What's more Australian than footy and dogs? Combining the two at Victoria Park Fenced Dog Off-Leash Area—a spot where your pup is the real MVP. The park features a well-kept footy oval that's fully fenced. Wide-open spaces make it perfect for dogs who love to sprint, fetch, or even try their paws at some amateur agility drills.

Football field fenced off for dogs to run free, safetly and off leash.

The park provides dog waste bags for convenient clean-up. Just outside the off-leash zone, you'll discover benches, barbecue areas, and water stations. However, the absence of trees leaves you wanting for shade on bright, sunny days, and your pup might miss out on the joy of bush-sniffing adventures.

Victoria Park Fenced Dog Off-Leash Area is still a working football field. This means there are times when dogs need to sit on the sideline. You'll have to plan your visit around training sessions, games, and other public events. The full calendar is available on the Yarra City Council website.

BBQ areas for picnics and bbqs

Dog Park Amenities

Cleaning up after your dog is a breeze thanks to strategically placed bag stations filled with biodegradable bags. Need to quench your thirst or fill up your dogs water bowl? Water fountains are conveniently located just outside the off-leash area. If you're in the mood to kick back or fire up the grill, you'll find plenty of seating around the ground and electric BBQ spots—also situated outside the leash-free zone.

One of the many bag station found at the park

History & Culture

This park isn't just a doggy wonderland; it's a place rich in history. Victoria Park sits on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land, so it's a good moment to acknowledge the Traditional Owners. Fast-forward to 1882, and this green expanse had already carved its niche as a cricket ground. In 1892, Collingwood played their first official game against Carlton. Victoria Park continued to serve as their home ground for nearly a century and they played their last seniors match at the ground in 2004. Since its transformation into a public recreation space in 2010, it continues to hosts games and training for the Collingwood Women's AFL and VFL teams.

Location & Visiting

Located in Abbotsford, wedged comfortably between Collingwood and Clifton Hill. Street parking is available on Lulie St and Abbots St. Public transport more your jam? Victoria Park train station is at your service with Hurtsbridge and Mernda lines and buses 200, 202, and 207. Just keep in mind that your four-legged friends need to be leashed and muzzled on public transport. For more information on public transport guidelines for pets, check here.

After your park adventure, if you're in the mood for a puppuccino or a Pup Cake (dog cup cake ), the Doghouse Dog Cafe is just a five-minute stroll away. Feeling more athletic? The Main Yarra Trail awaits you for an extended doggy strut.