The Maribyrnong River Loop Trail in Aberfeldie is a must-visit for those who enjoy a picturesque walk. This 4 km circuit along Melbourne's second major river offers sweeping views and a serene environment perfect for walking or jogging. It's a local favourite and one of Melbourne's best dog-friendly walking trails all year round.

Enjoy a Scenic Dog-Friendly Walk

The trail is flat, paved, and well-maintained, making it accessible for all fitness levels. Along the Aberfeldie path, you'll pass notable spots such as Maribyrnong Park Playground, the Boathouse, Essendon Rowing Club, Poyntons Nursery and Cafe, and Poyntons Landing.

Maribyrnong River Loop Trail in Maribyrnong

Crossing the Afton Street pedestrian bridge takes you to the Maribyrnong side, which offers more stunning views on the return leg.

The river is home to a diverse array of wildlife. As you enjoy your walk, look for birds, rakali, frogs, turtles, fish, and waterbugs.

Essential Trail Amenities for Dog Owners

Along the trail, you will find many amenities that ensure a comfortable experience for you and your dog:

  • Numerous seating areas
  • Public toilets
  • Water fountains
  • Dog bag dispensers
  • Electric BBQs
  • Picnic areas
  • Path Lighting

Maribyrnong River Loop, map

Explore Dog Off-Leash Parks on the Trail

The trail features designated off-leash areas where your dog can run free, making it a top dog-friendly day out in Melbourne.

Aberfeldie Park Dog Off-Leash Area

Aberfeldie's spacious off-leash park spans 50,000 sqm. It's a bustling hub where dogs of all shapes and sizes gather, predominantly on afternoons and weekends, creating a vibrant community of dog owners.

Aberfeldie Park off-leash area

Chifley Drive Reserve Dog Off-Leash Park

This laid-back park offers 18,000 sqm of open grassy space. Hidden in the quiet end of Maribyrnong, it's perfect for your dog to roam free. Shady tree zones provide an excellent spot for a rest and a sniff, making it an ideal pit stop during your walk.

Maribyrnong Chifley-Reserve off-leash park

Discover the Historical Significance of the Maribyrnong River

The Maribyrnong River comes from the Aboriginal phrase "Mirring-gnay-bir-nong," meaning "I can hear a ringtail possum." The river is significant to the Wurundjeri people, adding a layer of historical depth to your walk.

Visiting Maribyrnong River Loop Trail

The Maribyrnong River Loop Trail can get busy on weekends, but it is also a popular spot among locals during weekdays, especially in the early mornings between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and in the evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tram: Take tram route 57 and leave at stop #41 at Maribyrnong Park. Be sure to check the rules for using public transport with your dog.

Car: Plenty of parking spots are available on both sides of the river.