How to explore Belconnen with your dog

A woman in a dog park crouches and feeds treats to two dogs.

Belconnen locals love exploring the bushland in their neighbourhood.

How dog friendly your community is can have a large impact on how connected you feel to where you live.

Luckily for residents of Belconnen, there are plenty of on-leash and off-leash areas that are perfect for families with dogs.

Here are some of our favourites:

Dog park

Belconnen Dog Park – Diddams Close, Lake Ginninderra

This dog park is located on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.

It’s a fenced dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs.

There are both grassy and dirt areas, providing plenty of interesting terrain for your pooch.

There are also shady areas as well as benches. You can take a seat while you watch your dog play with their friends.

Once your dog has had enough of the park, there’s a nearby dog beach as well as a nearby on-leash walking track.

Off-leash areas

There are over 30 areas that are dog off-leash in the Belconnen region.

Mount Rogers Reserve

This stunning spot of bushland in Fraser has a lot to offer.

If you and your dog are active, you’ll love the range of walking tracks. They connect from Evatt, Melba and Spence. The tracks cater to different ability and fitness levels, with varying lengths and degrees of incline.

The reserve offers breathtaking views of the Belconnen region. There are seated and shaded areas, so you can take a break and soak it all in.

Melba Oval

Ovals aren’t just places for people to play sport and work on their fitness, they can be great for dogs too.

While your dog is free to roam and play on the oval while it’s not in use, if it’s booked for formal sport (including training sessions), you’ll need to return another time.

Check when the sportsground is booked for use.

On-leash areas

Umbagong District Park

The new Umbagong bridge walk over the native grasslands is a pleasure for everyone in the family, canines included.

There are various walking tracks including:

  • the Heritage Trail
  • the Creek and Catchment Trail
  • Nature Trail.

There’s also a playground for growing families. However, remember that when in use, all playgrounds, sportsgrounds, picnic areas and barbecue areas become dog prohibited areas. When they’re not in use, you can enter these areas as long as your dog is on their leash.

Lake Ginninderra

Lake Ginninderra is the perfect spot for a scenic stroll, and outside of the dog park, it is a dog on-leash area, as are all lakes in Canberra (unless otherwise signposted).

Other on-leash areas include all streets, verges, footpaths and cycle paths. You’ll also need to keep your dog on their leash if you’re within 10 metres either side of the path.

No matter where in Belconnen your adventures take you, you need to pick up after your dog. Failing to pick up your dog droppings is an offence that carries of a fine of $150. Failing to carry the correct equipment to collect your dog droppings carries a $75 fine. For easy poop collection, why not treat yourself to a Puppoon? The clever invention attaches to your lead and is air-tight to reduce odour. It’s also invented by a Canberran.

Read more about the Puppoon.

Learn more about local spots to take your dog or view on-leash, off-leash, conditional off-leash and dog prohibited areas on ACTmapi’s dog exercise area map.

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