Swift park is not only my favourite because it is the closest to where I live but because it has everything a dog park needs: plenty of space for fetching balls, a river to swim in, lots of friendly and playful dogs and their owners and - my dog's favourite part - a stinky drain just perfect to roll in! Let's be honest a visit to the dog park is just not the same if your dog does not get dirty.
This unfenced park starts just underneath the bridge, across the road from the Nerang Highschool. It is about a kilometre long with plenty of space for your dog to run around off leash. It features a dog agility area with all the usual hurdles, a barbecue area, tap, a fenced off children playground, toilets and there is also access to the Nerang River in case you would like to take your dog for a swim. Swift Park is beautifully maintained and a lovely place to go for a walk with your dog off the leash, especially if your dog pulls as much as mine. Or you could sit and chat in the barbecue area while watching your dog, with your kids safely in the fenced playground area.
This dog park is always busy in the late afternoon with lots of dogs and their owners, bike riders, skateboarders and children around so whether you are socialising your puppy or just want your dog to have a fun day out while meeting lots of new doggy friends - this is the place to be. In the morning and around lunchtime it is normally pretty quiet with mostly small dogs around so if you have a small or medium sized dog and you would like to avoid larger, "scary" dogs it is best to go there before 3 pm.
It is only about a 10 minute walk from one end to the other but I usually spend about an hour there with a few stops at the river, meeting people and their dogs or sitting on one of the benches watching my dog play. About three quarters down the way from the bridge there is a horribly smelly drain, which my labrador loves to go for a swim in. If you keep on walking straight for about another 10 minutes (dogs on leash) you will get to another dog park, which is very small but fenced.
There is a fairly large carpark just off Centurion Crescent with direct access to the park, however be prepared to park a bit further away on the weekend as it gets really busy.