Dogs love to go for a walk and meet up with others. This enhances their quality of life and it’s good for their mental and physical health. It is important to walk your dog daily.
Please place your dog on a leash, ensure he or she is under your control at all times and be mindful to pick up. Your dog is welcome to visit most public places with you or with another competent person. There are some exemptions, so look out for signs or symbols that identify where dogs are not allowed. These are generally beaches, rock pools, water bodies, synthetic grass areas and wildlife protection areas. Dogs are not allowed within 10 metres of a playground or a BBQ / human food consumption area.
Find out more about looking after your dog and taking him/her out in the Companion Animals Act 1998.
Dog off-leash areas
Our area has 29 dog-off leash areas. They are very diverse, and range from the shared use of a sportsground to fully a fenced dog park and foreshore reserves.
Dog off-leash areas provide a meeting place for dogs and their owners. Many dog owners and dogs have become great friends through regularly meeting with others at an off-leash area.
Apart from meeting human and fury friends, some dogs love going to the off-leash area to fetch a ball. Energetic, well-muscled breeds can run and really stretch out at an off-leash area. If your dog likes to swim, there are several scenic foreshore reserves where your dog can take a dip
Please note, dogs are prohibited at rock pool areas, netted bathing areas, and on all beaches on the Northern Beaches except Sandy Bay.
There are also a number of declared Wildlife Protection Areas (WPA’s) where cats and dogs are prohibited.
Finding the right off-leash area
Our dog off-leash areas have everything you need, they all have open space for your dog to run freely, shade, seating, tap, a dispenser with waste bags and a bin.
Each off-leash area has its own ‘vibe’. We suggest you visit a few areas and at different times, to find the best off-leash are for you and your dog. You can find out more about each off-leash area from the links below.
Please be mindful that not all dogs are suited to an off-leash area. Some can become overwhelmed by the other dogs and their activities. This can lead to fear or aggression. You can find out more from the RSPCA’s website, and/or you are welcome to contact one of Council’s Animal Management Officers.
Available for unleashed dogs from 12am to 7am daily. Dogs are not to use the oval when it is being used for sport or training.
Located at the northern end of Avalon Beach Reserve, this fully fenced dog off-leash area is medium sized, with plenty of room for dogs to run freely.
Beacon Hill Reserve is open to unleashed dogs from 11pm - 8.30am weekdays and 11pm - 7.30am weekends.
The Currie Road dog off-leash area is located on Currie Road just before the entry to the Forestville Park sportsground.
Unleashed dogs permitted when conducting dog training sessions. At all other times dogs must be leashed.
This dog park at Curl Curl includes a large grassed open space where dogs are permitted off leash 24hrs.
There are two dog off leash areas in this location - Sports field 3 (restricted times) and a fenced off-leash area (unrestricted times).