City dwellers, you don’t always have to go far to find a pocket of bushland for you to explore with your dog! There are often heaps of dog friendly parks located nearer to urban areas making it easy to have a mini adventure with your dog on the weekends.
We found ourselves with a chock-a-block weekend this just gone, and I was itching for a bit of adventure with Kate after a fully booked Saturday. Sunday rolled around and I was determined to try and get even an hour for Kate and I to go explore somewhere new.
Every Sunday morning we go to obedience training about an hour’s drive from our home in Boronia, Melbourne. In between this and a family lunch up in the same area, I took the opportunity to find a park nearby – one that offered a bit of off the path exploration if possible!
As luck would have it I found Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, a lake that allowed dogs on leash right near where we were having lunch. Perfect!
Located in Blackburn, Melbourne, the sanctuary consists of the lake, wetlands, a visitors centre, two playgrounds, walking trails and picnic tables and toilets. Kate and I walked through the playground and open grassy areas in search of what we wanted to find – a bit of bush track to wander off into! We didn’t find any single track, but what we did find was a wide easy dirt and gravel path that looped the lake. We headed off on the lake circuit track taking advantage of the multiple viewing and rest spots on the lakes edge.
It was turning into a warm day, so Kate even took advantage of one of these viewing spots for a quick swim and drink in the lake!
We took our time around the circuit which isn’t a huge walk stopping to explore all the little side paths that you find along the way.
Be aware the snakes are becoming more active so be sure to keep your dog on leash (as the park rules stipulate anyway!) and don’t let them venture off the path into the high grasses as the weather warms up.
It was a great mini adventure for us, and Kate loved being able to sniff and explore somewhere new!
A spare hour and a google map is all we needed on the weekend to find our latest adventure, so get out there and explore your local area – it might surprise you with what you find!
Do you have any pockets of bushland that are your ‘go to’ spots for a mini dog adventure?