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Dog walking in parks

Some NSW regional parks permit dogs, if supervised, but the majority of NSW national parks and reserves are a refuge for native Australian animals. This means dogs and other domestic pets are generally not permitted.

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Where can I walk my dog? 

Dogs and other pets are not permitted in most NSW national parks and reserves. You can, however, bring your dog to some NSW regional parks, as long as they're under effective control. Always remember to bring plastic bags and clean up any mess wherever dog walking is permitted.

People with disability may be accompanied by a trained assistance animal, such as guide dogs, or hearing dogs, in areas open to the public.

Here's a list of regional parks with dog walking areas:

Name of parkDog walking areas
Berowra Valley Regional Park - Bellamy trail between Bellamy Street and De Saxe Close, Thornleigh.
- Daphne trail between Tuscan Way (at the end of Daphne Close) and Patricia Place, Cherrybrook.
- Clarinda trail, between Clarinda Street and Simon Place, Hornsby.
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park
- Leashed dog walking is permitted away from picnic areas and children's play areas.
Bomaderry Creek Regional Park
- Leashed dog walking is permitted away from picnic areas and children's play areas.
Coffs Coast Regional Park - 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
- Woolgoolga Lake
Goolawah Regional Park
- Delicate campground
Leacock Regional Park All areas
Murray Valley Regional Park All areas
Rouse Hill Regional Park All areas
William Howe Regional Park All areas
Wolli Creek Regional Park All areas

Dogs are also welcome in all NSW State Forests. Visit Forestry Corporation NSW or call the Forestry Corporation Information Line on 1300 655 687 or (02) 9871 3377.

Why can't I bring my dog to other NSW national parks and reserves?

Leaving the family dog at home can be difficult when you're off on a national park adventure, but there are some good reasons why dogs are prohibited:

  • The sights, sounds and smells of dogs and other domestic pets cause native animals great stress, even causing them to leave their homes and their young unprotected. 
  • Poisonous baits are often laid to control foxes and these can be fatal to dogs
  • Your dog is at risk of snake bites and tick bites in NSW national parks
  • If threatened, kangaroos and goannas may defend themselves and cause injury to your dog
  • Please read the Pets in Parks policy for more information

So leaving your dogs and pets at home helps to protect these precious places. 

People walking along the trail. Photo: John Yurasek