Off Leash: A Pet Friendly Day Out

By Marie Antoinette Issa

Can’t stand to be separated from your furry friend? Fortunately, with these pet-approved pit stops in Parramatta you don’t have to be. 

Paw-esome Parks

If you're planning a day out with your furry friend why not start by visiting one of the many leash-free parks in and around Parramatta.

Whether you're looking for adventure through the city centre, or prefer a quiet stroll around some neighbouring suburbs, there are plenty of options for dogs and their owners to enjoy the great outdoors.

Dan Mahoney Reserve in North Parramatta provides city slickers with a perfect pet-friendly escape that caters to animal lovers and their companions. The park features a fenced off-leash area as well as a much needed drinking station for your furry friend. The added seating for owners to catch their breath make this park an instant hit with dogs and humans alike. 

Alternatively, if you choose to stick to the burbs, you can check out these  off-leash dog parks: McCoy Park or Barnett Park (both in Winston Hills); Cowells Lane Reserve or George Kendall Riverside Park (both in Ermington); Burlington Memorial Park (Northmead); Don Moore Reserve (North Rocks), Deakin Park (Silverwater), McCoy Park (Toongabbie) and Pierre De Coubertin park (Newington).

Out with the Pooch at Baludarri Wetland.

Out with the pooch at Baludarri Wetland. Image: Carla Dibbs

Dog-ustation Menu

If you're looking for a snack while spending the day with your fur baby, check out these pet-friendly cafes and restaurants.

River Café, Shop 9/330 Church St, Parramatta 

Spend an afternoon by the river as the warm and wonderful staff at the River Cafe play host to you and your pooch.

This waterfront precinct has plenty of outdoor seating so you can bask in the morning sun while enjoying the delightful breakfast and lunch items on offer. If the allowance of puppies isn't enough to entice you, we're certain the kid-friendly menu will prove the clincher.

Social Hideout, Entrada Centre,  2a/20 Victoria Rd, North Parramatta 

Hungry humans line up for the all-day breakfast and delicious “Cake Shakes” at this cosy café. But pets will be pleased to hear that they are also welcome.

Social Hideout features lots of outdoor seating and the wait-staff adore animals. In fact, ask them nicely and they’ll happily bring out some water in a bowl for your fluff-ball. Bone-Appetit! 

Café on Ventura, 13 Ventura Rd, Northmead 

For a café that cares about your coffee just as much as your cat, venture out to Ventura. As well as a park adjacent to the premise, the doors of the restaurant are absolutely open to animals.  

Classics on the adult menu include burgers, burritos and the breakfast pancakes. And pets are equally attended to with a friendly greeting and water bowl on arrival.  

Dogs at Ermington's Market by the River.

Dogs at Ermington's Market by the River. Image: Carla Dibbs

Re-tail Therapy

If your pet has been purr-fectly well behaved, we suggest treating them to a little something special at Pet Barn (563 Church Street North Parramatta). As well as grooming, DIY dog washing and pet-sitting services, you’d be barking mad not to stock up on one of Sydney’s most extensive ranges of pet food, toys and accessories.



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Trouble in Pet Paradise?

If you’ve hit ruff patch with your pet’s health, The Parramatta Veterinary Hospital (100 Grose St Parramatta) is available to assist in any animal emergencies. It includes a surgical theatre, grooming salon, doggy day care and boarding facilities for both cats and dogs.

Do you have any other recommendations for Parramatta’s most pet-friendly places? We would love to hear your suggestions!