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    Default Bridgewater in SA anyone?

    Hi guys,
    Just a quick question. Is here anyone from Bridgewater in SA by chance? Or knows the suburb well? We consider moving there and I'd be interested to hear what the off-lead walking situation is there...
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    Bridgewater is in the Adelaide Hills.

    Most roads in the Adelaide Hills have no footpaths and no long line of sight, they scare the hell out of me. Don't know if Bridgewater specifically is better. You could use google street view to have a look. There's a bit of a footpath along the old mount barker road (which used to be the road to Melbourne), but that is a high traffic road and scares the crap out of me and my dog. My brother lives at Stirling. Stirling has a dedicated off lead dog park but I don't know where. It would be on the Adelaide Hills Website. Mount Barker has it's own council - so they'd have a separate list of parks - and they do have some nice open spaces - don't know if they're dog off lead tho.

    But there are heaps of places to walk a dog in the hills. Like retired footy ovals. Rules vary, don't seem to get enforced. I sometimes board my dog near Mylor and Mylor has a nice big oval and space where you can walk your dogs off lead - no sports clubs seem to use it any more. You do want to be wary of the usual wildlife hazards like roos, koalas, snakes, cats, cars and etc.

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    Erm, I'm absolutely with you about the roads in the Adelaide Hills! I'd rather not walk along one of these roads if I can help it. With or without footpath. There are absolutely crazy drivers out here! Ovals are a quick fix when not much time at hand, but not an everyday solution.

    There is the 'Dogs and Open Spaces' pamphlet from the council. That's how I know that there are lots of reserves and parks in Bridgewater - but only two designated off-leash dog areas. One I couldn't locate with any map so it must be miniscule. The other one borders on the freeway (meh). What I'm really wanted to know is ... don't shoot me down ... whether leash rules are enforced in the reserves. I'm living about 20 mins from Echunga and while we don't have any off leash areas either, nobody bothers. In fact a lot of residents don't even bother with fencing...

    I know it's not everyone's cup of tea and a lot of people would hate it. I don't. I love it and it's the main reason why I'm reluctant to move away from here. I have two reserves in walking distance that are big enough to be called 'a walk', meaning I'm not just standing around and let the dogs do the walking They both have dams/creeks for the dogs to swim in, open spaces to chase a ball and enough bush to be interesting to sniff around. Within a 10 mins drive there is the whole world of the Kuitpo Forest... as far as I'm concerned it doesn't get much better. So at least I want to make sure - before we look any further into our options - that I'd be able to walk the dogs somewhere else than along a road or an oval... it's just the difference between fun and a chore

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    My experience of rangers - is they only come when you call them, if you're lucky. And then you've got a good 2 hours to make your get away. Not sure about the Hills council, but mine - the dog ranger also does everything else a council ranger gets to do - including the occasional parking ticket (and you have to ring up for that too). Clearly the things the ranger can fine for - aren't covering the cost of hire.

    I only know of one place where everyone is afraid of the rangers - and that's the Goodwood orphanage. I didn't see any rangers, but it's easy for them to hide there, and they book people for having their dog off lead in the car park. Go around the corner to Goodwood Oval - and you cannot get a ranger to come out and get dogs off the oval when there is a sports game in progress. not good. That's Unley Council I think.

    Otherwise - they're not interested. And that's Charles Sturt, Mitcham, Unley, Adelaide, Onkaparinga etc.

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