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Dog walking in parks

Our NSW national parks and reserves are refuges for native Australian animals. So, when it comes to protecting these precious places, leaving your dogs and pets at home is for a good cause. Some NSW regional parks permit dog walking, and you're welcome to let your dog join in the fun in those parks as long as they're well supervised.

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Leaving the family dog at home can be difficult when the rest of you are off on a national park adventure. The sights, sounds and smells of dogs and other domestic pets may cause these animals great stress, even causing them to leave their homes and their young unprotected.

However, there are some regional parks which permit dogs on the premises, as long as you agree to keep them under 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.
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 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.

People walking along the trail. Photo: John Yurasek