Ah, Gasworks Off-Leash Park—a peaceful sanctuary for you and your fur baby, in the beautiful suburb of Albert Park. Spanning approximately 14,000 square meters, it's not just a park but a culture-rich tapestry of what makes Melbourne unique.

When you walk in, an open space greets you, inviting your dog to run free and stretch its paws. Trees and bushes surround this off-leash area. Add some sculptures to the mix, and the park transforms into a gallery where sniffing becomes high art.

Bush area at Gasworks Off Leash Park

A Small Urban Escape

Though not fenced in, the off-leash park benefits from being encircled by brick walls and buildings. These walls act like a gentle giant, absorbing the chaos of city noise and turning it into a tranquil atmosphere that feels miles away from civilization. Just remember to keep an eye on your dog, as the park does have multiple entrances.

More Than Just a Dog Friendly Park

There are plenty of benches and a BBQ area around the park, making it the ideal spot to kick back with your dog or plan a full-blown family picnic. But the versatility doesn't end there. Gasworks pulls out all the stops to make itself a regular spot on your dog's social calendar. On every third Saturday of every month, the park hosts a dog-friendly farmers' market.

BBQ Area at Gasworks Off Leash Park

While you're at it, don't miss the chance to visit the Gasworks dog-friendly cafe. It's the perfect pitstop for snagging a takeaway coffee during your morning dog stroll. Or, if you're in the mood for a sit-down, treat your pooch and yourself to some house-made dog biscuits, delectable pup cakes, or even a puppy cino. Trust me, your four-legged friend will thank you!

Off-Leash Park Amenities

You'll find amenities at Gasworks Off Leash Park that add comfort and convenience to your visit. Fill up your portable water bowls from accessible taps to keep your dogs hydrated. And when you need a break, take a seat on one of the strategically placed benches to soak in the atmosphere.

One of the many benches at Gasworks Off Leash Park in Albert Park

For the BBQ enthusiasts among us, the park features electric grills and a picnic area. Just remember to leash your dog within 5 meters of the picnic area. Public toilets make life easier for everyone. Bins are plentiful too, but don't expect a bag dispenser; you've got that covered like the responsible dog parent you are.

History & Culture

Gasworks Park in Albert Park, Victoria, is located on land that is the traditional home of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Visitors to the park are encouraged to pay their respects to the traditional owners, acknowledging their long-standing connection to the land. Fast forward to the 19th century, this site served as a coal gas plant that literally lit up Melbourne. Closed in the late '50s, it underwent a makeover to manage environmental issues and got its second life as a vibrant community park in 1986.

Today, it's not just about flora; it's a cultural smorgasbord featuring arts, performances, and yes—dog sculptures. One notable sentinel, Not Without Chomley, guards the Richardson Street entrance, causing more than a few real dogs to do a double-take.

Gassworks sculpture Not Without Chomley by Anne Ross

Location & Visiting

Gasworks Off-Leash Park sits right on the border of Albert Park, with Port Melbourne and South Melbourne right next door. Graham, Pickles, Richardson, and Foote streets surround the park, with plenty of free street parking up for grabs.

Prefer public transport? If your fur baby is on the smaller side and you've got a pet-friendly carrier, just catch Tram 1 on Victoria Street. Stop 30 on Graham Street or Stop 31 on Victoria Street are the closest to the park. Alternatively, Buses 606 and 263 also conveniently stop near the park. For information about traveling on public transport with pets, head over to PTV's website.