is an excellent place to spend some quality time with your puppy. There is a small peninsula on the lake called Yarramundi Reach, where you will find cottonwood trees, oak trees, and expansive grasslands. There are a few shallow areas along the peninsula where dogs can jump in the water for a swim. Several important landmarks like the National Gallery and the Australian National University also can be found on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
Canberra offers lots of fenced-off areas where your puppy can socialise and play around without being on a leash. Cook Neighbourhood Oval is a great meeting point for dogs and their owners. The oval provides plenty of green spaces for dogs to chase balls and play with each other rambunctiously. Alternatively, O’Connor Oval offers green meadows and a small creek, ideal for dogs to cool off in during summer. Other pet-friendly parks worth checking out include Gordon Neighbourhood Oval and Errol Kavanagh Memorial Oval, so you're bound to find the perfect playing spot to spend time with your dog.
You'll also find plenty of excellent dog-friendly parks in and around Canberra. Located near to Lake Ginninderra, the scenic Belconnen Dog Park has separate areas for small and large dogs. There's also a dog-friendly walking trail and a beach just outside the park. Another great option is Springbank Rise Dog Park. Featuring two grassy areas for small and large dogs, as well as gorgeous eucalyptus trees, this park is a local favourite.