Rawson Park in Mosman is one of those parks that offers something for everyone. Sports fans, people with dogs, and those who just like a decent view, will all be happy with a visit.
An expanse of green grass that looks so inviting
If, like me, you are always looking for new places that have off-leash areas which you can take your dog, look no further. Rawson park is clearly signed, showing which areas dogs are allowed both on-leash and off, and those they mustnít go near at all. Happily, the off-leash area is big, so thereís plenty of room for your dog to run to his or her hearts content.
There is plenty of signage to show where you can take your dogs
Youíll find a number of other dog owners (and sometimes even professional dog walkers with groups of dogs) bringing their four-legged family members here, which means itís a great place to socialise your dog. And for those worried about cleaning up' there are multiple stands that have free biodegradable bags for picking up after your dog, and accompanying bins which use the mess to compost with. So not only is your dog getting their exercise, you can actually help the environment while doing so.
The environmentally friendly dog waste bags and bins make things even more convenient
This is the face of one very happy dog
Rawson park is also good for sports fans. There is a large, fenced-off oval (which the dogs are not allowed on, to keep it in pristine condition), as well as netball courts and tennis facilities. If cycling is more your thing, then one of the many walking tracks leading off Rawson Park is paved and suitable for cyclists. Otherwise, there are a number of walks that branch out from Rawson Park, suitable for different levels of fitness.
Paths lead off for those who want to walk or bike some more
Seating is provided everywhere, and a good time can be had by just taking in the view or laughing at the antics of some of the dogs, many of which get very excited by the bare expanse of grass before them. Rawson Park is surrounded by Sydney Harbour National Park and abandoned military land. It is also the home of the Scotland Australia Cairn, a structure which contains 1,750 stones and sits proudly atop the hill. This, along with the Celtic Cross which marks the grave of the aviator Keith Anderson are integral parts of the history of Mosmanís earliest families.
And the paths are clearly signed as well
Rawson Park does have its own car park, and it is usually easy to get a park there. There is also street parking nearby. Otherwise, there are a number of bus stops along nearby Bradley's Head Road, although these obviously wonít be an option if you are bringing your dog.
The Scotland Australia Cairn adds a bit of interest
If you just want to get outdoors for a bit, or take your dog somewhere they can run without getting in to trouble, Rawson Park is the place to do it. While you're at it, why not take a picnic? I've seen many others do it, and it would really round out a perfect outing.
The Celtic Cross is another beautiful structure you will find at Rawson Park
Rawson Park has plenty of free car parking to make things easier
Where: Cross Street, Mosman NSW
Why: For the dog off-leash area and general dog-friendliness.