The Central Coast is home to a number of off-leash parks, reserves and beautiful beaches where you can let your pups off their leads and enjoy the outdoors with the whole family!
Things to remember
1. Dogs are prohibited and must not enter
- within 10 metres of any children’s playground or playing apparatus
- a public bathing or sporting recreation area
- a public place set apart by Council for the protection of wildlife, e.g. COSS lands.
- any beach not specifically designated as an off-leash exercise area
2. When enjoying off-leash areas
- animals must always be under effective control of a competent person
- no more than four dogs per person can be taken to an off leash area
- While dogs are allowed on designated beaches and reserves unleashed, as an owner you remain liable if the dog attacks another person or animal, or causes a nuisance to people on the beach. On-the-spot fines can be issued for unregistered dogs or for owners who do not clean up after their dogs.
3. All other public spaces
- animals must be on a leash and under effective control at all times
4. Pick up your poo!
No matter where you are, the dog walker is responsible for picking up and disposing dog poo thoughtfully!
For more information about the responsibilities of pet owners see the NSW Department of Local Government's information for dog owners.
Small dog off-leash area trial
From mid-July 2021, Council is trialling a small dog off-leash exercise area at Tuggerah Dog Park and Helen Reserve where small dogs and puppies (10kg and under) can socialise in a separate off-leash area from bigger dogs. Signage has been erected at Tuggerah Dog Park to identify the off-leash zone for small dogs only. We look forward to updating the community on the results of the trial.
List of designated dog off-leash locations
Always check the signs at each location to ensure you are in a designated off-leash area.