Mount Gambier is packed with dog-friendly walking tracks, parks, and attractions for everyone and their four legged friends to enjoy. There are plenty of options when it comes to popping your pooch on a leash, soaking up some vitamin D and enjoying a leisurely walk around some of Mount Gambier’s most picturesque scenery.
We also understand that every pooch needs a place to stay, a check up and a little bit of pampering now and then, so we have you covered there as well.
Sights and Attractions
John Watson Drive
Enjoy one of Mount Gambier’s most renowned attractions with your four-legged friend. Dogs are allowed to join you on the 3.6km walk around the Blue Lake. Just make sure they remain on a leash at all times. Dog tidy bag stations are located around the lake.
It may be short and steep, but the walk up to the Centenary Tower is well worth the view. You can take your dog up to the tower and if you’re looking for a little extra you can also continue on the Crater Lakes Trail that will take you right around the rim of the Valley Lakes. Dogs must be on a leash.
Valley Lake and Brownes Lake
The Valley Lake Recreation Area is a haven for family fun, including your pets. With large open green spaces, picnic facilities and a large playground there’s plenty of room for you and your dog to explore. Just remember that this is a shared space and dogs must be on a leash.
Leg of Mutton Lake
This is a bit of a local favourite here in Mount Gambier. Walk down into the Leg of Mutton and it will feel like you have stepped into a natural oasis, especially in the winter and autumn months. It won’t feel like you’re in the centre of town. Just remember dogs must be on a leash.
1 Bay Road
Right in the heart of Mount Gambier you will find the Cave Garden. The sinkhole is surrounded by beautiful gardens, with the roses being a key feature. In the evening watch the evening light show that projects within the sinkhole. Enjoy the park with your pets, just make sure they are on a leash.
Jubilee Highway East
You can’t come to Mount Gambier and not visit Umpherston Sinkhole. This enchanting sunken garden is surrounded by parkland with log benches and picnic facilities. Dogs are allowed on a leash at the park surrounding the sinkhole but must not enter down into the sinkhole as it is home to a variety of native animals.
Blue Lake Sports Park
100 Jubilee Highway East
With soccer, football, hockey, softball, cricket, baseball and other sporting facilities, the Blue Lake Sports Park is a versatile park for all ages and interests. It is one of few off the leash dog parks in Mount Gambier. As this is a shared space, please be mindful of cleaning up after your dog.
Mountain Path Road, Mount Schank
Just a 15 minute drive from Mount Gambier, the 2km walk around the volcano crater’s rim provides sensational views of the region. Dogs can join you on this adventure as long as they are on a leash. The walk to the top is quite steep, but definitely worth it!
Port MacDonnell Beach
Sea Parade, Port MacDonnell
Port MacDonnell is Mount Gambier’s closest beach town and is also the crayfish capital of Australia. Enjoy a stroll along the beach and take in the pure fresh air. Although it may be tempting to take them off the leash, your dogs must be on a leash and cannot go within 800m of the jetty.
Carpenter Rocks Road, Carpenter Rocks
Enjoy some of our pure Southern Ocean air at Bucks Bay. 30 minutes from Mount Gambier, Carpenter Rocks is a little more secluded than Port MacDonnell, Carpenter Rocks is a little more secluded than Port MacDonnell. When visiting Bucks Bay your dog must always be on a leash.