A man and a woman walk a dog next to a lake.

Yerrabi Pond is a great spot to take your pooch.

22 April 2024

Whether you’re a long-time resident or new to the area, Gungahlin has a lot to offer its human and canine residents.

Here are some spots to explore:

Dog parks

There are two existing dog parks in Gungahlin, with another one on its way.

Forde – Amy Ackman Drive

The dog park has agility equipment including hoops, hurdles and pipes. There is one small area that’s shared by all dogs.

Remember that you can only take you dog into a dog park if they are desexed, registered and fully vaccinated.

A woman pats her dog in a fenced dog park.

The dog park is located within Forde Heritage Park. The Heritage Park includes:

  • lots of shady trees
  • barbecues
  • picnic tables
  • a playground
  • toilets
  • walking tracks.

Dogs are allowed within  these areas when they’re not in use. If the playground, picnic area, or barbecue areas are being used, they become dog prohibited areas – so you’ll need to come back another time.

Casey – Springbank Rise

This dog park has two separate areas: one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. There are grassy areas with mulched garden beds.

There are also benches so you can sit and relax while you watch over your dog.

Franklin – between Nullarbor Avenue and Oodgeroo Avenue

Work has begun on the new Franklin dog park.

It’s expected that the park will be ready for Gungahlin dog owners to use by next summer (weather permitting).

Not only will it feature a dog agility area with play elements, but it will also include dog poo bag dispensers and bins.

Read more about the park here.

Make sure that wherever you visit, you’re prepared to pick up your dog droppings. Failing to pick up after your dog can earn you a $150 fine. You can also receive a $75 fine for being caught without appropriate equipment to pick up your dog's droppings.

Off-leash areas

There are more than 30 areas in the Gungahlin region where dogs are allowed off-leash.

Amaroo District Playing Fields

If the oval isn’t being used for formal sport or training, you’re free to let your dog run around off-leash.

There are some small shady trees that provide shelter on sunny days.

If there’s any training or sport being played, the space becomes a dog prohibited area.

Check when the sportsground is booked for use.

On-leash areas

Yerrabi Pond

This is the perfect spot for some one-on-one exercise with your dog on-leash. Take your furry friend for a run around Yerrabi Pond where they can also enjoy a refreshing swim on the North-eastern shore.

A woman walks her dog, while a man walks alongside his bike next to a lake.

Keep in mind that along paths, including within 10 metres of a path, dogs must be on-leash.

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