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Dog walking in parks

Some NSW regional parks permit dogs, if supervised, but most 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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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 bags and clean up any mess wherever dog walking is permitted.

People with a disability may be accompanied by a trained assistance animal in areas open to the public.

Where can I bring my dog?

Berowra Valley Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted on:

  • 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

On-leash dogs permitted away from picnic areas and children's play areas.

Bomaderry Creek Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted away from picnic areas and children's play areas.

Coffs Coast Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted at:

  • 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
Euston Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted in all areas.

Goolawah Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted at Delicate campground and Delicate Beach.

Leacock Regional Park

Dogs permitted in all areas.

Murray Valley Regional Park

Dogs permitted in all areas.

Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park

Dogs permitted at:

  • Bunyip Hole campground
  • Wooloondool campground

Parramatta River Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted on designated walking tracks in the park and in the nearby foreshore parks to the east and west.

Rouse Hill Regional Park

Dogs permitted in all areas.

William Howe Regional Park

Dogs permitted in all all areas.

Wolli Creek Regional Park

Dogs permitted in all areas.

Worimi Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted on a 3km section of the beach south of Birubi Headland. 

Yellomundee Regional Park

On-leash dogs permitted on:

  • Coreena and Burrawang bridle trails
  • Transgrid management trail along the Nepean River.

Dogs are welcome in all NSW State forests

If you’re keen to enjoy nature with your dog you might want to visit a NSW State Forest. Dogs are welcome in all State forests across the state.

Visit the Forestry Corporation website 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.

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

Please read the Pets in Parks policy for more information.

Can I bring my dog to historic sites?

Some historic sites, like Hill End Historic Site and Hartley Historic Site, are managed as 'living' villages or towns. Dogs may be permitted on-leash in these locations, but you should check with the local NPWS office for the historic site to confirm whether dogs are allowed and any conditions that may apply.

Are there restrictions for assistance animals in parks?

You can bring your trained assistance animal, including guide dogs and hearing dogs, into areas open to the public, if you have reasonable proof that it is an assistance animal. Please refer to the Pets in Parks Policy for more details, including accepted forms of proof.

If you’re planning to book accommodation in a park, we encourage people with assistance animals to contact the local NPWS office for the park beforehand.

Can I drive through parks with my pet?

If you’re travelling through a national park or reserve on a public road, you can have pets in your car provided you:

  • keep your pets inside the vehicle while crossing the park
  • don’t stop to visit the park or use facilities (unless for safety reasons or to use publicly accessible toilets)
  • comply with any other park conditions.
People walking along the trail. Photo: John Yurasek