Banyule's parks and reserves - particularly around the Banyule
Flats Wetlands and Warringal Park provide much needed open space
for dog owners, runners, cyclists and walkers. Here are their
BANYULE DOG WALKERSby Shirley
Every day and long into the evenings, people enjoy using the
parklands for dog walking. The short grass around the ovals
is ideal for walking in summer when the danger of snakes means dogs
must be exercised away from the river and from the long grass.
In winter, stalwart dog walkers puff clouds of breath into the
cool air at night as they are often the only people wandering about
after dark with their four legged companions. Hardy cyclists
race by keeping their bodies warm with action while the dog walkers
wrap up in coats and scarves and this means a winter wardrobe for
their dogs often too.
In winter, dog walkers can explore wide expanses of parkland and
take their furry companions down to the river to wade in the cool
water. The majority of dog walkers are such regular visitors
to the Banyule walks that they hold these trails very dear.
On many days, walkers have spotted platypus in the river,
wombats, kangaroos and koalas. Being animal lovers, dog
walkers generally are responsible and keen to protect the wildlife,
knowing from their many walks, just where they may be
Dog walkers form community. From being regularly in the
parklands, groups often walk and get to know each other.
Empathy for someone who has lost a beloved pet, or advice for
someone with a puppy can be shared experiences.
They say that many people meet their partner by dog
walking. It is so much easier to have a conversation when a
dog is in the middle of the subject. And if the dogs get on
as well, it can be a blending of fur families!
Every year, the dog walkers meet in the park, in front of the
tennis courts for a Christmas in the dog park picnic.
Everyone with a dog is welcome and new comers can meet regulars and
enjoy discovering a bit more about locals in the community.
In spring there is sometimes another picnic which was dubbed, The
Annual Banyule Spring Canine-Avil.
For some, the dog is the best reason to keep exercising. A
dog will take the owner for a walk every day if it can persuade the
owner off the couch. This is a great way for people to
continue walking and getting fresh air. The parklands offer
both on lead and off lead areas where an owner can walk for health
and the dog can be exercised.
Dogs that are rarely exercised can develop problem
behaviour. A dog that is socialized and is regularly walked
is less likely to be an aggressive dog and will be less likely to
have barking problems from boredom. Banyule's parklands make
this a great place for a dog and their owner to live!
Cycling in Banyule
Many families enjoy the extensive trails around Banyule Flats,
they also form a particularly pictureseque section of the Yarra
Trail. For a map of the main Yarra Trail ride from Kew to
Banyule Flats follow the link.
Walking and running in Banyule
Banyule wetlands and Warringal Park are fantastic places for a
leasurley walk or a more energetic run. The views across the open
spaces are amazing and one can hardly believe that this oasis
is a mere 10 kms from the CBD. Our community treasures this place
and we are envied by many who have to come from further afar in
Melbourne to enjoy our parklands.
I use a tracking system to calculate my running distance in the
absence of a GPS app now used by many runners for
their training. Follow this link to calculate your
running or walking distance for an alternative to an app.
A great way to discover the area is along the Heidelberg Artists
Trail. Follow the link to download a map for the Heidelberg School Artists
Trail (Heidelberg and Bulleen Section).
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