The Maribyrnong River Trail is perfect for those who enjoy a scenic riverside walk. This dog-friendly trail is a flat, easy tarmac and concrete path along the Maribyrnong River. It's popular with both walkers and cyclists, but it can get hot and windy at times in the summer. The path is well-maintained, providing a comfortable walking experience for everyone.

At Maribyrnong, the path passes through Pipemakers Park with Melbourne's Living Museum of the West, which contains historical presentations on the river valley and the people who have lived there since its initial occupation up to 40,000 years ago by the Wurundjeri people.

Heading toward Footscray, the path continues through laid-back lakes and rivers, providing serene views perfect for a peaceful walk. The trail passes Flemington Racecourse, which offers a picturesque backdrop of Melbourne's CBD.

Off-Leash Parks Along the Trail

Fairbairn Off-Leash Park, Ascot Vale

A paradise where your furry mate can run wild. This off-leash park spans a massive 100,000 square metres and shares space with sporting fields, offering plenty of room for everyone.

Fairbairn Park in Ascot Vale

Thompson Reserve Dog Off-Leash Area

An uphill hike through Pipemakers Park leads to this reserve, which has open space for running and a dog agility park.

Pipe Dreams by Matthew Harding in Maribyrnong

Footscray Park Dog Park

A simple, open, off-leash dog space is on the western lawn adjoining Maribyrnong Blvd.

Amenities Along This Dog-Friendly Trail

  • Dog Water Stations: Well-placed water stations mean your pup won't pant for long.
  • Dog Bag Dispensers: The trail is equipped with bins and bag dispensers, making it easy to dispose of those not-so-pleasant poo bags. It's always a good idea to carry a few bags from home, just in case.
  • Seating: Plenty of seats are peppered throughout the trail, perfect for a quick rest.
  • Public Toilets: Conveniently positioned along the trail, ensuring that when nature calls, you're well-covered.
  • BBQs and Picnic Areas: a leisurely picnic or BBQ with family and friends is ideal.

Visiting Maribyrnong River Trail

Multiple parking spots along the trail are available, including Maribyrnong Blvd in Footscray, Jensen Reserve in Footscray, and Pipemakers Park in Maribyrnong.

The path gets busy in the mornings and afternoons, with many locals getting out and cyclists riding to work.

Unless in designated off-leash areas, dogs must stay on lead. The trail is very popular with cyclists, so be cautious not to get in their way.