Dog parks, beaches and off-leash locations

Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to keep them happy and healthy! If you would like to give your dog some lead free time, visit one of Council’s allocated off-leash dog exercise areas.

Your dog is allowed on dedicated off-leash beaches, parks and reserves, however must still be under your control and come back to you when called. This is important so everyone can enjoy our beaches, parks and open spaces.

Things to remember

1. Dogs are prohibited and must not enter
•    schools or within 10 metres of any children’s playground 
•    food preparation areas and shopping centres 
•    a public place set apart by Council for the protection of wildlife, e.g. COSS lands. 
•    sporting recreation areas or any beach not specifically designated as an off-leash exercise area 

2. When enjoying off-leash areas
•    your dog must always be under 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, you must ensure your dog’s behaviour doesn’t disrupt others. 

3. All other public spaces
•    when out and about it’s important to remember to always keep your dog on a lead. This includes when outside your home, and on your driveway or the footpath. 
 
4. Pick up your poo!
•    if your dog poos in a public place or on someone else’s property, you are responsible for picking it up and disposing of it thoughtfully. This will stop it from getting into our waterways or ending up on the bottom of other people’s shoes.  

Off-leash small dog exercise area

Small dogs and puppies (10kg and under) can socialise in a separate off-leash area from bigger dogs at Tuggerah Dog Park and Helen Reserve Gorokan. 

List of designated dog off-leash locations

Council is making it easier for residents and visitors to recognise areas across the Central Coast that are dog friendly.

You will begin to notice new red, amber, and green replacement signs, visible in certain locations across the region.

Central Coast - Designated Dog Off-Leash Signs

What these new signs stand for:

  • Red signs indicate dogs are prohibited in these areas 
  • Amber signs are a reminder that your dog must be on a leash. It’s important to remember to always keep your dog on a leash. This includes when outside your home, and on your driveway or the footpath.
  • Green signs indicate designated off-leash areas

Always check the signs at each location to ensure you are in a designated off-leash area.

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Colongra Bay Reserve

Colongra Bay Road, Lake Munmorah NSW 2259

Facilities

Dog friendly

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Craigie Reserve

Donald Avenue, Kanwal NSW 2259

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Dog friendly

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Dulkara Road Playground

Dulkara Road, Woy Woy NSW 2256

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No facilities

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Emma James Street Reserve

Emma James Street, East Gosford NSW 2250

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Dog friendly

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Ettalong Beach

The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257

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Ettalong Oval

open
Pacific Parade, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257

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Shower & Toilet facilities, Seating - uncovered, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics, Play equipment

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Fagan Park

open
Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare NSW 2250

Facilities

Toilet facilities, Picnic facilities, Parking - free, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics, Pathways for bike riding/walking/jogging, Play equipment, Shade

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Fitzgibbon Close Reserve

Fitzgibbon Close, Avoca Beach NSW 2251

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Dog friendly

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Forresters Beach

open
Kalakau Avenue, Forresters Beach NSW 2260

Facilities

Parking - free

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Gavenlock Oval

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Adam Street, Narara NSW 2250

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Lighting, Shower & Toilet facilities, Parking - free, Court/s, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics, Play equipment

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