These high temperatures can put even the most active dogs off their daily walk. Now Harry is a such a good walker (*glows with pride) I don’t want the warmer weather to put him off our daily constitutional, so we’ve been seeking out shady excursions that aren’t too taxing for either of us.
We discovered Cooper Park last year, after it was recommended to us by a friend and fellow dog-owner. And what a beautiful find: just a few minutes’ from Bondi Junction, this is a lush and expansive place of peacefulness.
Dogs are permitted in the park but they need to be kept on a leash. It worked out fine for us: we simply put Harry on a retractable leash, which allowed him to take a leisurely amble and sniff to his heart’s content.
We entered the park from Bellevue Hill Road and made our way down the steep steps (not so much fun on the way back) and down into the gully.
Following Cooper Creek, we meandered along the walking tracks which took us past pools and moss-covered stone bridges, under shady canopies and through a forest of tree ferns.
Damp, dark and cool, Cooper Park feels a world away from a hot summer in the city.
Dogs are permitted on a leash throughout the park and off-leash on the turfed sports ground adjacent to Suttie Road between 4.30pm and 8.30am. There are several cafés near the park entrance on Bellevue Road for those needing an after-walk reviver.
Cooper Park has plenty to offer for a full day out, with a children’s playground, picnic areas, toilets and a tennis court. For more information visit Woollahra Council website.