As you step into Caulfield Park, you're immediately welcomed by the sight of lush greenery and vibrant birdlife. The park is beautifully maintained, ensuring a pleasant experience for both pets and owners. The dog off-leash area in Caulfield Park, spanning 90,000 square metres and encompassing six sporting grounds, offers ample space for your dog to run and play.

Dog Walking Caulfiled Park Off Leash area

During weekdays, Caulfield Park off-leash area is a popular hub for dog walkers. Come the weekend, the park can get busy with many families coming to enjoy all the park has to offer. Despite sharing the off-leash areas with sporting grounds, the sheer size of the park means you'll always find the perfect spot for your needs. Whether you're up for socialising with other dog owners or seeking a tranquil corner for some one-on-one time with your furry companion, Caulfield Park has you covered.

Since the off-leash area consists of sporting ovals, shade is limited. However, along the perimeter, numerous trees offer cool spots for resting under. As the evening approaches, the park is generally well-lit, ensuring safety and comfort for those late strolls.

Golden Retreiver enjoying some shade at Caulfield Park

Beyond the off-leash zones, Caulfield Park features a 2km perimeter walk perfect for on-leash adventures. Further within the park, you'll discover a picturesque lake, a serene spot for sitting back and appreciating the local birdlife and flora.

Off-Leash Park Amenities at Caulfield Park

Caulfield Park is not just a vast expanse of greenery; it's also equipped with amenities to make your visit comfortable and convenient. Here's what you can expect in the off-leash area:

  • Dog Water Stations: Strategically placed for easy access. Perfect for filling up your dog's water bottle or bowl, ensuring they stay hydrated during their play.
  • Dog Bag Dispensers: While dispensers are available, it's a wise idea to bring backup bags to ensure you're always prepared.
  • Ample Seating: Scattered throughout the park are numerous seating options, allowing you to relax and watch your furry friend play.
  • Parking Lot: Conveniently centrally located, the parking lot ensures easy access to the off-leash area.
  • Public Toilets: Clean and accessible, the toilets cater to the needs of all park visitors, making extended stays hassle-free.

Dog water station at Caulfiled Park off Leash area

Amenities Outside the Off-Leash Area

Caulfield Park offers more than just an off-leash area for dogs. If you're looking to enjoy a full day out, here are some additional amenities you'll find while your dog's on lead:

  • Public Picnic Shelters and BBQs: Ideal for family gatherings or a day out with friends, these facilities are perfect for a relaxing meal outdoors.
  • Sporting Facilities: The park boasts a variety of sports facilities, including basketball and netball courts, as well as cricket nets, offering something for every sports enthusiast.
  • Children's Playground: A fun area for kids to play, ensuring a family-friendly environment for all visitors.
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment: For those looking to add a workout to their park visit.
  • Chess Tables: Enjoy a strategic game of chess at the park's dedicated chess tables, a unique feature for leisurely afternoons.

Man wlking dog in the on lead gardens of Caulfiled Park

A Bit of History & Culture

Initially inhabited by the Boonerwrung people of the Kulin Nation, the area witnessed European settlement from the 1840s. In its early years, Paddy's Swamp was a focal point for the Caulfield community, serving as a recreational spot for picnics, fishing, and duck shooting. The surrounding wetlands, including the nearby Black Swamp, were transformed from natural marshes to developed parks by the late 19th century.

The transformation of Caulfield Park began in earnest with the lowering of the swamp in 1861 to extend Balaclava Road, followed by its designation as a permanent park and watering place in 1866. This era saw the extraction of peat and sand for horticultural and building purposes, reshaping the landscape significantly. By 1890, Caulfield Park had become a celebrated horticultural centre and a community hub, with the main cricket oval laid out during the economic hardships of the 1890s. Today, the park stands as a testament to the area's evolution, from a string of swamps to a beloved public reserve, reflecting the dynamic history of the community it serves.

Location and Visiting Caulfield Park

Caulfield Park is bordered by Balaclava Road, Inkerman Road, and Hawthorn Road. For those planning to visit the dog off-leash area, you'll find it towards the park's eastern end. Access is straightforward via the car park off Balaclava Road, and there's also plenty of street parking available in the surrounding area.

Caulfield Park off-leash area map

Public transport is another convenient option for reaching Caulfield Park. Tram line 3 has a stop on Balaclava Road, while lines 16 and 14 service Hawthorn Road. For those bringing their furry friends via public transport, it’s important to follow Public Transport Victoria (PTV) guidelines. Dogs need to be in a suitable animal container when travelling on PTV services. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey, check out PTV's guidelines on animals in public transport for detailed information. This way, you can enjoy a stress-free visit to Caulfield Park with your four-legged companion.