Sydney is home to a number of beautiful parks that cater not only to sports lovers, but dog owners as well. One of these is Primrose Park on Grafton Street in Cremorne.
Walking tracks through the bushland
Get up close and personal with nature
Opposite Brightmore Reserve, a bicycle-riding park for kids, Primrose Park is both picturesque and useful. Overlooking the harbour, you'll want to take advantage of one of the picnic benches to just sit and take in the view. Or do like many others do on the weekend, and take a blanket and a picnic basket and soak up some rays for a bit.
Plenty of friends for dogs to socialise with
Primrose Park is particularly popular with dog owners, as it is one of Sydney's leash-free zones. This means you'll often find dogs running about chasing balls, as well as professional dog walkers making many trips a day. Many of the dogs like to crawl down to the water for a splash, or make use of the nearby waterfall to get their paws wet. If you're lucky, you might even come across a dog birthday party and be invited to have a slice of cake.
Trees perfect for having a picnic under
Best taken in on a sunny Sydney day
The park is popular with sports lovers too. It has two large ovals, and a number of green cricket pitches. Down one end there are tennis courts, sitting slightly above the ovals so that players aren't bothered by dog walkers or exercisers. A number of yoga practitioners and private trainers choose to run their classes there. You'll also find walking tracks through the bushland along one side of the park, leading to Folly Point or areas of Cammeray. These are beautiful tracks full of native flora, but you'll definitely need to be fit and able-bodied to use them. If you bring your dog, they will also need to stay on the leash in these areas.
If water views are your thing, you can't go past Primrose Park.
Primrose Park also has a little something for local history buffs. Parts of the former Primrose Park Sewage Works (North Sydney's first sewage treatment works) structure is still there, including the engine house, tunnels and canals. The Works closed in the 1920s, and the land has been dedicated as a park sine the 1930s. Aboriginal rock art also shows that the area was used by the Cammerarygal people.
Dogs can get their feet wet if they want
Dogs also need to be kept on leash on the walking tracks
There is designated parking at Primrose Park, as well as limited on-street parking nearby. Otherwise, you can walk there from Military Road, along which are numerous bus stops.
Does not get much more picturesque than this
If you're after the chance to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and exercise or socialise your four-legged friend; Primrose Park is the perfect place to do it.
Definitely worth a visit
Where: Grafton Street (off Young Street), Cremorne
Why: For the beautiful views, and so your dog can exercise off-leash