You can bring your assistance animal into a park, provided you have reasonable proof that it is an assistance animal.
There are also provisions in this policy for driving with pets through some parks and access for working dogs, but there are rules around this, so check the policy carefully, and if in doubt, contact your local National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Office.
1-5. Can I bring my pet into a park?
- You cannot bring a pet into a national park or other land reserved or acquired under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act), except as set out below.
- You can walk a dog on a leash in regional parks within designated dog walking areas. The plan of management for the regional park will determine if and where pets are permitted, and if any conditions apply. Regional parks that have dog walking areas are listed on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website, or you can contact the local NPWS Office for information.
- Some historic sites, such as Hill End Historic Site and Hartley Historic Site, are managed as 'living' villages or towns. Pet dogs may be permitted on leash in these locations, including associated campgrounds. You should check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website or contact the local NPWS Office to confirm whether dogs are allowed and any conditions that may apply. Plans of management for these sites may also address access arrangements for pets.
- NPWS may give consent (with or without conditions) for a pet to be brought into acquired land (i.e. areas managed by NPWS but not reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act) after considering feasible and reasonable alternatives and potential environmental, public safety and park management impacts.
- Native title holders may be accompanied by an animal if this right is confirmed as part of a native title determination and such use is consistent with the terms of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement.