Pets in parks
National parks and reserves are refuges for native animals. Dogs and other domestic pets (other than trained assistance animals such as guide dogs) must not be taken into national parks, state conservation areas, nature reserves, historic sites or Aboriginal areas, because:
- Native animals see dogs as predators. The lasting scent left by dogs can easily scare small animals and birds away from their homes, often causing them to leave their young unprotected.
- Dog faeces carry diseases which can be harmful to wildlife and people, and also add nutrients to the soil, increasing the spread of weeds.
- If dogs and other domestic pets have frightened native animals away from popular visitor areas, there will be no wildlife for other visitors to see.
- Dogs can interfere with the enjoyment of other park visitors.
However, you can walk your dog in some regional parks. These large, open spaces in urban areas are managed by the NPWS to give city residents recreational opportunities in pleasant, natural surroundings.
You'll find details about dog walking in each of our regional parks below. Please remember to bring a plastic bag to clean up after your dog.
|Name of park||Dog walking in this park|
|Berowra Valley Regional Park ||You can walk your dog in the park's designated dog walking areas, provided it is on a leash at all times. The designated areas are: |
Dogs are not permitted anywhere else in the park, including Crosslands Reserve.
- Bellamy Fire Trail between Bellamy Street and De Saxe Close, Thornleigh
- Daphne Fire Trail between Tuscan Way (at the end of Daphne Close) and Patricia Place, Cherrybrook
- Clarinda Fire Trail between Clarinda Street and Simon Place, Hornsby.
|Coffs Coast Regional Park ||You can walk your dog in many areas of the regional park, provided it is on a leash and under the effective control of a competent person. You can also exercise your dog, unrestrained, in the following leash-free areas: |
Dogs are not permitted in the following areas:
- Hearns Lake Beach (Woolgoolga)
- Darkum Beach (Woolgoolga North)
- Corindi/Pipe Clay Beach (Arrawarra North)
- Emerald Beach, north of Fiddamans Creek and south of Diggers Head
- Woolgoolga Back Beach.
- Diggers Beach (Coffs Harbour)
- Emerald Beach, south of Fiddamans Creek
- Sandy Beach
- Woolgoolga Beach (Woolgoolga)
- around children's play apparatus
- around public food preparation areas
- in wildlife protection areas.
|Leacock Regional Park ||Dogs are permitted in the regional park, provided they are kept on a leash at all times.|
|Murray Valley Regional Park ||Dogs are permitted in all precincts of the regional park. The regional park boundary in the east is Honeymoon Bend on Toupha Crossing Road, and covers the area between Millewa Road and the Murray River. To the west the regional park extends to Gulpa Creek and dogs are allowed in the area from the regional park boundary in the south (Edward River and Picnic Point Road) to the regional park boundary in the north, which is 1km past the intersection of Melville's Road and Gulpa Creek Road.|
|Rouse Hill Regional Park ||Dogs are permitted in the regional park, provided they are kept on a leash at all times.|
|William Howe Regional Park ||Dogs are permitted in the regional park, provided they are kept on a leash at all times.|
|Wolli Creek Regional Park ||Dogs are permitted in the regional park, provided they are kept on a leash at all times.|
Page last updated: 08 August 2012