Off-leash areas

We recognise that dog off-leash areas are beneficial for the health and wellbeing of dogs. Many of our parks have designated off-leash areas. Download our guide to on and off-leash locations with maps showing parks where there are designated off-leash areas to exercise your dog.

On and off-leash guide(PDF, 3MB)

Remember to follow these simple rules

  • Dogs must be kept under control by means of a chain, cord or leash, which is no more than 1.5 metres in length.
  • You must clean up after your dogs at all times.
  • Dogs should be on a leash at all times in public places, except in certain parks and reserves that are designated off-leash areas.
  • Dogs must not be off-leash within 20 metres of:
    • playgrounds, barbecues or picnic areas;
    • the Duncan Mackinnon Athletics Track and netball facilities and the Packer Park Velodrome;
    • sportsground preparation and sporting events; and
    • organised public meetings.
  • Your dog should not harass people or other animals. Even when dogs are in off-leash areas, they must still be under effective voice control and in sight of their owner.
  • Dogs must be on a leash within five metres of shared footpaths and bicycle paths.

Consider others

Off-leash areas are still public areas, which means they are open for all to enjoy, not just dog owners. Not all people like dogs and some people can be intimidated by even small dogs running up to them, so never let your dog jump up on people.

If your dog does not return to you when call it or you have difficulty controlling your dog’s behaviour, you should never let your dog off its leash.

We regularly patrol our parks and open spaces to ensure owners are meeting their obligations. Remember significant fines can apply to owners found doing the wrong thing.